B R U N
O A L L O D I
Allodi Accordions is a well established family business that has endured some 65 years. It started with Bruno, Emilio's father, who opened an accordion sales and repair shop in Mountgrove Road, North London with his wife Rina (pictured right, aged 19) and their then only son, Claudio; Emilio followed later, born here in London. The two brothers, Claudio and Emilio, were both talented and passionate about music even as small children. Claudio became a professional accordionist and accordion teacher. Emilio, although an accomplished accordionist and pianist up until the age of 18, opened his branch of the business in South London in 1978. Since his twenties, Emilio has played bass guitar professionally in addition to running his own shop and teaching accordion and piano in the early years.
picture left, shows Bruno with his two young sons at their North
London home in the days before he had achieved his ambition of an
accordion business of his own. Post war Italy offered little or no
work, and Bruno, after a severe and debilitating illness did not possess
the strength to continue playing as before. He and his brother
Umberto, mentioned further down, were well known and respected in the
Italian accordion world when someone came over from England, scouting for
an instrument expert, Bruno was the perfect choice. Bruno also
supplemented his income by working as a carpenter/builder, skills he
excelled in.... (pictured 1943)
fond memory from the Mountgrove Road shop days is that of a visit from the
great Mexican player Flaco
the BBC in 1984, pictured right with Bruno and Claudio.
Claudio recalls "he was one of the friendliest men I have ever met
and I was stunned at his incredible technique." Click on
instruments you see with Umberto were made especially for him by SuperSalas in
Stradella, Northern Italy. The Bass system he used was a Belgian system with three extra rows of free
bass allowing four octaves of single notes, and the one pictured on the
right had extra reed blocks for those free bass reeds. I hate
these kinds of accordions coming in for repair, as I cannot lift them up
to put them on the work bench without a crane!
and his brother studied music, specifically the
accordion with Ubaldo Ferrari, a composer, conductor and famous band
leader throughout Italy. They professionally entertained the troops throughout much of
the country during war time. As young men they would cycle up into the Northern mountains
and play for the villagers at their "festas" (open air dances to you
A wooden dance floor would be laid down and the people danced all night under the
stars to the popular tunes of the time. The picture left shows Bruno, ever with accordion, with some of his
army regiment and friends in the 1940s. Since
that journey from Parma, Italy to
England in 1951, Bruno has spent his life working with the accordion.
professional playing career ended while in Italy due to illness where Rina
lovingly nursed him back to eventual good health. Having
obtained his shop in Mountgrove Road, North London for his own
accordion business as a result of his hard work, Bruno's talent was quickly apparent with him becoming
known as the "maestro" and
"craftsman"of the accordion, not just in London, but anywhere.
years have passed since Emilio first opened his own shop in Lewisham,
South London in 1981, and it has since changed a great deal.
However, the Allodi tradition continues to be maintained. Bruno's youngest son has perfected his skills. His craftsmanship, experience, honesty and integrity are
much sought after and renowned in the accordion world today more than
ever. Indeed, he is frequently visited by enthusiasts from other
countries, as well as contributing to TV and radio programmes when expert information is
needed. In addition to his commitment to the largest stock of new and secondhand
instruments anywhere in the United Kingdom, the shop provides
an on-site repair facility, and the bulk of Emilio's time is spent restoring customers'
much loved pieces. This
can be a good and bad thing, as with a never ending workload, the queue
for overhauls and repair work becomes longer and longer and any days off are
usually spent at the workbench!
Allodi Accordions Limited, continually striving to achieve excellence in all
areas of service to the accordion players of the world,
RINA & BRUNO HIT THE HEADLINES!
Love Each Other"
grande dolore che annunciamo che il nostro caro Bruno, padre di Claudio
ed Emilio e fondatore
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