Category Archives: Repairs

Same hohner box – very different tunings

Custom button accordion tuning: same Hohner box, very different sound! Listen to a side by side comparison below.

Recently I have fitted a vintage black Hohner box with a set of new Super Dural Reeds.

The tuning I choose was a medium wet tuning with +-10ct A.

Vintage black Hohner in C#/D with a medium wet tuning

Following the new owners wish, the box was re-tuned to a much wetter – Paolo like – tremolo. I am quite surprised what difference that makes but have a listen for yourself:

Vintage black Hohner in C#/D with a very wet -Paolo like- tuning

Personally, I love that new sound! So from now on, this particular – non-standard – tuning has a firm part in my tuning repertoire.

If you have any custom button accordion tuning questions or requests feel free to contact me.

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Things Inside the Box… (New mini series #1)

I get to experience the evolution of accordion technology first hand while working on old accordions. Often times I find myself smiling over dirty hacks or creative solutions after opening up a box. In this loose mini series I will showcase some fun and interesting things I find inside old accordions. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

When asked to fix an air leak on an old Hohner Club, I noticed a considerable leak on the bass side of the instrument. To my surprise the cause was not the usual misalignment of the bass mechanics but a very creative repair of a broken air release valve spring

The construction worked surprisingly well for a surprisingly long time (talking years, not days). Eventually, one of the rubber bands gave in and the loose orange end got caught below a flap preventing it’s full closing.

I replaced the broken spring but if I should ever face a broken air release valve spring and I am in the middle of nowhere without a proper spring at hand, I might revert to this temporary fix…

➡ things inside the box #2

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What’s up next?

I have some very interesting boxes coming up soon! This is a look behind the curtain of the workshop.

Almost done: Antique Hohner – 3-voice C#/D

An old, stylish box, fitted with brand new super dural reeds. A longer lasting project is finally nearing completion.

In the past weeks we have been fitting new reeds, new feltpads, cleaning metal parts and adjusting keyboards. Yesterday I played a first tune on it, today I put it on the tuning bellows for the first time. I can’t wait to hear the sound of it once properly tuned…

soon finished: 3-voice C#/D

Work on the Hohner Liliput is making progress. The first Liliput has entered the workshop for an overal check-up. The original reeds in the moody key of Bb/Eb are in good condition. It seems they can be used for the restoration…

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Workshop warranty on all my boxes

Button accordion workshop warranty for 1 year on all my work. Every box I sell has been thoroughly set up and serviced in my workshop. In the unlikely event that there is an issue within the first year, I will fix it for you.

This applies for:

  • Problems with the buttons or keyboard
  • Leaking bellows
  • Blocked or out of tune reeds
  • etc

If you have not made use of this warranty after one year, it turns into a 50% voucher for refreshing the tuning of your box.

Conditions

  • Shipping has to be paid by the box owner
  • The warranty holds for defects in material or my workmanship and does not include damage that has been caused by (obvious) misuse or accidents such as water damage, damage from non-expert tuning attempts, etc…
  • Warrant is issued at my discretion

Contact me for if you have any questions regarding the button accordion workshop warranty!

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Why are the buttons on my accordion making so much noise…?

If your accordion makes a lot of clickedy-clack sounds when you play it, you might want to consider having the felt pads exchanged.

Often the pads on mid-range accordions are only covered by a thin leather strap. This is not enough to dampen the sounds of the closing pads.

Comparison of a proper felt pad, against a mere leather strap

Exchanging all the felt pads will make your accordion play quiet. Since the height of the pads is different this requires a re-adjustment of the button mechanics to correct the button height and make sure everything is airtight.

A Hohner Erika fitted with new felt pads will play as quiet as any modern box!

I can change the felt on any accordion, also on yours.

Price: 75 EUR (work & material for a 2-row box, request price for more rows…)

Contact me if you have questions regarding accordion felt pads exchanged.

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DIY Box repairs

I started a series of small accordion repair instructions. Simple things that are easy and good to know for every accordion player.

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If you want to know more about accordion repairs or have a suggestion for a specific topic for the next video, just let me know.

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Restored Hohner B/C for sale

I decided to sell my recently refurbished black Hohner B/C to make some room for new boxes ;-)

The box was fitted with new TAM reeds in B/C as well as new feltpads. It’s 2-voice and the bass layout is standard G/D, C/G, A/E, C/F without thirds. Here you find some more info on the instrument.

Here’s a sample of what it sounds like:

Play Keogh's - Dom and Ole

Played by me and Dom in an Amsterdam session.

Update: Sold and shipped to the US.

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Watch me restore a beautiful vintage Hohner two-row

Whilst I removed all the old reeds and replaced them with new TAM reeds in B/C on the inside, I decided to keep the look and feel of the instrument on the outside.
The buttons show some tear from being used all those years, but in my opinion this adds to the instrument.
The only thing I had to fix on the outside was putting new feltpads to take away the button noise.

The result can be watched and heard in this little youtube clip

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