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Lombardi, 12 Bass in the key of GC

Pre World War 2 German Lombardi (Hohner) pre-Pokerwork accordion, 2 voice in the keys of GC.

Description

Completely restored pre-WW2 Lombardi (Hohner factory) pre-Pokerwork accordion with original zinc reedplates in the keys of GC. It is a 2 voice instrument with the uncommon 12 bass configuration. This was made in Germany circa 1938. It is in good condition overall. The stained wood case is in good structural shape but shows some wear bumps and bruises. The bellows are reasonably tight and but show some wear on the bottom where it rests on a leg. The gaskets have been replaced. It has 21 treble buttons and 12 bass buttons. The original treble, chord and bass reeds are steel on zinc plates and have the Hohner “H” or “T” marking. The valves have been upgraded to modern plastic one way valves for long trouble free life. The air button hole is also larger than a standard Pokerwork to gulp air quickly when desired.

As the photo shows, the metal grill has slight rust but no major dents. I just removed the old grill cloth, steel wooled the metal, waxed it and then glued new grill cloth on the back side. The rear grill cloth has been replaced. 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 treble button travel has been limited so the buttons don’t dive down into the hole. The bass strap is old but functional. The bellows straps have been replaced. The thumb loop is still there. It has new shoulder strap brackets. No strap included but one can be purchased separately.

Another improvement is that all the pallets have been repadded on both the treble and bass sides using modern felt backed leather pads. This not only quiets the button action but also provides an excellent seal. I have tuned the treble side with a mild tremolo. The tremolo beat frequency is about 3 Hz low notes to 6 Hz high notes. I tuned using Viennese style plus/minus tuning with A=440Hz reference. I also added a anti-resonance cross-bar between the treble blocks. The bass buttons have new gray felt cushions install under each mushroom button top. Final tuning occurs in situ with the reedblocks inside the case.

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 144 reeds in this instrument and every single one has been tuned. I repair and tune button accordions and have specialized in older Hohner button boxes.

Additional information

Weight 12 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 10 in

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