Borel Clavietta

 
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Designed by André Borel, and distributed by Paul Beuscher in Paris from the 1950s to the 1970s. This is the keyboard version of the Accordina.

Variations:
A 25 note model called the ‘Junior’, identical in every way apart from the number of keys
A later model with a larger plastic (rather than aluminium) ‘reed guard’ panel
A model with a built in pick up microphone

Make: Borel
Model name: Clavietta
Reed type: Single reed plates, Stainless Swedish Steel
Dimensions: 43 x 10.5 x 4.5cm
Weight: Approx 500g
Keys: 34
Country of manufacture: Italy
Player level: Pro
Features: Single reed plates
Year of manufacture: Unknown. Now discontinued

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2 Reviews

  1. Daren Banarsë

    Daren Banarsë

    Pros:rnUnique high pitched tone, very similar to the chromatic harmonicarnGood quality mini accordion reeds, which keep their pitch very wellrnSolid quality buildrnGreat for recordingrnrnCons:rnOften need some work when bought secondhandrnVery quiet compared to other melodicas or acoustic instrumentsrnrnVerdict:rnThe original high-end melodica. A beautiful instrument.

  2. Melodica-Me

    I purchased a Clavietta a while back and play it quite often. The tone is very sweet and clear, I would compare it close to a harmonica and Accordina The quality of the manufacturing is second to none. When you pick up this melodica you immediately feel a sence of a true professional instrument. Even the case is made to house a instrument of quality ( wood construction with tolex finish and felt interior) Most Claviettas purchased need some kind of repair, adjustment or cleaning so choose wisely when buying one of these beauties. I use the Clavietta mostly for delicate soft airy melodies. But can be used for many other applications. Tuning is much easier on the Clavietta since you can keep the air chamber on as you scrape the reeds accessed via a separate cover. It is substantially lower in volume than other melodicas so live performance is a little tuff. rnrnThis is one beautiful instrument.rnMelodica-Me