Restored Hohner button accordion in the key of C from circa 1940. This was made in Germany in the Hohner factory. It is in good condition overall. The burl veneer wood case is in good shape but shows normal wear for an instrument of this age. There are some streaks where the varnish has come off. The original bellows are airtight and have beautiful green colored papers and gold taped edges. It has 10 treble buttons and 4 bass buttons. The treble, chord and bass reeds are steel on individual zinc plates and have the ‘H’ marking. These are from what I think is Hohner’s finest reed making era. The reedplates have all the corners rounded which was unique to this time period. To my ears, these are some of the best sounding reeds Hohner ever produced.
The original leather one way valves on the large bass reedplates, chord reedplates and all of the treble reedplates were all removed and replaced with modern plastic one way valves for long trouble free life. Final tuning occurs in situ with the reedblocks attached to the case.
The button travel on the treble side has been limited so the buttons don’t ‘disappear’ down into the holes. The buttons stop when they are about flush with the top of the keyboard.
As the photo shows, the metal grill is in nice shape with no dents but there is some light rust. The grill cloths were replaced front and back. The wooden keyboard had a crack on one side that has been glued by a previous owner. It appears intact and stable with no additional cracks or missing pieces. The thumb strap has been removed. The bass and bellows straps are used but functional.
I have installed a pair of new shoulder strap brackets. No strap is included but can be added to the order (found in miscellany category) and shipped with the instrument if desired.
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 60 reeds in this instrument and every single one has been tuned. The treble reeds were tuned with a tremolo beat frequency of approximately 3 Hz at the low notes gradually rising to about 6 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.