Fully restored Hohner button accordion in the keys of CF circa 1940. This was made in Germany in the Hohner factory. It is in good but used condition overall. The stained and varnished wood case is in solid shape but shows quite a bit of wear for an instrument of this age. It has a nice vintage patina. It has black tape and yellow papers. The frames are nice blond wood and it has new closed cell foam gaskets. There is minor wear on the tape. It has 25 treble buttons and 8 bass buttons. The low buttons on each row of the treble side are low notes and it has an extra row of 4 buttons with accidentals. The original treble, chord and bass reeds are steel on individual zinc plates have the ‘H’ or ‘T’ markings. 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. The Erika was originally a club configuration. I have changed the gleichtone back to a normal note. The club basses have not been altered.
This was originally tuned to A=435 Hz. I have repitched the instrument up to modern A=440 Hz.
As the photo shows, the metal grill has been repainted. The front grill cloth has been replaced. The wooden keyboard has a removable top. This removable keytop allowed me to add button travel limiting so the buttons don’t disappear down into the holes as on standard Hohner instruments.
I have repadded the pallets on both the bass/chord and treble sides. This provides a quiet action and ensures excellent sealing.
I just added new green felt cushions under the bass button tops. The bass strap and bellows straps are older but functional. It has two original Hohner shoulder strap brackets.
I also drilled a pressure relief holes in one of the highest note chambers to allow the note 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 1.8 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.