We share your accordion passion!
Siwa Schumann custom made for me with the help of Guenadiy and the
Accordion Gallery captures everything I was looking for in a musette
instrument. The accordion is custom designed from the ground
up with a reed configuration of MMMM. The appearance, tuning,
size, and midi capabilities are as good, if not better than anyone can
expect out of a high end accordion in a compact design. The
custom musette tuning was exactly as I asked, and Guenadiy was more
than happy to help map out for me. The Schumann, on top of it
being a power house instrument, has the bonus of wireless midi built
in. The setup allows me to not only run built in sounds from
the internal sound card, but gives me the ability to WIRELESSLY run
Mainstage at virtually no latency. With a series of volume
pedals, I'm able to mix my acoustic accordion with not only multiple
bass setups, but combine those options with various synths all in real
time and again,... all wirelessly!
Thank you Siwa and Guenadiy!!
I wish to thank you so very much for all your attention to detail in restoring this fabulous instrument. The reeds are tuned to perfection and the keyboard feels great. This old Lo Duca Duke 13 accordion was well made and it has found a good home with me. I will treasure it always.
The accordion was packed very well and arrived in excellent condition. You have been extremely generous in your correspondence with me and very helpful answering all my questions and concerns in a timely manner.
I would recommend your service to all!!
Exchange, West Virginia
Thanks again for your patience and expertise in selecting my accordion. The Siwa and Figli Champion
is exactly what I was looking for combining full size keys, and professional tone in a lighter weight instrument. The interchangeable reed block was a bonus I didn't anticipate! The dynamic range of this instrument is remarkable and best of all, my wife likes the sounds of it.
Just want to say "Thank You" for your hospitality to
me and my grandson a few weeks ago, you made
the 4 1/2 hr trip from Western Pa. a real pleasure.
As for the "Polytone Polka King" accordion it is just
perfect. Your work on the keyboard is outstanding!! I get more complements on the looks and sound of the Polytone. Of course the first question is, where did you get it. My answer - Guenadiy at Accordion Gallery!!!!!!!
so much Guenadiy!
This special featured custom accordion was a perfect fit for my recent acoustic performance! My dear friend Les Skeans is with me on his cool photo work!
Glenn Miller - The Big One Man Band!
Love my new Guerrini Musette accordion. The tuning
for Italian music is outstanding. You are the only one that I will recommend for accordion repair or to purchase an accordion. Thank you again!
I just wanted to say thank you for being a very good "matchmaker." I was looking for a compact sized accordion that could cover jazz/tango tunes and coexist with my 37/96 Antico Petosa. I love the size and sound of my new-old Excelsior AC Continental Stroller. It is from the golden era of Excelsior accordions and was made in New York City in the 1950s. It is comparable to owning a small-bodied Martin guitar from the 1930s in that the smaller size provides ease while playing but does not diminish the power of the instrument. This body style is still made today, so it is very contemporary looking yet has all the most desirable construction materials and techniques from the best period of Excelsior accordion building. It's a very rare instrument at 41/120 with an 18" keyboard, handmade reeds, cassoto, and ergonomically speaking, it is very friendly. Guenadiy, you are right on when you say that ... when you find the right accordion, you will know it; the instrument will speak to you and you will simply want to spend more time with it. I know that this accordion will inspire my playing and open up new musical avenues for me to explore.
Thanks so much,
Thomas Lasko, Nobleboro, Maine
Just a few lines to let you know I am thrilled with my new Siwa & Figli Super Quattro Compact Mussette accordion! Our collaboration on the reed configuration and body size/weight was right on the money. This accordion has so much personality in sound as well as great looks! The 13 treble registers offer wonderful combinations from dry through mild musette and even wonderfully wet musette. Yet the voices are never harsh. I am most amazed at how each reed set blends with the others. Please add me to your long list of happy owners of a Siwa & Figli accordion.
Guenaday and Happy New
The accordion looks great! I can’t tell you how pleased I am with this instrument. Every time I play it, I discover something else I like about it. The sounds are so rich and full of overtones. The instrument just feels right. The keyboard is great. As you can see, I have no problem walking around with it and playing. It’s perfect for my needs. The bassoon and clarinet both sing and the various musette tuning sound so natural together. I also find the bandon and sax both wonderful as well. It’s such a pleasure to play an instrument that’s tuned just right.
Thanks again for making this possible. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what you’ve done for me. Hope to see you some time in the next year or two.
John Blumenfeld, MN
Thanks for the wonderful time, the playing and all the information about the instruments.
When I came home and once again took out the Petosa you tuned for me, it once again made me appreciate the quality of your work. I started with the single bassoon and clarinet reeds, and my wife said: “Hmm, what a strange clean sound – it practically sounds like a piano or an oboe.” ...
The machine now is so much more versatile than before you tuned it. If before I didn’t like using the accordion register too much because it sounded "dirty" to me [very "wet" tuned], now it has all the musette that I need, not more, not less. And the clean combinations of tone-chambered reeds are just so pure and clean! They invite you to play baroque chorals…
So, now I seem to have more options to add color to the playing.
I am also looking forward to getting my new Siwa & Figli instrument. It should complement the Petosa very well, with having the piccolo reeds and the cassotto in the bass…
Looking forward to coming back for that instrument soon.
Cheers, Sergei Nirenburg, MD
the ss4 arrived yesterday. I love it!!!
Awesome packing! Thank you so much!
Gallery keeps me
Glenn Miller, PA
my good friend
I received my new Siwa accordion. I played it for about an hour and its like you say - a fabulous accordion, very powerful accordion. The touch is amazing. I played it like I've owned it for 20 years. I love it!
Thank you Guenadiy for everything. You really are a true friend!
Dragalin Muscan, FL
I can't tell you how thrilled I am with my new accordion! You are right; it is magnificent. And I haven't even begun to discover what it can do yet.
I love the instrument! I treat it like a newborn baby.
Thank you, thank you, thank you,
Christine Chronis, NY
It’s been two weeks since I picked up my Excelsior 940, on which you performed a complete restoration. Each day as I play it, I am amazed at the fantastic job you did!
You have revived this vintage 40 year old instrument and given it new life. It is now vibrant, energetic and a delight to play. Thanks to your expertise, the reeds are producing magnificent overtones. The reed work and tuning you did is remarkable and the response from the keyboard after you completely overhauled it and adjusted the action is great.
I am grateful that such a talented, gifted and master craftsman is available locally to offer such specialized services.
Thanks for the terrific restoration, words of wisdom, knowledge transfer and your friendship.
You’re the Best! ....... Rob Trietsch
I thank you so much for this very special wooded custom Siwa. You already are aware of the many fine accordions I own and use to perform. I can truly say this Siwa is my personal favorite and I only have her for just a few days! I eagerly look forward to many special visits and continued business with your wonderful Accordion Gallery.
Glenn Miller, Pennsylvania's Big One Man Band
I used the accordion last Sat and Sun for the first time on a gig. It performed flawlessly. People were impressed with the sound and the looks. I put some info on the web.
Best way to discribe it, FANTASTIC.
The accordion [Siwa & Figli Super Cobra] is perfect. Details are spectacular. I don't even need a backstrap with those pads. Still exploring all the sounds. Basses are superb.
Blessings for the season,
Enclosed are two performance photos from last night.
The instrument is playing very well and getting better. Love the tuning.
I'm very pleased with my new Siwa & Figli Super Quattro Elegant accordion. I've already been using it in my performances and it not only looks "elegant" but sounds elegant! After performing on an Excelsior Concert Grand since 1954, I didn't think I would ever enjoy playing another accordion, but that all changed when you introduced me to the new Siwa & Figli accordions. I especially appreciate the key action on both sides of the Super Quattro, since I play many classical and jazz compositions which requires a very nimble and fast technique. The Super Quattro delivers, along with its great sound - WOW!
I also thank you for your very patient, helpful advice and technical knowledge in helping me choose the proper instrument for my needs. You are truly a blessing and a good friend to all of us in the accordion world.
Thank you so much for this wonderful accordion!
The day after I returned from New Jersey, my friend and I were so inspired by its sound, we practiced for what seemed like forever. It's going to take me a little while to edit a video clip of us playing, but in the meantime, thought I'd share this picture from our latest gig. We ("Les Chats Noirs") play at the Merry Table on Wharf St. in Portland Maine.
Thanks again, and when I'm ready for something else, you'll be hearing from me.
All my best,
Thank you for introducing me to Siwa & Figli Super Quattro Compact with Hey-di MIDI. The Hey-di MIDI is super user friendly and the accordion reeds are extremely pleasing to the year, a combination that makes for a beautiful instrument. I play professionally every Sunday and can't wait for the weekends to come.
The Super Quattro Accordion I purchased has an excellent tone. It's a pleasure to play, even after 3 hours of continuous practice. I get compliments from other musicians on its excellent sound.
Thank you again for selling me this fine accordion; and also, for the good treatment & advice you've extended during the sale.
Very Best Regards,
Thank you so much for tuning my Scandalli Super VI L.
I simply asked you to tune it as you would tune your own personal accordion.
Words cannot express my total happiness with the results. Together we discussed and agreed that it was time to do a complete tuning and to tune the out of tone chamber M reeds to produce a beautiful mild
tremolo. My Scandalli now thrills my heart when I
All of this you accomplished even though we have never met personally. My accordion made the trip to and from the Accordion Gallery in perfect working order and condition.
Finally let me say that there is no other way to describe you and your work than to call you "The Accordion Master"! I highly recommend you and your services to all.
The new accordion is fantastic.
Thanks for all your help.
Talk to you soon,
Here is the picture of me with the newest addition to the family. Enjoying very much playing my new Quinta...fantastic sound, great keyboard action, and wonderful craftsmanship!
All the Best,
November 15 2008
Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, New York
Thank You for the nice "SIWA & FIGLI" Accordion.
The accordion is fantastic and it was not damaged. The midi is awesome and the keyboard has such a nice soft quick bounce. The accordion is better than my Guerrini Superior 2 which I bought 10 years ago. I could have saved a lot of money if I bought this SIWA ten years ago. Thanks for all of your expert help and thank Ivan for me. This accordion is truly a masterpiece!
I have recieved the accordion couple of days ago. Thank you for the professional packing and securing the bass mechanism. I have no words to describe the hapiness with my brand new Siwa Super Quatro accordion. Can't stop playing it. It's really a masterpiece. This is the first accordion I tried and owned that plays so loud, clear and sharp with mature sound right out of the box. Binci professional reeds are fantastic for Balkan (Yugoslav) music that I play. Its well balanced, lighter weight than Guerrini and easy to play with extreme reed response. I can't believe the depth and power of the basses. To all respect to other Balkan accordion manufacturers but this Siwa Super Quatro is so much better than any new Scandalli or Guerrini I tried. It looks to me that today in a new accordion world Siwa represents a new generation of accordions with the desired sound of legendary accordions from 60s and 70s such as Scandalli Super 6 or Guerrini Superior.
Thank you and best wishes,
Nedzad Dugonjic, UT
We've known each-other for about 3 years. In all our conversations during this period of time we discussed the mystery of the accordion makers from the 60's. As you know, I even went to Germany for a HOHNER GOLA few years ago and I did not buy the accordion because something was missing in the overall sound...
I remember when you told me about SIWA accordions and I cut the conversation very short that day telling you that SIWA is just another new accordion which I don't care for. Then I knew that you would not talk about this accordion and even recommend it to me as "the accordion that I'm looking for"! Knowing you as a person, I trust you and I placed the order for a SIWA based on your description.
Well.... I received my new SIWA accordion... It is not only a good accordion... It is a FANTASTIC instrument which I was looking for for many years!
My conclusion: The SIWA accordion will put down even the top of the line accordions from the 60's and from today including : Petosa, Hohner Gola, Dallape, Guerriny and so on.
I'm not scared to put the SIWA side by side with the famous SCANDALLI SUPER VI (not the new ones because I will insult the SIWA).
I would like to specially thank Mr. Ivan [Stanojlovic] not only for making my accordion to my own specification but for reviving the legend of the accordion with the new SIWA accordions. I hope one of these days I will have the opportunity to meet him in person and to shake his hand ! Mr. Ivan, you are the best accordion maker EVER ! May God be with you everywhere ! I know He is with you when you make the accordions:)!
And I want to thank you, Guenadiy!
Now I have my new SIWA and my search for a good accordions ended .
Gheorghita Borcea, OR