Just tuned, Recording King GCF button accordion. This is a very fine example of a private labeled instrument made in the German Hohner factory around 1940. It is in excellent condition overall. The pearloid veneer case is in great condition. 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 convenient with a 12 bass instrument since your hand must travel up and down to reach all the buttons.
The original bellows are tight. Previously someone has retaped the back and bottom with black tape and I have not changed it. It has 31 treble buttons and 12 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 on the trebles and chords are in very good condition. I have repaired and replaced a few but most were functioning fine when I received it. The large bass reeds valves however were not functional so all been removed and replaced with the composite style (not thin film) valves providing quiet valve action. They were bench repaired then rewaxed onto the bass reedblock.
The most striking feature of the instrument for me is the fantastic metal grill. It is plated brass with a beautiful pierced design. the photo shows, the metal grill is in great shape without missing sections. I have replaced the front grill cloth with black mesh to highlight the chrome look. The wooden keyboard is intact. It appears as though someone years ago painted white over the yellowing buttons and now that is wearing through but everything is functioning fine. The the bass strap looks original but the bellows straps have been replaced. 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 184 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.
Unlike most of the older Hohner boxes purchased used, this is ready to play without further adjustment required. This is a particularly fine old Hohner Recording King with a beautiful grill that has been lovingly repaired and tuned for many additional years of service.