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    FAQs

    Accordeon

    Accordions are incredibly complicated instruments and should only be repaired by seasoned professionals. However, there are easy cleaning and maintenance you can do yourself, especially in regards to maintenance. Below is a list of the most frequent questions regarding accordions. Should your question not be answered, do not hesitate to contact us via the contact form.

    In the USA you can refer to the dealer search function on hohner.de. In other countries, please contact the distributor for your country as shown in the listing on hohner.de

    We do not offer a direct online sales service. You can buy our instruments from local distributors all over the world. To find the seller closest to you, check our store finder.

    If you own a vintage Hohner accordion, or are interested in buying or selling one, you’ll no doubt be interested in establishing its precise age and provenance. 
    Since 1930, every accordion which left our factory bears a serial number and we maintain an extensive library, documenting shipping date and destination of every single instrument. Sometimes we can even establish the identity of the original purchaser. 
    If you provide us with the serial number and exact model designation, we will establish the age of your accordion for a fixed fee of €25 / US$30 and send you a certificate to attest this. We’re also happy to estimate the value of your vintage accordion. Please note that the value is primarily based on the condition of the instrument, rather than just on age and type. We will therefore need to physically inspect the accordion in order to give a reliable estimate.

    High temperatures from strong direct sunlight or heaters can severely damage your accordion. Leaving your accordion in the car in summer is also dangerous, since temperatures of up to 70 degree Celsius are not uncommon and will damage the sound producing components of your instrument. High humidity, especially in combination with high temperatures, is bad for almost all musical instruments and accordions are no exception.
    Possible damage from moisture and/or high temperatures include your accordion going out of tune, warping of the wooden components and cracking or swelling of the bellows.
To clean and maintain the keyboard and body, use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Please do not attempt to open your accordion for cleaning. Avoid pressing multiple registers at the same time!

    No. Accordions should only be tuned by experienced professionals!

    With normal use, regular service is not necessary. However, an occasional checkup by a qualified technician can’t hurt and will help maintain the value of your instrument. If you think that your accordion might be faulty, please contact an accordion service partner. Ask the retailer from whom you purchased your accordion for further information or contact the HOHNER Service Department.

    Generally, we only show our current range of instruments online. However, your local vendor might still have some discontinued models in stock. Please refer to them or search online.

    You can find Fingering Charts for your accordion under media. Other manuals or operating instructions for accordion are not provided. All relevant information can be found in the instructional literature available from all good retail outlets.

    Only if original parts are not required.

    Please direct all enquiries regarding service and spare parts for Hohner electronic instruments to our contractual partner.
    Herbert Fuchs Service für elektronische Musikinstrumente
    Mühlstr. 9
    D-78606 Seitingen-Oberflacht
    Tel.: +49 7464 659
    service.fuchs(at)kabelbw.de

    To better understand this subject, it’s helpful to take a look at the cause of valve noise, which occurs with all valved reed instruments, especially in the lower and bass registers. The degree of valve noise varies from one model to another and most players do not find it disturbing. Here’s what happens: When a key or button is pressed, the airstream from the bellows strikes the corresponding reed and it begins to vibrate, creating an audible tone. When the key or button is released, the reed continues to vibrate for a short while under its own momentum. This period is known as the decay time. Because there is a cushion of air in the reed slot, between reed and valve, these reed vibrations are transmitted to the valve, causing it to rattle against the reed block and thus creating the noise. The length of the decay time is primarily dependent on the length of the reed, and because the lowest notes, especially in the bass, are produced by the longest reeds, their valve noise is the loudest and most longlasting. The lower the note, the louder the valve noise and the longer it will persist. Individual playing style also influences the degree of valve noise. Sudden, jerky bellows movements cause more valve noise than smooth, gentle movements. We hope that this explanation helps you better understand your accordion and its typical characteristics.