Fully restored Hohner button accordion in the keys of F/Bb circa 1925. This was made in Germany in the Hohner factory. It is in excellent condition overall. The embossed and painted wood case is in excellent shape and shows minor wear for an instrument of this age. The original bellows have beautiful colored papers and are reasonably tight. There is no wear on the back bellows tape. The bellows gaskets have been replaced with modern foam gaskets.
It has 21 treble buttons and 8 bass buttons. The low buttons on each row of the treble side are the standard Hohner accidentals. The original treble, chord and bass reeds are steel on individual aluminum plates have the Koch goatshead marking. 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. Final tuning occurs in situ with the reedblocks inside the case.
As the photo shows, the wooden grill is in fine shape with no missing pieces. The original front and rear grill clothes are still completely intact. The wooden keyboard is intact with no cracks or missing pieces. This has the desirable stepped keyboard since these came from the factory with button travel limited. Often there are cracks or entire sections missing between keys on some of these old accordions. The bass strap is older but functional but the bellows straps are the same. The thumb loop is removed. There are two double shoulder strap brackets. No strap is included but can be purchased separately.
This originally had bass buttons staggered at 45 degrees. This has been modified to bring them in line like modern instruments. The original wooden escutcheon hides the old holes.
I chose to repad all of the pallets with modern felt backed leather pads for quieter action and better sealing.
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 1.5 Hz at the low notes gradually rising to about 4 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.