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Brian Rawcliffe

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Hohner Atlanta
« on: November 12, 2010, 09:12:05 PM »

Hello all,

Can anyone give me some info on the Hohner Atlanta, please? Is it just a 2915 in a different box?

Many thanks in advance,
Brian.
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Re: Hohner Atlanta
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2010, 09:30:54 PM »

In a word, yes.

It was designed in conjunction with Hohner by Roger Watson and Pete Coe when they were running New Victory Music in the early 1980s.
Roger had been dealing with Jorgina Accordeons and persuaded Hohner to make a similar looking natural wood box. It didn't play very well and never caught on.
Roger and Pete were also responsible for introducing the Black Erica which did catch on in a big way.
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Re: Hohner Atlanta
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2010, 09:37:55 PM »

Wow, an answer at twice the speed of light... :-)

Many thanks, Rees, for a speedy and comprehensive answer!

Brian.
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Re: Hohner Atlanta
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2010, 10:29:45 PM »

Hi Rees and Brian,

just to add to what Rees says above, I've 2 Hohner Atlantas in G/C... the same name, but they are almost 2 different instruments. One is a bit average, the other is just wonderful - rich and very, very fast for a G/C. The better instrument has a stepped keyboard, pearl buttons and improved action over the pokerwork - with really good reeds and blocks. The more ordinary one (in musical terms) looks very handsome, has a flat keyboard (though with nice shaped ends to the fingerboard) but basic pokerwork action. They have different designs on the case also... Sorry Im away from home and can't do photos at present...

There's also a YouTube here of one being played...  http://www.youtube.com/user/Jananderss#p/search/3/0Jd8lxnWnxg

Anyone who comes across one of this type of Atlanta, I'd say check it out - it could be a very nice instrument.

cheers

Mike R
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Re: Hohner Atlanta
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2010, 11:19:30 PM »

Cheers Mike, that's very interesting.
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Re: Hohner Atlanta
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2010, 11:38:08 PM »

Thanks for that Mike.

I guess the one I'm looking at (in a photo) is the bog standard one - it's got a flat keyboard with fancy ends. 

Ah well, the hunt continues... :-)

Brian.
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Re: Hohner Atlanta
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2010, 06:17:25 PM »

Just noticed this one come up on eBay.de - item #300492793205

Appears to bear some kind of influence upon the more recent Morgane model... particularly in the keyboard area...

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Re: Hohner Atlanta
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2010, 01:36:28 PM »

Hi Eejay, Brian et al ....

well-spotted Eejay! That instrument appears identical to my 'better' Atlanta discussed in the post above - though this one seems in distinctly better condition... I follow the old Ebay pretty closely and these do not come up often.

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Mike R
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Re: Hohner Atlanta
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2010, 02:20:36 PM »

And here's the link to the one I was looking at:

http://www.leboncoin.fr/instruments_de_musique/152307615.htm?ca=12_s

Spot the differences... :-)

Brian
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Re: Hohner Atlanta
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2010, 02:39:57 PM »

I saw one in the late 70s (early 80s?). I was picking up my Corona II after tuning (removing some tremolo)at the Hohner workshops in Paris. The technician got it out of a showcase to illustrate the difference that reed quality made. This was clearly a recent addition to the Hohner range at the time. He seemed quite proud of it. He also pointed out the swing tuning . I seem to remember this was unheard of in the UK at the time. I had wanted to detremolo my ADG Corona after hearing a guy called Serge Desaunay play.
I would guess that a French one from the time would definitely be worth looking at. Don't remmber keyboard detail.
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