Abandon All Hope …

Squeeze circles are abuzz over the newest release from Saltarelle. Its configuration is identical to the Elfique (which is great), but provocatively, the new one is called Inferno. And dammit if it doesn’t look very, very cool. The ad copy calls it a 19+2 button box, though it’s clearly a 21 button box (which means that the “extra” buttons are at the chin-end of the rows, rather than set aside in the middle). It’s 3-voices, with one stop. They say this means you can play it MMM or MLM, but that doesn’t make sense, since you’d need 4-voices in order to pull that off. Three voices would mean you could play MLM, MM, or LM. An MMM box would, I have to say, be pretty dang sweet!* I’d be curious to know what the real specs are.

So, an Elfique with a dark paint job, black buttons, and a reference to Dante has got my mouth watering. Pretty sure that tells you more about me than it does about the box, but dammit if it doesn’t look VERY cool.

*If all of this tech talk is baffling to you, check out Accordion Speak 101.


UPDATE: Tom (in comments) asked for a better picture of the grillwork on this demonic beast. I found this at the Saltarelle site.

UPDATE 2: I want to stress that I don’t work for Saltarelle or get any kick backs, but I find this whole ad campaign very amusing! Check out the front page ad copy below.

3 Comments on “Abandon All Hope …

  1. Gary, I envision a whole new line of Dante-themed accordions from Saltarelle. Mark me down for a Cerberus, a box whose whose tone will rend to pieces the souls of MAD afflicted instrument gluttons everywhere…

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  2. Can you post a photo of the inlaid woodwork on the horizontal surface of the instrument?…looks very interesting.

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  3. Thanks for the second photo. This thing definitely has the look of evil. When you get it, will you be taking requests? I'm thinking “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”…

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