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Jamie Robertson

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Mystery Pokerwork
« on: December 28, 2007, 02:43:30 AM »

Just got another black and gold Pokerwork.  This is an eBay find, and while it has the decorations of a Pokerwork, the place that should read "Hohner" says "Venezia."  It looks like a Hohner, plays like a Hohner, sounds like a Hohner.  But is it one?  Were they ever labeled as such?

Thanks for any insight.

Jamie
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Re: Mystery Pokerwork
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2007, 10:07:48 AM »

Hi Jamie

Yes they were; I don't know much about them, but there is a 1930s-ish 3-row Hohner badged as a Venezia in the collection of Paul C Smith in California.  I don't know anything about him either, other than that I've run across his collection when idly surfing for melodoen-related websites.

There some pictures at  http://www.peterunbehauen.de/p/06california.html

Hope this helps
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Re: Mystery Pokerwork
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2007, 04:35:07 PM »

It does help.  The logo is identical.  The insides are "pure Hohner," as Paul C. Smith says.  It has H reeds, and the Pokerwork design is even on the back of the keyboard.  There's an pencilled inscription with a 1931 date under the grille.  The tuning still sounds good.  A little gasket material and bellows tape, and maybe new valves, it'll be ready for the world of eclectic music!

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