Houston, Texas—In 1961 upon arriving to Houston, Texas, John Gabbanelli astounded the music industry with his visionary accordion prototypes designed with color and style transforming the traditional accordion to the revolutionary look and feel you see today.
For decades, accordions were black and white with minimum décor but after the launch of Gabbanelli Accordions, the standard boundaries of accordion style were forgotten, as color and customization quickly became the forefront of the accordion industry.
Pioneer, John Gabbanelli, founder of Gabbanelli Accordions, dedicated his life to designing and creating the most recognized accordions in the industry. The revolutionary accordions were first introduced in the 1960’s as two-tone models, a new accordion created by John Gabbanelli, catering to new music genres such as Mexican Regional and Tejano. One of his first designs, the red, white and green accordion, has become Gabbanelli’s most requested and played accordion. Throughout the decades Gabbanelli revolutionized the process of choosing an accordion by offering musicians the ability to design their own individual looks by choosing from signature Gabbanelli colors, unique Swarovski crystal designs and a variety of decorative grills.
The Gabbanelli’s continue to revolutionize the accordion by finding innovative ways to “marry advanced technology with artisan craft” says Elia Gabbanelli, Vice President of Gabbanelli Accordions. In the past 5 years, the Gabbanelli family has integrated graphic design technology that allows the bellows to feature logos, sketches, or other designs created or brought in by customers. Previously, all designs were hand painted.
Along being innovative in design, the Gabbanelli family has found ways to revolutionize sound and quality without sacrificing the artisan craft. By incorporating the newest mechanisms and parts, Gabbanelli Accordions have continuously become more durable with enhanced tonal qualities and an extended life span.
These signature improvements to an accordion was more than standard evolution, it was a revolutionary series of ideas by one distinctive family. As one of the most innovative and luxurious accordions in the market, the Gabbanelli Accordion is truly the “best for the best”.