Accordion Repair – Hohner Atlantic IV De Luxe
I tune and repair accordions both privately and for The Accordion Shop which has branches in Sunningdale and Rochdale. Last week I was repairing a Hohner Atlantic, the same instrument that you hear on the Pogues albums and the choice of many professionals. Hohner have been making this model for years but recent ones have an all metal frame which is unusual for accordions (usually wood).
Damaged Bass Mechanism
Sometimes accordions that look like this just have a clip or bolt loose and can be mended quickly and easily – this one was not like that and it took me several hours to get all the buttons working again. You can also see that the bass coupler mechanism is broken….
Other repair jobs on this box included the Treble Couplers, replacing some broken reeds, and tuning the whole instrument
Chain of Destruction
A broken reed tongue had lodged through the coupler mechanism preventing it from closing – and because of this I guess that the buttons themselves were then broken by being pressed too hard.
Lots of Reeds to Tune
Accordion reeds tend to drift flat over the years – dust and damp are the main causes. any extra weight on the reed tongue will send it flat and both rust and dirt were present on this accordion. These are the treble reeds – played by the right hand – 4 reeds for each of 41 keys on each direction of the bellows – that makes 328 reeds to tune on the treble side alone!
Back in One Piece
After a load of TLC this box is back together and ready to strike fear into the hearts of non-accordion players everywhere.