1900 |1915-1921 |1941 |1945
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.
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.
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.
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, distinguished 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.