The Tiger Lillies
This band headed by Martin Jakes is in much demand and tremendously
popular around the world. Martin has had three specially made
accordions by Fantini, the last one being made to miniature size with five extra bellows folds to allow maximum extension.
Pictured left the first custom made Tiger Lillies accordion.
Christian is a top session player
this specially made Allodi SPO/GB 26-72 Bass
3 sets of reeds starting
from low 'A' and with swing tuning.
(He now also has the SP30T with 30
piano keys to low 'G')
Ideal for Irish music.
One of the top
folk bands here and abroad.
- PAUL MaCARTNEY
Michael is a graduate from the Berklee College
of Music in America.
He has played in many countries around the world and is a top session
In celebration of the 250th year of Bach's death, he
has recorded the World Premiere of Bach's Passion of Saint Mark
composed by the Argentinian Osvaldo Golijov with the Boston Symphony
Michael is a special person to us. He is so technically
knowledgeable, such an innovative player and a real exponent of modern rhythm
patterns using tremendous bellows control, and such a nice
You may have seen Michael on BBC TV as he was chosen to perform
in the commemorative programme for the 60th anniversary of the Auschwitz
liberation. He found this a very emotional and
moving experience as it was all filmed in the Auschwitz
So do keep your eyes and ears open
for any performances in your area.
An amazing photograph!
Michael has been busy recording the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola's new
they are pictured relaxing and having a little "jammin" session
One of the
Fisherman's Friends Singing Group from Port Issac, Cornwall
Taken in front of
70,000 fans on the main stage at Glastonbury.
WITH HIS LONG TIME ACCORDIONIST ALAN DUNN
Another Fantini/Allodi enthusiast.
Alan Dunn also uses the new Roland Virtual Accordion.
THE ONE AND ONLY
has two Fantini accordions - one double cassotto CP22 and one
standard SP4 and is mentioned and complimented by players from all over the world who have seen or heard her.
real name for herself on the music scene.
One of the very best accordionists that you will ever be
lucky enough to
hear. Tino requested a specially designed Fantini convertor model
accordion for himself.
This very talented and disciplined
musician composes to such a high standard that his choral works are
frequently performed at the Vatican, Rome.
We are also proud to call him a long-standing friend
of the Allodi family
A great picture of a highly
innovative and talented all round musician, not just accordionist,
and look what instrument he has chosen to play!
I told him not to take off the protection pad on the back of the accordion......
To see some fine playing by
Eddie please click on the above link and watch his YouTube samples
an Allodi Accordion
John is a former British Accordion
Champion who now specialises in playing accordions which are fitted with
midi or electronics, this includes writing his own software programs for
his own specific needs as an extremely busy, working musician/performer.
The accordion you see in the photograph has been specially made for John
to his own exacting specification.
The midi is being fitted
retrospectively and to my knowledge will be the first of it's type with
The May Day Festival
Thanks to Jason & Co. - becoming an
Photographs - Courtesy of Malcolm McCarthy
the radio recording studio playing
a CP/26 - an unusual specification of single cassotto 96 bass with
musette tuning; this has depth of sound from the bassoon reed but
pure strong musette uncompromised by having the clarinet reed in
Climax Ceilidh Band
Pete Currie - Skinner's Rats
(and dances apparently) with Hunters Moon Morris, hence the specific
design on the black Fantini; "Knots of May Ladies Morris" and
several local ceilidh bands including “The Little Orneaux Practice
Band” and “Selwyn’s Marrow”.
ACCORDION ORCHESTRA - ALL ACCORDIONS BY FANTINI
The Fantini and Allodi named
accordions are most important to me. The accordion which bears the family
"ALLODI" name was something that my father started many years ago. As my
business grew I began to get a stronger idea of what many of my customers
were looking for from an instrument and at that time we changed supplier and the Allodi accordion that we
sell today was born and continues to be made with the highest regard to quality.
The relationship that has established itself between Leandro Fantini and myself is
long standing by many years now and it means that we can talk honestly and openly to each
other because of the genuine trust and friendship we have. Every consignment arriving from Italy is
by me to ensure that all
I check to see if any improvements are necessary
and liaise with Leandro to find out what can be done on virtually a daily
basis. We are in continual
contact and we work totally together to achieve the
best result for our customers. We are always looking for new ideas,
new designs and materials to work with, for weight improvements, visual
glamour and sound maximisation.
If I require anything at all for an
instrument or a customer, he is the person I call and he never fails to help me
in any way that he can so that I am then able to do the same for my
the right is a photograph of the Allodi PP7 model in one of the beautiful fully
One of the great things about the Fantini range is that I
am able to be flexible in offering my customers extra personalised
designs. When buying any Fantini/Allodi instrument, be it the
smallest 48 bass or a top of the range model you can add little
personalised decoration touches that really make it your own.
The choice is totally yours. As little or as much decoration as you
want. They come in a variety of
as a basic box and
you can request hand-made reeds for an extra Ł250-350 depending on size
of accordion. Also in terms of specification, I have instigated many
new models over the years that have become part of their standard
catalogue. For example, Fantini offers 26 key models with not only
48 bass but with 54 and 72 bass starting on any note, with either two or
three sets of reeds with any combination of couplers you may
require. These requests are also made with minimal charges if
Many other factories or suppliers are not so accommodating to
please individual customer requirement. There are still many
other instrument specifications not shown on the website, however, if you
would like more information on an instrument style or tuning you cannot
see listed, please do not hesitate to contact me.