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Peter G

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German Pokerwork
« on: April 29, 2017, 10:11:31 PM »

Hello all Can someone tell me when hohner started outsourcing the Pokerwork to China please? A musician at the Morris may have a German model for sale How can it be identified as German and what might it be worth? Probably built 80s or later Might be able to change my Chinese box Thanks   ; :||: Peter
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Re: German Pokerwork
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2017, 10:32:19 PM »

German ones generally have Made in Germany on the back of the fingerboard. Additionally the Chinese ones are a very much blingier gold colour.

Or remove the grille and look at the pallets the German ones have thin pallet facing whereas the Chinese ones have a felt/leather facing which is quite thick.
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Re: German Pokerwork
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2017, 07:31:37 AM »

German ones generally have Made in Germany on the back of the fingerboard. Additionally the Chinese ones are a very much blingier gold colour.

Or remove the grille and look at the pallets the German ones have thin pallet facing whereas the Chinese ones have a felt/leather facing which is quite thick.
Yes i was looking at a Chinese made one the other day and I thought the thick pallet facing was an improvement on the old design. The keyboard mech however seems to be made of a softer metal than the rather solid German ones.

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Re: German Pokerwork
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2017, 02:44:22 PM »

Hello all Can someone tell me when hohner started outsourcing the Pokerwork to China please?

In February 1998 Hohner issued the following press release :

The Matth. Hohner AG has started to reduce their production as planned. As already disclosed at the general meeting by the management board on November 26th 1997, plans for re-organization and to relocate parts of the production line to the new partners of China have begun.

Hohner production islands have been installed in the production plants of partners in China and Taiwan. In these units the production of assembly groups for mouth organs, accordions and wooden recorders is carried out by Hohner machines.

In December woodworking machines as well as machines for the production of spare parts and accessories and pre production materials were shipped to China. A group of Hohner employees left for China at the beginning of February to supervise the installation of the production plant and to implement the respective production process. After component production begins in China, the quality and Hohner standards of the assembly groups will be monitored and guaranteed by specialists employed by Hohner.

Speaker for the board, Helmut Menges said that first experiences are very positive. "Our staff is very pleased by the helpfulness, the effort and the specialized knowledge of our Chinese partners," Menges said. Hohner expects the first fabricating parts and assembly groups to arrive in Trossingen in May to be refined, tuned and assembled. These production processes which raise the value of the instruments will still be offered by Hohner in the future.

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Re: German Pokerwork
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 08:25:55 PM »

Thanks Triskel
Only just seen your post Really helpful Thanks Pete
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