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Hohner BbEb Black & Blond

Restored Hohner Black & Blond button accordion in the keys of BbEb circa 1925.

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Description

Nicely restored Hohner button accordion in the keys of Bb/Eb circa 1925. 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.  The original bellows have replaced with modern but period bellows. It has gold tape and orange papers. The frames are the modern stable plastic and it has new closed cell foam gaskets. There is very little 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 ‘T’ marking. 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 wooden grill is in great shape with no missing pieces. The original front and rear grill clothes are still intact and look great. The wooden keyboard is intact with no cracks or missing pieces. This has the desirable stepped keyboard which provide button travel limiting. I just added new gray felt cushions under the treble button tops. The bass strap is older but functional but the bellows straps have been replaced at some point. A thumb loop is still present. I have added two single shoulder strap brackets. I will include a new Neotech shoulder strap. It is comfortable with some stretch and a grippy rubber surface where it contacts your shoulder so it prevents sliding around.

I added an anti-resonance cross-bar between the treble reedblocks to prevent unwanted ‘wah-wah’ effect. 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.

Additional information

Weight 12 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 13 × 10 in

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