A taste of FAITH, a touch of LAUGHTER.
I was visiting down in our building lobby today. We have coffee/snack times (by donation) there every weekday except Sunday. It’s a nice time to go sit and get to know the neighbours.
Today, Larry was down there with the group, and Wendy said “Ann, I was just about to text you. Larry has brought his little accordion to show you”. So, I sat down and opened up the little case (about the size of an old typewriter case) and there was this old German Hohner 10 button accordion!
It has these 10 buttons on the right side instead of a keyboard (which is what I am used to using) and 4 chord buttons on the left side. I played around with it and everyone was surprised at the sounds coming out. I could not figure out what notes the right hand buttons represented and was puzzled that the sound differed depending on whether the bellows were pushed in or out, reminding me of the way a mouth organ works with breath in and out.
I went into the lounge to figure out the notes on the piano and discovered the pattern of the keys (buttons). It still plays in tune, apart from the chord side which may be a little distorted on two of the four chord buttons.
We sat for a while discussing the instrument. We were wondering just how old this little accordion was. I looked online and saw similar accordions dated about 1920 or so, except those ones had carved wooden grills, not metal like this one. It has a plaque on it that says Steel Reeds, made in Germany, but no date.
There were a couple of really old music books that were quite interesting and informative as to the note value of the 10 buttons. I could kick myself because I forgot to take pics!!!! 😦
Anyone out there knowledgeable on this instrument? Please let me know…
All in all, it was an interesting and satisfying coffee meet today 🙂