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curlyburns

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New to melodeon
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:45:57 PM »

Hi all, I just joined the site as I finally have been able to acquire a melodeon. I came across it online here in Western Australia, it was the sellers wife's grandfathers and they were very happy it was going to a musician rather than a collector. If I understand correctly it is a 1940s model Hohner Pokerwork? Any tips on exactly what it is would be great :) My grandfather played accordion and I have been dying to learn some kind of accordion for years now, finally got my hands on this and Im so happy! Learning how to play is very hard but Im picking some things up quick :)
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Re: New to melodeon
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2014, 02:04:01 PM »

Welcome to Melnet curlyburns! You'll find there's lots of support available through the forum. There are some good tutor books out there which can help get you started and there are quite a few threads already on the forum which address specific topics so do have a search around. Best of luck with the learning - I have been learning to play the melodeon for about 4 years now and am still enjoying it. I hope you enjoy it just as much. Leave the instrument out and keep picking it up to have a little play.
Mike.  :||:
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2014, 02:08:53 PM »

Your first task is to find out what tuning it is.  There should be some letters stamped on the lower edge of the keyboard that will tell you.   There are many possibilities, most likely is C/F or C/Cs (C/C#) if its not obvious post it here and we'll be able to tell you.
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Re: New to melodeon
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2014, 02:38:27 PM »

Thanks for the warm welcome guys! Theo, I just had a look it is C/F :) :||:
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Re: New to melodeon
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2014, 03:49:18 PM »

welcome to melnet and enjoy your new old box  :||:   I have one of this Hohners but in G/C key..they sound wonderful when set up properly.mine was tune by Theo 2 years back..lovely old Hohner sound. 
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Re: New to melodeon
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2014, 07:19:42 PM »

welcome curlyburns, that's a nice box.
I have one too in white with gold leaves and cosmetically a lot worse than yours. It's a G/C, I think it has newer reeds. It's a marvelous player - nice keyboard. And beautiful red/pink flowery bellows papers.
I've gathered from experts here that this style is from the early part of the 30's, not as late as the 40's.
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Re: New to melodeon
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2014, 07:39:11 PM »

Welcome. Nice looking box. Technically it's a "2915" rather than a Pokerwork; same basic bodywork, but the "Pokerwork" finish ("Vienna" in the Hohner catalogue) is gold and black. And I'd agree it's probably pre-WW2, judging by the keyboard design and the lettering style. 2915s came in a number of finishes, and I think this is a particularly attractive one, and apparently in exceptionally good nick. Enjoy......

Graham
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2014, 02:30:14 PM »

Thanks for our help identifying it guys :) It is in pretty good condition, a lil rusty here and there but I like the aged look, the paint is work out where the original owners fingers and hands sat, sounds great too, I'll post some more detailed pics tomorrow. I spoke with the owner and am calling it after his wife's grandfather, 'Alberto'.
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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2014, 05:08:37 PM »

First off welcome to the forum Curly.
It's lovely you naming your great melodeon. I was thinking about naming my several. For instance...
1,Decrepit, 2, tired, 3,the beast, 4, you bast..d and 5,  you'll do.  >:E
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2014, 07:49:27 PM »

I hope the Albrecht is no. 5
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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2014, 07:22:58 AM »

Anahata, you must be psychic  ;D
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2014, 03:54:18 PM »

Welcome indeed!  Playing a diatonic box is much like playing a mouthorgan, just practice divorcing your breathing from the movement of the bellows or you may expire!

Technically it's a "2915" rather than a Pokerwork; same basic bodywork, but the "Pokerwork" finish ("Vienna" in the Hohner catalogue) is gold and black. And I'd agree it's probably pre-WW2, judging by the keyboard design and the lettering style. 2915s came in a number of finishes, and I think this is a particularly attractive one, and apparently in exceptionally good nick. Enjoy......

Nomenclature can get tricky - just as the term Melodeon in the USA means a reed organ - Hohner themselves have never called any model "Pokerwork".  The finish of a Pokerwork is a rolled gold paint finish and the catalogue term I believe is Goldbrand.  the 2915 models and 1040 (single row) models both qualify as Vienna and have both been available in Goldbrand finish.  Of course, normal human perversity means that many of us are constantly looking for the older models with different and therefore more distinctive finishes.  I love this one, the floral design doesn't detract at all from its macho image.

Rob.
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