|Crucianelli Guitar under the Elite brand name|
There were even “accordion conservatories” in major cities. But then Rock n’ Roll took charge and the accordion sat in the closet.
By the early 1960’s, the guitar was THE instrument.
Castelfidardo by Sante Crucianelli. Crucianelli, was a former partner of Paolo Soprani and both men were pioneers of the regional accordion industry. Interestingly, Oliviero Pigini worked for Soprani before Pigini started his own business, the Eko Company.
Though it took a while, Sante Crucianelli’s business became very successful by 1921. In fact he was awarded some of Italy’s top honors of the day, including the Cross of the Cavalier of the Italian Crown. His sons and families remained in this business through 1971.
|Vox - all but the first made by Crucianelli|
Eko specialized in building acoustic and solidbody guitars and Crucianelli specializing in acoustic hollowbody instruments.
|Olivero Pigini of Eko|
Crucianelli and Eko both utilized these similar features on their electric guitars. Crucianelli applied these principals to the guitars they built, especially the electric models.
|PANaramic guitar by Crucianelli|
The Spazial. It looked like a quarter moon on its side.
|Vox Astro & Crucianelli|
These instruments were also offered under other brand names for jobbers to sell to retailers and catalog companies.
|Elite and Vox brand names|
Here are a variety of Crucianelli models from a jobber's catalog.
Crucianelli also marketed a line of acoustic guitars such as this Crucianelli C100. Some were sold in the USA under the PANaramic brand, while other sold under the Crucianelli brand and the C. Renella brand.
|Elka X-605 organ|
|Elka Panther 100|
Products manufactured by the Elka company were distributed by Unicord, another major music manufacturer/distributor, that is responsible for many instruments and amplifiers. At the time these included the Elka Panther Organ. The Elka company was sold to GEM (General Music).
|Vox Jaguar Organ|
The combo organs they built for Vox were a cheaper version of the Vox Continental organ and were called Vox Jaguar organ