Small piano accordion with two octave keyboard range from G to A and 12 bass (sold). I replaced the Chinese made reeds with classic Hohner piano accordion reeds on the RH side (from a vintage Organola piano accordion) and some Italian made reeds on the chord and high octave voices on the bass. The low bass reeds were salvageable and so remained in place. I removed the thirds from the chords so that it can be played in both major and minor keys. The overall result is a unique small piano accordion. Unlike many accordions of this size I have given it a dry tuning, with only a light tremolo. I can convert small accordions to have third-less chords. It certainly makes them very playable.
Accordion stradella bass machine, five year guarantee in 1935…and it still works. Picture taken inside a Boselli 41/120 piano accordion.
Four voice Hohner 1055 musette piano accordion, with keyboard rebuild and complete re-valve and tune. Palm coupler on treble side for low/basoon octave reed. Musette here means three middle reeds tuned one slightly flat, one on concert and one slightly sharp, to give a rich ‘musette’ sound. Two voice accordions normally have one reed tuned to concert pitch and another reed tuned slightly sharp (or flat on older accordions).
Short clip here to hear the musette sound:
Eight bass mechanism from early Broadcaster piano accordion
The Hohner Student III has 25 keys and 24 stradella bass, running from A to Ab, with maj, min and fundamental buttons. This would be a good accordion for someone who wants a lightweight but serious instrument, or for a learner. When restored (as this one was) these instruments make a marvellous sound because of their old reeds, which are mounted in zinc plates (modern reeds are normally mounted in aluminium plates). Please see the video demo.