Welcome to the family workshop. Here the Castagnari have produced accordions since 1914. A passion for music that has been handed down for three generations, a craft that keeps untouched the same ingredients of an old tradition: quality and harmony, in order to satisfy musicians from all over the world. People often call an accordion a “squeeze box” or “box of the soul”... We believe that inside the Castagnari accordions there is a piece of our soul as well. We choose the best woods, but we also pay attention to the journey of the tree trunks and we take into account the ancient methods of wood drying that enhance the natural acoustics of the wood. Once the wood is cut, from one block we obtain a single instrument, which we work by hand using the same techniques after almost a century. Our production philosophy is to challenge today's world of figures and speed, it is to put the instrument into the foreground. This philosophy has characterised our family's path since the origins and has enabled us to ensure beautiful and acoustically perfect accordions. This choice of quality has been rewarded by the folk music greats as well as today's young talents that play Castagnari melodeons. Follow us and discover our story.
“Towards the end of the 1970s we resumed the construction of diatonic accordions that in previous years had almost totally disappeared, supplanted by chromatic accordions. Starting again from the evolutionary point at which the diatonic accordion had stopped, we have restarted the development of this instrument.” Castagnari's contribution to the evolution of the diatonic accordion is not simply linked to technological advance. On the contrary, it deals with the love for the instrument and the empathy with musicians: this is a working attitude that seeks to consolidate what already exists and to make it better. The origins of our vocation for excellence trace back to the beginning of the last century. The firm was founded by Giacomo, an ex apprentice of the famous accordion-maker Filippo Guzzini (today's Castagnari's maternal great-grandfather) who opened his own workshop when he was still very young. Giacomo started producing accordions together with his wife Ida and, since then, time and quality have been his winning hand. Giacomo passed down his passion to his children Mario and Bruno, who, in turn, passed it down to the current generations. Since then, Castagnari has been a synonym for a careful craft without compromise, along with the typical Italian creativity. Castagnari has become a respected firm thanks to their superbly finished and perfectly tuned instruments, which are appreciated everywhere for their unique and distinctive sound.
“In the picturesque setting of Castelnuovo in Recanati, surrounded by the hills of the Marche, our family continues the tradition in a climate of harmony and peace, passing down to the new generations our cultural, professional and human values. We are proud of our work as well as honoured to collaborate closely with musicians, listening to their needs and suggesting new creations.” If Castagnari has become a marque of reference in the world-wide music scene, this is the result of a virtuosity which embraces a care for the aesthetic side, the search for the maximum functionality of every component, even going so far as to take care of the smell of the instrument. A reputation built up during time thanks to our dedication and empathy with the spirit of the accordion which is a testimony of a passion for a craft that does not fear the flow of time, nor the challenges of modernity.