Contribution by Faithe Deffner, President of the American Accordionists' Association.(www.accordions.com)publication.
A noted designer and builder of accordions, Robert Pancotti began his career in the 1920s, working with his two brothers at the Excelsior Accordion factory in Manhattan. Two decades later, he left to start Pancordion, Inc., an accordion factory in New York's Long Island City. In partnership with the late Ernest Deffner, Pancotti developed an outstanding line of top professional accordions which incorporated a number of exclusive patented design features such as Directone and Magic-Ease Switches. He also designed other accordions which Cav. Sante Crucianelli and Figli of Italy built to Pancordion's specifications under the firm's trade names of Crucianelli, Panitalia and Video, in response to the heavy student demand for instruments during the U.S. heyday of accordion popularity.
Among Pancordion's craftsmen at the New York factory were John and Angelo Magnante (Charles Magnante's brothers), Natale Frosini (Pietro Frosini's brother), the Pancotti brothers (Roberto and Archimedes) and others whose names bear historical importance in the accordion world. When Pancotti retired in the 50's, Pancordion remained an accordion leader under Deffner's direction, achieving singular prominence which is still ongoing. Among the noted musicians who have played Pancordion accordions through the years are Lawrence Welk, Myron Floren, Milt DeLugg, Billy Costa, Frankie Yankovic, Joey Miskulin, Tops Cardoni, Don Lipovac, Maddalena Belfiore and a host of others. Pancordion is still owned and operated by the Deffner family at its present location on Long Island in New York.
o Bass\and treble microphones
o 41 treble keys
o Double tone chamber (bassoon, clarinet)
o patent 19.25" keyboard,
o Made in Italy
o Hand-made (Gioccini) reeds
o 4 sets of treble reeds
o 5 sets of bass reeds
o 19.25" keyboard
o 11 treble switches
o Palm Master coupler
o 120 bass 7 bass registers-giving a wide range of superb tones
o 19-fold bellows
o Bespoke leather shoulder straps
o Bespoke hard case
Nb. This has been my personal instrument and is offered without faults .Comparable to 740 Excelsior with classic Italian conservatory tuning.