This is a beautiful old Hohner, originally AD that has been carefully converted to C#D that would be a good starter instrument for someone interested in learning that Irish semitone system. It has steel reeds on aluminum reedplates. The treble pallets have had a new layer of leather on their faces for quiet operation and better sealing. A truly beautiful old Hohner. The bellows gaskets had been replaced with modern closed cell foam gaskets. The bass and bellows straps are all new. I have added new 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 6 Hz on the highest notes. This is much drier than standard Hohner but much more pleasing to my ear. The bass and chord side is completely tuned on pitch.
This was made in Germany in the Hohner factory. It is in excellent condition overall. The purple pearloid covered wood case is in excellent shape. The original bellows are quite tight. The bellows papers are yellow. The tape is black and was either replaced or just doesn’t have any wear. Please look at pictures for condition. It has 21 treble buttons and 8 bass buttons. The treble, chord and bass plates are aluminum. It has steel reeds. The original leather one way valves on the treble side, chords and mid-bass reeds were all removed and replaced with modern plastic one way valves for long trouble free life. The large bass reed valves were replaced with new leather valves with steel helper springs for quiet operation. 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.
I have added an anti-resonance cross bar between the treble blocks. I added pressure relief holes on some of the highest reed chambers. This is explained in the video.
As the photo shows, the metal grill is in nice shape. The grill clothes have been replaced front and rear. 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 thumb loop has been replaced. 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 completely tuned. It has 124 reeds.