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Discussions => Instrument Makes and Models => Topic started by: Andrew Kennedy on January 06, 2019, 06:07:01 PM

Title: Hohner anchor emblem
Post by: Andrew Kennedy on January 06, 2019, 06:07:01 PM
I've got an old 114 which bears the anchor emblem which Hohner acquired when they took over Imperial (I've got a 1-row one of those with an anchor, too).  Does anybody know when Hohner stopped using this?  It's certainly not on my Chinese Erica.  I thought the information might help me date my instrument, which was in a very battered condition when I bought it from a market stall in the Glasgow Barras mid-1980s (twenty-five quid, my first melodeon).
Title: Re: Hohner anchor emblem
Post by: Psuggmog Volbenz on January 12, 2019, 07:40:41 AM
There are other clues which might be useful when attempting to date your HA114. For example: Keyboard: wood or plastic. End plates: silver or gold?
Title: Re: Hohner anchor emblem
Post by: Andrew Kennedy on January 13, 2019, 10:41:04 AM
Keyboard is plastic, endplates silver.
Title: Re: Hohner anchor emblem
Post by: Theo on January 13, 2019, 10:45:49 AM
Another clue is reeds. Oldest would be zinc plate marked H, next aluminium plate marked H, latest aluminium plate marked T.  I don’t have dates for any of the transitions, and it’s not unusual to find a mix of different reed types as original fittings.