Restored pre-Pokerwork Venezia button accordion in the keys of A/D circa 1940. This was made in Germany in the Hohner factory. It is in very good condition overall. The embossed wood case is in great shape but shows normal wear for an instrument of this age. The original bellows have beautiful colored papers and are reasonably tight. The bellow tape has some wear but is still functioning normally. It has 21 treble buttons and 8 bass buttons. The low buttons on each row of the treble side are the standard Hohner accidentals. The original reeds are all made by Hohner. Treble, chord and bass reeds are brass on aluminum plates and have the Hohner “H” marking. 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, one-way valves replaced and remounted then rewaxed onto the reedblocks. Final tuning occurs in situ with the reedblocks inside the case.
As the photo shows, the wooden grill is in nice shape with no missing pieces. The front and rear grill clothes look original but have some wear. 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. This model features a stepped keyboard. This design provides button travel limiting so the buttons don’t ‘disappear’ down into the holes. It has a removable back plate. I put new cushioning under the keys for quiet actuation.
I replaced the bass strap with a new leather one and added two holes as on the original. This allows bellows removal without taking the bass strap off. The bellows straps are used but functional.
It has an old thumb loop that should be replaced or removed. I have added new shoulder strap brackets.
Please review the video. The reeds are tuned with a mild tremolo with low notes around 2 Hz beat frequency to around 5 Hz at the high end. This would make a good learner’s instrument and weighs in at a light 5.5 pounds.
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 124 reeds in this instrument and every single one has been tuned.
Unlike most of the older Hohner boxes purchased on ebay, this is ready to play without further adjustment required. I repair and tune button accordions and have specialized in older Hohner button boxes.