My accordion teacher took my Dad and I to his house to show us his new instrument I was astounded by what it could do since it was new technology at the time. I retired 3 years ago and decided to pick up where I left off 40 years ago. I passed on trying to get a Cordovox because it was obvious that only a repair tech should make that leap.
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Remembering an icon: New Jersey Accordion Maker Al Iorio About seven years ago when I was really getting into the accordion and playing for the first time in a band, I went searching for a new box that would enable me to plug in and be amplified. I searched online and found some interesting and affordable used accordions all the way over in North Jersey in what appeared to be a residential neighborhood.
I made the nearly three-hour trek from Wilkes-Barre, where I was living at the time and wound up in the lower level-garage of a modest home, which I would soon learn was the final base of opereations for the Iorio accordion empire, best known as Iorio Syn-Cordion Musical Instrument Co.
I met an older gentleman who showed me around his garage and lamented how he was coming to the end of the line, but that it was a great ride. Al Iorio courtesy of Northjersey. Among his many credits include making the first electronic accordion, dubbed the Accorgan.
Even seven years ago, with the internet not quite as developed, it was easy to see just from searching online that Iorio was a brand that meant something, especially in the U. Then the younger Iorio came along and revolutionized the business and the instrument. Iorio was never a gigging musician but knew the accordion well enough to demonstrate and sell it.
Thanks for the deal on that old Iorio back in and for taking the time to give me some history lessons. Little did I know I was talking to American accordion royalty. One Comment.
Remembering an icon: New Jersey Accordion Maker Al Iorio