Fully restored Hohner button accordion in the keys of Bb/Eb circa 1935. This was made in Germany in the Hohner factory. It is in very good condition overall. The embossed and painted wood case is in excellent shape but shows normal wear for an instrument of this age. It has black tape and red amoeba blob papers. The frames are nice blond wood and it has new closed cell foam gaskets. There is minor wear on the tape. It has 21 treble buttons and 8 bass buttons. The low buttons on each row of the treble side are the standard Hohner accidentals. The original treble, chord and bass reeds are steel on individual zinc plates have the ‘H’ or ‘T’ markings. The original leather one way valves were all removed and replaced with modern plastic one way valves for long trouble free life. All reedplates were removed, cleaned, one-way valves replaced and remounted and rewaxed onto the reedblocks. Bass valves have composite valves. Final tuning occurs in situ with the reedblocks inside the case.
As the photo shows, the metal grill has been repainted. is in great shape with no missing pieces. The front grill cloth has been replaced. The wooden keyboard originally had broken and missing pieces between some of the buttons. I have added a custom designed and fabricated metal keytop. It features 21 elongated slots (not round holes). The slots and ends have been rounded over with a radiused cutter following the perimeter path of the slots providing a smooth to the touch surface for the fingers. This removable keytop allowed me to add button travel limiting so the buttons don’t disappear down into the holes as on standard Hohner instruments.
I have repadded the pallets on both the bass/chord and treble sides. This provides a quiet action and ensures excellent sealing.
I just added new gray cushions under the treble button tops. The bass strap and bellows straps are older but functional. The thumb loop has been removed. I have added two new single shoulder strap brackets.
I also drilled some pressure relief holes in some of the highest note chambers to allow the notes to speak properly.
Most of these older Hohner accordions are found with numerous notes out of tune, wheezing or not sounding at all. This was just fully tuned. There are 124 reeds in this instrument and every single one has been tuned. The treble reeds were tuned with a tremolo beat frequency of approximately 2 Hz at the low notes gradually rising to about 5 Hz at the high notes, for a sweet tremolo.
Unlike most of the older Hohner boxes purchased used, this is ready to play without further adjustment required.