Fully restored Hohner DGC button accordion. This is a very rare key combination but this was made in the German Hohner factory around 1930 (see the award won in 1926 on the logo close up picture). The G & C rows are the same pitch as a GC melodeon but the D row is an octave lower for a very rich sound. This combines the benefits of having a DG and GC accordion in one box. It is in excellent condition overall. The wooden veneer case is in great but has a few bumps and scratches. It features an air bar instead of a lever or button so it can be accessed regardless of where your left hand is along the basses. This is necessary with a 16 bass instrument since your hand must travel up and down to reach all the buttons.
The original bellows are tight and show only the slightest wear on the bottom and back. They are cloth covered rather than paper indicating a higher quality instrument. It has 31 treble buttons and 16 bass buttons. The low buttons on each row of the treble side are the standard Hohner accidentals. The reeds are all the desirable steel on zinc reedplates with the ‘H’ marking. The original leather one way valves have all been removed and restored or replaced with the composite style (not thin film) valves providing quiet valve action. This fine old instrument uses mechanical screws and pins to hold all the reedplates in place rather than using wax. The reedplates are sealed with a thin layer of soft leather. Some claim this mounting style produces the best sound possible. I have added a metal strap across all three treble reedblocks as this reduces undesirable resonance on certain notes.
As the photo shows, the metal grill is in excellent shape with no dents or scratches. The front and rear grill screens look original. 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 Hohners. The the bellows straps look original and are still working. The thumb loop is intact. This instrument has shoulder strap brackets installed. I will include a used single shoulder strap.
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 204 reeds in this instrument and every single one has been tuned. The treble reeds were tuned with a mild tremolo with a beat frequency of 2 Hz for the lowest note and 6 Hz for the highest with a gradation in between. The major chords were tuned with the thirds flatted a bit for a sweet sound.
Unlike most of the older Hohner boxes purchased used, this is ready to play without further adjustment required. I repair and tune button accordions and have specialized in older Hohner button boxes.
This is a particularly fine old Hohner in a rare key that has been lovingly restored for many additional years of service.