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Cavaliere Santa Crucianelli, who from the beginning had faith in the Accordion and put all his determination and affection into the manufacture of the Instrument which slowly became one of the principle and biggest industries in all the World.

His gift for organisation and initiative, he was committed to the development of the Crucianelli empire, and his reward  came in 1921 when he was awarded the Cross of Cavalier of the Italian Crown (Crioce di Cavaliere della Corona d’Italia in recognition of his deserving merit to industry.

From its foundation in 1888 the company always gained momentum bestowed many forms of certification to crown its successes.

The Founder of the Company, having given so much of his energy in direction and management, handed over to his sons this successful Company, devoting their lives to the Accordion also.  Cavaliere Santa Crucianelli was regarded by all with the greatest admiration for his furtherance of the Instrument.




ilvio Scandalli

In 1900 Silvio Scandalli started to produce accordions with the help of his family. In a few years between 1915 and 1921, out of a small workshop in Camerano a small company was created which was to become an industrial force, that in 1941 employed over 700 workers. After the end of the second world war, the accordion became hugely popular in the USA and the factory of the Scandalli brothers was amongst the most well known and prestigious. Thanks to the genius of Silvio and his many inventions and patents which were applied to his accordions, the Scandalli brand became synonomous with quality and abench mark for other instruments. 

 1946 In 1946 to meet the challenges and opportunities of   new markets, F.lli Scandalli of Camerano and Settimio Soprani of Castelfidardo combine to form Farfisa ( from Fabbriche Riunite di Fisarmoniche). This company in turn was to become one of the worlds’ biggest musical instrument factories and at this time was producing 180 accordions a day. The impetus of this new company led to the formation ofthe CDMI ( Centro Didattico Musicale Italiano ) and many famous composers wrote pieces for the accordion and teaching methods for the Edizioni Musicali Farfisa.                                                                 

1950 |1964 During the early 1950’s Silvio Scandalli commences anambitious project. Using the companys’ finest technicians, he creates an instrument of unparalelled quality which in a short space of time becomes the dream of of all great accordionists: the Scandalli Super VI. Even today it remains unsurpassed – an instrument born from the passion of an innovative artisan. In 1964 a new factory at Aspio Terme is added to those of Camerano and Castelfidardo for a total of 42,000 square metres of production capacity. At this time Silvio Scandalli and Settimio Soprani are heads of a company that produces and distributes guitars, pianos, organs and amplifiers, as well as accordions.                                                

1984 -today     In 1984 Scandalli and Paolo Soprani, the oldest accordion factory in the world, are merged together under new ownership and in 2003 another name is added by the merger of SEM. Today, Menghini srl is the distributor of these 3 brands that cover the wide range of the accordion family from the smallest diatonic to the free bass instruments of today.The Scandalli brand is an icon for many because of its long, distingiushed history of innovation, prestige and quality. Today, the objective of Scandalli remains the same as it always was: to provide instruments of the highest standard and uncompromising quality.


Paolo Soprani. This is one of those stories destined to not only change the life of one man, but also of one town, one country. What happened in 1863 seems to be a legend, but was in fact a reality, important enough to start an industry that would become famous all over the world: the accordion industry. An Austrian pilgrim returning home from a visit to the Loreto sanctuary asked for hospitality for the night at a farmhouse near Castelfidardo. After having been refreshed, he sat down near the fireside and started to play a strange “box”. This was the house of Antonio and Lucia Soprani and their sons. One son, Paolo, was interested in this musical box which was in fact a copy of the “accordeon” patented in 1829 by Mr. Demian of Vienna. Many different stories tell of how Paolo obtained this box: some say that the prilgrim gifted to him to thank the family for the hospitality; some say that Paolo bought it; some say that during the night, the young Paolo woke up to study all the secrets of the box. The important thing is that, from this little boxand Paolo’s intelligence, after a few years the accordion industry would be born in Castelfidardo. In 1864 Paolo opened a little workshop inside his home, with the help of his brothers; after some years, he moved to a bigger house, engaging some workers. The first “armoniche” produced were sold in fairs and markets of nearby towns. In Loreto there were always a lot of pilgrims, religious visitors and dealers. Paolo went there to exhibit his accordion and he also became a good player. In 1872 he moved to the centre of Castelfidardo and opened a factory in the Piazza Garibaldi. His instruments had immediate success, especially in the country where the farmers danced to popular songs. Quickly the popularity grew and requests came from other european countries like France. At the end of the 19th century the “armonica” started to be exported to other continents, for example the USA, where a lot of Italian people had emigrated and the sound of the “armonica” eased their homesickness. To supply the increasing number of orders he needed to find a bigger place and more workers, to organise the phases of production in a better way and create a commercial office. For this reason Paolo with his sons Luigi and Achille opened a new factory in Castelfidardo where about 400 people worked. In 1900 the company had a big success in a fair in Paris; Paolo became a member of the academy of inventors of Bruxelles and Paris and met the President of France. He continued to work in his factory until he was 70 years old, when his two sons took over. He died in his house on 20th February 1918, when he was 73 years old.

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