Category Archives: Workshop

Hohner Student III (sold)

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.

Hohner Club IV restored

Some shots of a Hohner Club IV, three voice (MMM) 30 key instrument. The keyboard was in a bit of a state (see before and after pictures) but the rest of it was OK, though it needed complete overhaul. A thirty key, three voice instrument has a *lot* of reeds. I also declubbed this box for its owner.

 

Restored Hohner melodeon

Here are some pictures and a video of a restored Hohner one row melodeon. I should have checked the model number before I gave it back to its owner. In the video I say it’s a 1004 model….when of course it ain’t. It’s a 1040. Duh. Too late to record another vid.

Here are before and after shots of the treble side.

As you can see there are no reed blocks. The reeds go straight into the case. I tuned them before I fixed them into place. Tuning them in situ was going to be a pain otherwise.  The little round-headed tacks help transfer the sound to the casing. Check out the video below – I think this little melodeon sounds great. Its owner was pretty pleased with it too.