Piano accordion (Sirolo model)
John Reuther (Robotti brand)
Object Place: Italy
Overall: 40.6 x 36.8 x 16.5 cm (16 x 14 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wood, plastic, metal, paperboard, textile
Not On View
Model – Uniform Keyboard – 3 row version – nicknamed the “Checkerboard Accordion”
120 Bass buttons, 2 treble reeds and 4 reeds in the bass section
Tuned standard dry LM
Construction – Standard wood body covered with thin veneer of plastic based celluloid covering. Manufactured circa 1945. It is a medium size accordion suited for the younger player. Made in Italy.
The Inventor of the uniform keyboard is John H. Reuther circa 1928 and patented at that time as well. The idea of this new system was to allow the student to learn how to play the accordion treble side much like playing a piano. This unit is a rare piece and an excellent example of the uniform keyboard system. It has a patent plaque showing the patent number #2-203-393.
January 24, 2014, sold on ebay (seller ID mungmaster2112), Hawleyville, CT, to Paul Ramunni, Canaan, CT; 2016, sold by Paul Ramunni to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 9, 2016)
Arthur Mason Knapp Fund