Nice old Hohner piano accordion. This is a small model model with 8 basses. It weighs between 6 and 7 pounds so delightful to hold and play compared to standard size piano accordions weighing in at 15 or 20 or more pounds. This was made in Germany. It is in good condition overall. The white pearloid covered wood case is in good shape with moderate wear and no missing trim pieces. The original bellows are decent but do show signs of wear. Someone has retaped a few folds on the back side.
It has 13 white keys, 9 black keys and 8 bass buttons. The treble, bass & chord zinc reed plates have the ‘H’ marking. It has steel reeds. 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, coarse tuned in a fixture then rewaxed onto the reed blocks. Final tuning occurs in situ with the reedblocks inside the case. A=440 Hz is the reference frequency.
As the photos show, the metal grill is in great shape and has just been painted silver. The front grill cloth is new but the rear looks original. The keyboard is intact with no cracks or missing pieces and keys are level. The bass strap looks okay and may be original, both bellows straps have been replaced. It has shoulder strap brackets. No shoulder straps are included. The bellows gaskets are new closed foam seals.
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 128 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. The bass and chords were tuned ‘flat’ or right on pitch.
Unlike most of the older Hohner boxes purchased used, this is ready to play without further adjustment required.