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Master Supertone BbEb 16 bass

Restored Master Supertone (Hohner factory) button accordion in the keys of BbEb circa 1925. It is in very good condition overall. It has 16 basses.

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Product Description

Restored Master Supertone (Hohner factory) button accordion in the keys of BbEb circa 1925. It is in very good condition overall. The inlaid and varnished wood case is in very good shape but shows normal wear for an instrument of this age.  The original bellows have beautiful colored papers and are reasonably tight. It has 21 treble buttons and 16 bass buttons. The low buttons on each row of the treble side are the low notes, not accidentals. The original treble, chord and bass reeds are steel on individual zinc plates have an “O” marking. The original leather one way valves have been checked and many removed and replaced with modern synthetic or plastic one way valves. Final tuning occurs in situ with the reedblocks inside the case. The bellows gaskets have been replaced.

As the photo shows, the wooden grill is in nice shape with no cracks or missing pieces. The original front grill cloth has been replaced. The wooden keyboard is intact with no cracks or missing pieces. It has a metal cover that is intact. Often there are cracks or entire sections missing between keys on some of these old accordions. The bass and bellows straps are old but functional. The thumb loop is intact but old. This has knob type shoulder strap attachments allowing use of a standard guitar strap. I will include a guitar strap with this purchase.

If the strap is not wanted let me know when you purchase and I will refund $15.

The 16 bass design makes this a unique and wonderful instrument. It is particularly suited to accompanying singing. The video doesn’t do justice to the fantastic rich sound the basses make.

Most of these older accordions are found with numerous notes out of tune, wheezing or not sounding at all. This was just fully tuned. There are 164 reeds in this instrument and every single one has been tuned. The treble reeds were tuned with a tremolo beat frequency of approximately 1 Hz at the low notes gradually rising to about 3 Hz at the high notes, for a sweet tremolo.

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Additional Information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 14 x 11 x 7 in