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Busato Accordions (and banjos)!

MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
edited October 2008 in Accordion Posts: 6,154
I've heard over the years that in addition to guitars, Busato produced Banjos and Accordions. I just did a little looking and found these interesting artifacts:

busatomini.jpg

Model "reduced" the workshop BUSATO, Paris (circa 1950)
(un des plus petits accordéons du monde connu) (one of the smallest of the known world accordions)


So I guess he built BIG guitars and little accordions.....

harmobusato.jpg

Beautiful harmonéon the workshop BUSATO, Paris

Chevin.jpg


ChevinDos.jpg

CHEVIN Busato banjo guitar (mid 30's)

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  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 6,154
    and the "bling" on the harmoneon looks very familiar!

    1206.jpg
  • Posts: 597
    I've never really wanted a 6-string banjo. I do now. :D
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 6,154
    more photos of the banjo....


    ChevinPeau.jpg


    ChevinReso.jpg


    ChevinDecoReso.jpg


    ChevinTalon1.jpg


    Chevintete.jpg
  • ElliotElliot Madison, WisconsinNew
    Posts: 551
    Interesting how beautifully Art Nouveau these are, since by this time Art Deco was all the rage.
  • brandoneonbrandoneon Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France✭✭✭
    Posts: 171
    I've heard over the years that in addition to guitars, Busato produced Banjos and Accordions. I just did a little looking and found these interesting artifacts:

    Beautiful pictures! The harmoneon is actually kind of an odd instrument, in that it has the same keyboard layout for both hands (and without chord buttons on the left hand). The link between Busato and accordion manufacturing is Pierre Monichon (recently deceased), who in 1948 invented the harmoneon so that single note melodies could be played with both hands in a classical concert setting (being that there was some disdain for the accordion and its ability to play chords with single buttons). Monichon was the accordion professor to Busato's 2 daughters, and after some time Busato's brother-in-law immigrated to Paris and was put in charge of building harmoneon prototypes.
    So I guess he built BIG guitars and little accordions.....

    :lol::lol:
    He also made "normal" accordions (with 120 bass buttons) in addition to the harmoneon.

    Nice post!
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 6,154
    Here's another Busato accordion! :shock:
  • AndoAndo South Bend, INModerator Gallato RS-39 Modèle Noir
    Posts: 277
    Holy cow, those are amazing looking instruments.
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