Fully restored Hohner button accordion in the key of G circa 1970. This was made in Germany in the Hohner factory. It is in excellent condition overall. The burl veneer wood case is in great shape but shows normal wear for an instrument of this age. The original bellows are airtight and have beautiful colored papers and gold taped edges. There is minor wear where it rests on a knee during play. It has 10 treble buttons and 4 bass buttons. The treble, chord and bass reeds are steel on individual zinc plates and have the ‘T’ or ‘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 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. New bellows gaskets were also fitted.
This has had the pallet pads replaced with new cushioned pads both sides. I also fitted new felt cushions under the keytops on the bass/chord buttons for quiet action. The bellows gaskets are new closed cell foam seals.
As the photo shows, the metal grill is in nice shape with no dents or missing pieces. The grill cloths were replaced front and back. The plastic keyboard is intact with no cracks or missing pieces. The thumb, bass and bellows straps are all original and functioning fine.
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 2 Hz at the low notes gradually rising to about 6 Hz at the high notes, for a sweet tremolo. Since this is a one row instrument I have tuned the thirds flatter than equal temperament, closer to just temperament for a sweeter sound. This technique doesn’t work well on multi-row instruments as any particular note could be used in different keys so equal works better in that case.
Limiting the button travel on the treble side so the buttons don’t ‘disappear’ down into the holes is an option I can add. I can also add shoulder strap brackets if you prefer to use a shoulder strap versus the thumb loop. Either or both of these options can be added before shipment for an additional fee if desired. Please contact me.
Unlike most of the older Hohner boxes purchased used, this is ready to play without further adjustment required.