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Value of pre war Hohners
« on: January 27, 2013, 03:42:59 PM »

The recent thread on the value of 'preloved' Castagnaris got me musing. I've got four Hohner 1040's, all pre 1949. I do'nt have a clue what these magic little boxes cost when new, but I paid arround the £200 mark for each of them, fully fettled and playing like a dream. So I've paid £200 for a 70 ish year old box that looks good for another 70 years. As thousands of them were made there must be loads on the market [except when I'm looking for one] so it's doubtful that the price is going to go up. This must be the greatest investment in a playable and sought after musical instrument ever..... (:) :||:
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2013, 04:27:09 PM »

They were round the £7.50 mark, new in the early fifties.
That equates to more than £200 today so maybe you have bought them at the right time.
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2013, 04:30:20 PM »

All the Hohners I currently own were bought 2nd (or 12th!) hand; the most I've ever paid for one was, if I recall correctly, about £80 for an 1140 in playing condition - mind you, this was a few years back - and the cheapest £40, about 18 months ago and sold for spares or repair (the latter, in my case).  I've no idea what any of these boxes would have cost fully fettled and ready to go, but I've had an enormous amount of pleasure from both resurrecting and playing them, and learned a great deal in the process. Money well spent for me, regardless of any market value.

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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2013, 11:35:52 AM »

My first Hohner Pokerwork ,bought from Bells Surbiton  in 1972 cost £60.00.
I was earning at that time about £14.00 Quid a week and as many of you know, it ended its life in the river Sid.
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2013, 11:53:17 AM »

 Well, it seems that they've given us great pleasure at a very modest cost. I bet the old boys who built them never dreamed that they would still be being played all these years later.. (:) :||: :||: :||:
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2013, 11:58:27 AM »

Lets face it, in the early 70s , most of us didn`t think there`d still be ford escorts still on the road in the 21st century let alone be playing meldeons made before WW2 .....

Back then, 21st century = Star ships and holidays on Mars, that may have been the case if the space program had progressed at the rate it was doing through the 50s, 60s and early 70s but it slowed to a standstill in that respect - too much time and money spent on the arms race :( . lets face it, all 40 years has added to the Melodeon is the FR18 , now that`s Sad..
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2013, 12:00:24 PM »

Well, it seems that they've given us great pleasure at a very modest cost. I bet the old boys who built them never dreamed that they would still be being played all these years later.. (:) :||: :||: :||:

That is so true Brian. I have several "oldies" and I often wonder while playing them who the previous owners were, what were their lives like? And what a pity we can't communicate with them. I'm sure many boxes have amazing stories to tell, likewise their owners.
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2013, 12:04:51 PM »

Lets face it, in the early 70s , most of us didn`t think there`d still be ford escorts still on the road in the 21st century let alone be playing meldeons made before WW2 .....

Back then, 21st century = Star ships and holidays on Mars, that may have been the case if the space program had progressed at the rate it was doing through the 50s, 60s and early 70s but it slowed to a standstill in that respect - too much time and money spent on the arms race :( . lets face it, all 40 years has added to the Melodeon is the FR18 , now that`s Sad..

Adam! DO NOT KNOCK THE FR18 .IT'S JUST AN ELECTRONIC CHANSON ( I should know,I have one )
The above tongue in cheek of course.
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2013, 12:51:18 PM »

Adam! DO NOT KNOCK THE FR18 .IT'S JUST AN ELECTRONIC CHANSON

AAAAAhhh, so that`s where Roland got the Stiff Bellows from  ;D
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2013, 05:12:23 PM »

Nick, I do'nt want to get all soppy about this but I really do feel in touch with the previous owners when I play my 1040's;and joking aside I often apologise to them when I cock up... :|bl :||:
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2013, 05:21:31 PM »

Somebody referred to my Preciosa as having quite a strident voice...

What do you expect from a Nazi?

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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2013, 10:03:10 PM »

Somebody referred to my Preciosa as having quite a strident voice...

What do you expect from a Nazi?

Rob.
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2013, 10:33:30 AM »

We'll be starting a Hohnerowners Club next, with a secret handshake and everything . . .
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2013, 12:18:47 PM »

The first rule of Hohner club is that no-one talks about Hohner club! Bob.
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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2013, 12:31:26 PM »

It's going to be really easy to keep the secrecy, with Hohners being such quiet, reticent instruments.
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2013, 01:06:04 PM »

There are two (unofficial of course) Hohner owners clubs already - Melnet (here) and Reyes Accordion Forum . one on each side of the pond  ;D .

As for Hohner clubs - there are thousands, Club-IIs, IIIs, Ouvertures, Morinos  ;D
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2013, 03:59:30 PM »

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There are two (unofficial of course) Hohner owners clubs already - Melnet (here) and Reyes Accordion Forum . one on each side of the pond  ;D .

We Pre-War Hohner owners look down on the owners of late-model Hohners  ...  bunch of yuppies!   ;)
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2013, 04:19:57 PM »

We'd need to check on ownership. Doesn't matter if you bought you Hohner or were given it, remember you'll be in good company:

Or:

We only want bona Hohner owners, we welcome donor Hohner owners, but there's no loner Hohner owners here.
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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2013, 08:35:28 PM »

We only want bona Hohner owners

Hello, I'm Julian and this is my friend Sandy - what brings you trollin' in here........?   ;D ;D ;D

(Apologies to non-UK members, who will have absolutely NO idea what I'm talking about!)

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Re: Value of pre war Hohners
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2013, 08:42:36 PM »

Well, I`m pretty well covered from the 1930s to 2009 in Hohner ages
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