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Manikin
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Vintage ( age unknown) Hohner accordion Still plays ! I think it is playing "Roll out the barrel " Right now :-) a Polka step is starting in my feet . :-) Where is a category for this ??????? I added the original owner of this at a hoedown or hottananny ! Jammin . He is the thin one .The hippie that never grew up !

Hohner, a German musical instrument company.

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HohnerButton Accordion
Founding
In 1857, Matthias Hohner founded the company that bears his name with the intention of producing musical instruments. Initially, harmonicas were the main product line and Hohner harmonicas are still renowned for their high quality. As a fledgling musical instrument company, Hohner produced some accordions during this early period, but they were not produced on a wide scale. In 1893, the product line was expanded to include accordions in greater numbers of production, and Hohner's legacy of accordion production began.

Early Success
By the turn of the century, the Hohner company had grown into a leading manufacturer of harmonicas, and by the 1930s, the popularity of the accordion propelled Hohner's sales even higher in Germany. Accordions were heard especially often on the radio. Throughout World War II, Hohner's musical instrument production was slowed, with the company being contracted to produce detonators, leading to the implementation of mechanized mass-production equipment.

A Change in Fortune
By the 1950s, Hohner had resumed its production of musical instruments. With the rise in popularity of rock music, Hohner's traditional instruments saw a decline in sales, as the electric guitar became the instrument of choice for most famous musicians of the time. The folk music movement brought briefly renewed interest in Hohner's harmonica lines as they were seen in the hands of some of rock's most popular performers, such as Bob Dylan, but, as more musicians began to plug in, wind instruments like the harmonica began decreasing in popularity again.

Innovation and Decline
In the later half of the 20th century, Hohner's product lines broadened. Electronic instruments became popular in the 1970s, and Hohner devoted some of its attention to developing innovative and cutting-edge electronic instruments, while still producing high-quality harmonicas and accordions.
The 1980s saw a marked decline in Hohner sales. Budget-priced educational instruments proved to be one of the areas in which Hohner saw much success, and in the 1989s, Hohner had been accquired by another company.

Return to Profitability
Throughout the 1990s, the Hohner company changed hands again, but the 21st century saw the return of Hohner's profitability, and a newly realized marketability for its products. Hohner's high-quality accordions continue to garner popularity in the hands of musicians from diverse musical backgrounds. Rob Hyman of the rock band The Hooters is listed as an endorser of Hohner accordions, as well as David Hidalgo of crossover band Los Lobos, and Tex-Mex Conjunto star Flaco Jimenez.

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Bellin,drsideshow,official and PhilDavid !
  2. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 3 years ago
    Manikin, I love it! My GrandMother had an accordion that she bought from an advertisement in the back of a magazine when she was a young girl- It was advertised to, 'be the life of the party', and that is what she wanted to be! I wish I had insisted on keeping it, tho it did weigh a TON.
    Thank-You for History! It is Beautiful!
  3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Beaux :-)
  4. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    We'll all have to get together and have a Hootananny. :-)
  5. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Sounds good Kerry can ya polka LOL

    How wonderful Scott your wife can play . They are so much fun and I am sure you need some talent to play which I don't have :-(
    Thanks for stopping by and I added photo of the owner of this having a hootanny for ya kerry :-)
  6. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    LOL thanks Mani, and yes I can polka, well if you got small feet. :-}
  7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Very small feet in fact I am small period LOL I added a pic Kerry .
  8. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Love the hats, beer and spenders. Looks like my type of Hoot....
  9. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    yep they knew how to have a jam session too all were musicians . Fun for all kerry !
  10. michelleamieux michelleamieux, 3 years ago
    I sang and played guitar foryears, but after living a few years in New Orleans, that I fell in love with the accordion. Regrette rien and all, but I regret not learning to play this instrument. It is so cool. We stayed at the Lawrence Welk Ranch here in So Cal and had a townhouse on the golf course where we drank profusely and played my miniature accordion, badly and blew lots of bubbles. The old timers got our humor, yet the youngsters must not have known of Lawrence Welks infamous Accordion and Bubbles. Ah, the youth, they've missed such important culture...lol.
  11. sayer34, 3 years ago
    Manikin: what a great accordian-thanks for sharing with us-I have a nice older Horner harmonica box-not sure of the year-it held a Tremolo Concert Harp #46 1/2.The box is hinged is 2 3/4 " wide -7 3/4 " long -1 1/2 " thick.Velvet lined.Wish I had the Concert Harp that came with the box.
  12. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Sawyer ,trunk,michelle and hedge !!
  13. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you debbiepike54 and Thefinder , appreciate you stopping and looking at my post :-)))
  14. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you lisa :-)
  15. mcheconi mcheconi, 2 months ago
    Manikin, yours was also made by the Koch factory, in Trossingen, right after it was incorporated by Hohner, in 1929.
    It is a more sophisticated model, with 12 bass keys. I would love to restore it!
  16. Manikin Manikin, 2 months ago
    mcheconi I would love to see it restored too ! And appreciated not just sitting on a dresser . Are you in USA ?
  17. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 months ago
    He's in Brazil, sounds exciting in the -30 weather we have had lately.
  18. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 months ago
    Love the last photo, looks hillbilly, probably they are sporting mullets ?
  19. mcheconi mcheconi, 2 months ago
    Great! Come to Brazil you both and bring the accordion. You two can stay all day on the beach while I work on this baby.
  20. Manikin Manikin, 2 months ago
    Phil can you pack your bags in a flash so we can head to Brazil and the sun and beach ??????
  21. mcheconi mcheconi, 2 months ago
    No answer. He went packing.
  22. Manikin Manikin, 2 months ago
    lol he likely is mcheconi :-) You inspired me to go play mine lol and every key works but boy it is heavy . It does have a bottom strap and thumb strap . I now have to clean the mother of pearl keys . It is to heavy to hold hand play wow I had never tried I had to rest it on my leg. But it did not play a real song I have no talent on it . I can play a radio or record player though.:-) I checked it all over and it needs new tape the bellows look in good shape just dusty between folds . Well I guess me and Phil will be there soon I think he hired a private plane and is on way to pick me up :-)
  23. mcheconi mcheconi, 2 months ago
    LOL...I'm sure he is! These diatonic accordions work like mouth harmonicas. They are tuned in specific tones or notes, like C-G, C-F, etc. Yours is probably tuned in C-F, the most common German tuning of that time. Some accordions have the tuning indicated on the back or side of the right hand keyboard (the 21 keys keyboard). Others have it marked on the reed blocks inside and you have to open it by removing the eight pins that hold the bellows. The fact is that it is not too difficult to play simple tunes on them. There are many video tutorials on YouTube. They are heavy at start and you need straps for sure. You will develop new muscles LOL.
  24. Manikin Manikin, 2 months ago
    mcheconi Oh I doubt I will ever be able to play it and I came from a family that all played musical instrument's but me I just liked to dance to it :-) I will attempt to play a tune for you though IF you send us some warm weather :-)
  25. mcheconi mcheconi, 2 months ago
    Oh I wish I could send you HALF of the heat we have here today...95 F now...jesus...
    Can't wait to see your debut LOL. Here's something to inspire you:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_Jx4gPFnlI
  26. Manikin Manikin, 2 months ago
    Well far better than -30 degree's ! although I don't much care for 95 so I would settle for 75 :-) Well one day I will play 2 notes for you lol . In USA we associate the accordion with polka's
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRWYuoeWhj4
  27. mcheconi mcheconi, 2 months ago
    Manikin, in Brazil we have a large German community in the Southern states and lots of polka and even an Oktoberfest! You would have your 75F and lots of dance there. Besides the polka, the Southern states are influenced by the Argentine and Uruguay music, that is very beautiful and full of sentiment. Watch this beautiful video of an Argentine "chamame" song:

    https://vimeo.com/69815492

    In the Brazilian Northeast states the accordion is played in the "forró" music...if you love to dance, forró would make you more than happy. Listen to it here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hDs5N_L_ag

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