The last 3 accordions I’ve been repairing for The Accordion Shop have been Hohner 120 Bass piano boxes – all from a similar era but rather different inside. I thought I would do a quick blog with some pictures and a video to compare them. They are a Hohner Atlantic IV De Luxe with a wooden body, a Hohner Atlantic IV Musette with a metal body and a Hohner Organola IV P with a wooden body.
I think these are all from the 1960’s but I may be wrong – I can’t find a good website with a detailed history of Hohner models or serial numbers – Please comment if you can help on this! (you can submit a serial number to Hohner and get a certificate with information about a specific accordion if you don’t mind paying 30 Euros!) The 2 Atlantics look almost the same apart from their Grills – but I think the wood version is older. The De Luxe and the Organola have LMMH reeds or 16′, 8′, 8′, and 4′ and the Musette has LMMM or 16′, 8′, 8′, 8′. Here is what they sound like.
Differences Under the Bonnet
The 3 Accordions are a bit different inside but all rather nice to work on! The well engineered Bass Mechanism is similar on all of them and easy to remove.
The keyboards on all there have individually removable keys, the wooden Atlantic has wooden keys and the metal Atlantic and the Organola have Plastic ones.
The Atlantics both have a Roler Blind Mute which muffles the sound (A little bit).
Reeds and Reed Blocks
All three accordions have wooden reed blocks but the Atlantics have 8 short treble blocks and the Organola has 4 long ones.
2 of these accordions have been refurbished to be sold for The Accordion Shop who always have a nice selection of second hand and new accordions. That’s it – Hope you enjoyed and feel free to comment! Cheers, George.