Baldoni Expert Restoration Services
An important part of the restoration procedure, is the study and analysis of the instrument. Using the same woods and other period materials is an extremely critical part of the process.
Prior to the restoration we document the products current condition with photos and text. Photos will be taken during the restoration work and at completion.
Our conservation and restoration aim:
·To analyze work needed for the appropriate steps in the restoration.
·To record every step of the operation in archival notes, photographs and film. Film will be only used on certain instruments.
·To use only those procedures and materials which preserve products historical period.
·To repair cracks and structural damage that threatened the stability of the instrument.
·To conserve surfaces that are in danger of further deterioration.
·To restore sympathetically those areas where deterioration of one sort or another had obliterated details and caused loss of integrity of the product
1860’s Lachenal concertina was sent to us from a client in Ireland with severe damage to the structural and mechanical parts. Some of its pieces were sent in bags and missing. Exact woods and ivories were used to restore it back to its original state. Broken reed tongues were fabricated and the concertina was tuned. The bellow was rebound in leather to match its originality. Restored by Ivo Baldoni
Swiss born Louis Lachenal (c. 1821-1861), the man who revolutionized concertina making in England in the mid-nineteenth century.
1920’s DECAP of Belgium Mechanical Dance Organ (Nickelodeon). This belongs to a Midwest collector and part of his multi million dollar electro-pneumatic instrument collection. (Article written in Forbes Magazine http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2003/1006/286_print.html)
Our restoration part is to the accordions reeds/tuning, bellows, cosmetics, structural and mechanical function. This work is in conjunction with other national restorers who complete other aspects of dance organs operation. Restored by Alfonso and Ivo Baldoni
This instrument has two piano accordions mounted on the front, and these are connected to and played by the organ with rhythm being an important part of dance organ. The saxophones found on the front of some organs are not actually played, but the keys will be operated to give the appearance that they are.
Keyboard and Reed overhaul
The Late Alfonso Baldoni fabricating replacement reeds
After picture (L-R) owners collection curator, Ivo & Anthony Baldoni
Seybold/Hohner Automatic Accordion circa 1925 This is a Mechanical Accordion with percussion (Nickelodeon). Owner is from California
Our restoration part is to the accordions reeds/ tuning, bellows, cosmetics, structural and mechanical function. This work is in conjunction with other national restorers who complete other aspects of the operation.
Circa 1910 Baldoni-Bartoli of Italy 14 note diatonic button accordion sent to us from an East Coast owner
Reed block, keyboard and structural frame repair - fabrication
New bellow installation to frames
Keyboard repair and fabrication
Re-surfacing and lacquering finish
Final completion of product
Completed December 2011 Restoration by Ivo Baldoni
Hunibel model Arabic scale accordion made by Ditta Salas, Stradella-Italy Circa 1930's
This accordion was sent from the Middle East for repair. The chassy was severally damaged from the bass section to both sides of the keyboard being broken off. Total takedown of the keys to repair broken guides and chassy frame. Missing parts where fabricated and new celluloid (.027) was added to make it look like new. Celluloid is the material used to cover the instrument for its finish. Restoration completion March 2012 by Ivo Baldoni
Photos (3) of Completed repair
The Piñata Accordion
This accordion came to us in two boxes of broken parts. We call it the Piñata accordion because it looked like it was beaten with a stick. Many of the missing pieces had to be fabricated and with extensive mechanical, woodwork and finish repairs it is know a like new instrument.
Before top pictures when we evaluated the damage and took inventory of the parts. You will see in the picture to the left damage to the bass wood frame and the picture to the right bellow damage and both keyboard side edges where cracked through the frame.
After the repair and several celluloid applications.
Two views of the finished product in like new condition.
Repairs where completed by Ivo Baldoni 4/25/2012
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