This is a beautiful old Hohner, originally CC# that I have carefully converted to C#D that would be a good starter instrument for someone interested in learning that Irish semitone system. I moved the C# reeds (steel reeds on “H” zinc reedplates) from the inner to the outer row. I added similar age Hohner steel reeds on zinc reedplates (H marking) key of D from an old Hohner AD box to the inner row. The treble pallets have been refaced with padded leather for quiet operation and better sealing. I have left the bass and chord side completely untouched. It is a rare Red on Blonde painted case. It has a very nice wooden grill. A truly gorgeous old Hohner. I have replaced the bellows gaskets and added single shoulder strap brackets.
The treble side has been completely tuned with a mild tremolo. The beat frequency gradually increases from around 2 Hz on the the lowest notes to around 5 Hz on the highest notes. This is much drier than standard Hohner but much more pleasing to my ear. I have left the bass and chord side completely untuned and unrestored since the CC# bass/chord arrangement doesn’t fit with a C#D treble side.
This was made in Germany in the Hohner factory. It is in excellent condition overall. The red and blonde pressed wood case is in very good shape. The original bellows are quite tight. The bellows paper has a colorful pattern but some of the edges are worn. Please look at pictures for condition. It has 21 treble buttons and 8 bass buttons. The treble, chord and bass zinc reed plates have the ‘H’ marking. It has steel reeds. The original leather one way valves on the treble side were all removed and replaced with modern plastic one way valves for long trouble free life. All reedplates were removed, cleaned, coarse tuned in a fixture then rewaxed onto the reed blocks. Final tuning occurs in situ with the reedblocks inside the case.
As the photo shows, the wooden grill is in nice shape with no cracks or missing pieces. The grill clothes are also original and are slightly pushed through in a few minor areas- check photos. The wooden keyboard is intact with no cracks or missing pieces. Often there are cracks or entire sections missing between keys on some of these old accordions. The bass and bellows straps may be original but are still functional. The thumb loop is old. I have added a pair of new, single wide shoulder strap brackets. No shoulder strap is included.
Most of these older Hohner accordions are found with numerous notes out of tune, wheezing or not sounding at all. This was just tuned on the treble side. 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.