Restored pre-Pokerwork Venezia button accordion in the keys of C/F circa 1940. This was made in Germany in the Hohner factory. It is in fair condition overall. The painted wood case is in good 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 and shows signs of previous repairs 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 treble, chord and bass reeds are steel 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. A new bellows gasket was fitted on one side.
As the photo shows, the metal grill is in nice shape with no major rust. The rear grill cloth was 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 bass strap has been replaced at some point. The bellows straps are used but functional.
It has an old but functional thumb loop. I can furnish new shoulder strap brackets for a nominal fee before shipment if desired. Please make a note if you wish for this addition while ordering.
Please review the video. The reeds are slightly uneven sounding compared to other old Hohners I am selling and were difficult to tune. The back also has a small stable crack near the air button. I am reducing the price for these two reasons. This would make a good beginner’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. The treble reeds were tuned with a tremolo beat frequency of approximately 2 Hz at the low notes gradually rising to about 6 Hz at the high notes, for a sweet tremolo.
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.