The Legendary Hohner Morino VM - Early 1960's Accordion

Dear Accordion Friends,

It is a thrill to present to you a very rare and special accordion, the Hohner Morino built in 1961. It is not easy to find information about the history of the company and the development of the legendary Morino and Gola models. Both Venanzio Morino and Giovanni Gola came to Hohner from Italy. Morino was Gola's predecessor. This particular model has the so-called "domino" switches and "waterfall" keyboard design. This is a real weighted keyboard that you would find on a very few accordions. The action is fantastic after all these years. This model is in demand because of its excellent balance and relatively light weight for a 5-reed instrument. At some time in the early 1970's the ivory-finished key tops were replaced with standard white plastic key tops. This material is prone to developing surface cracks. The accordion remained the same powerful and efficient instrument ... until in the 1990's quality was forgotten in order to keep the cost down. As Hohner outsourced production of student models to China the whole mentality of the company changed. Apparently cost reduction became more important than tradition and quality control. Even though it is claimed that the new  Morino is made in Germany it is not at all the same accordion. The harmonic richness that was typical for this model for several decades is gone...

This particular accordion is in amazing condition. It is all original. The bellows folds are so clean one would think the accordion was not played much. I see two cosmetic issues. The chrome plating on the bellows corners has pealed off and most of the HOHNER metal letters in front of the accordion are missing. I have provided a close-up photos. Considering the body has almost no scratches I could speculate that at some time it was buffed and the metal letters were caught in the buffing wheel. Other than that, the instrument is fabulous mechanically and acoustically. It is clean and air-tight. The tonal depth is fascinating. If you have played a 1950-60's Scandalli Super VI you know how the bassoon makes your chest vibrate and the clarinet is soft yet very powerful. Well, you have all that in the Morino plus a better bass than on most of the Scandalli accordions I've played. The Morino bass goes down to low E (!) matching perfectly the treble side harmonic richness in the lower frequency range. One Morino always stays with me. As far as I know, the cathedral big sound of this accordion remains unmatched in depth and harmonic richness.

The instrument has been serviced at the Accordion Gallery and is ready to impress its new owner.

I haven't been so thrilled with a classic vintage accordion for a long time. There are other fine instruments that have excellent tonal characteristics in the mid to high frequency range (American Excelsior Symphony, Hohner Gola, 1950-60's Titano Royal etc.). However, for someone who loves the thick tone chamber sound, there is almost no comparison. There are very few other accordions that could be compared to this Morino series in terms of tonal depth and harmonic richness. 

Call 973-770-6877 for a unique opportunity to play this accordion side by side with some of the best vintage and new accordions. If you know what to expect you will be very pleased to find this rare model is such exceptional condition.

You've got to play this accordion! See you at the Accordion Gallery...

This design of the keyboard and treble switches has long been abandoned by Hohner in favor of a less expensive approach.
Today you would need to pay $35k or more for a new Gola to be worthy of these features from Hohner...

Beautiful pearl bass buttons, each one surrounded by felt for a silent action. Hohner was ahead of the competition
when it comes to mechanical design and engineering. While all other manufacturers still used a sheet of felt
sandwiched between plywood layers Hohner had invented the individual button padding for noise reduction.
This is the accepted design in Italy now.

The accordion will be sent to its new owner with the best quality new genuine leather Italian shoulder straps.

The 4 close-up photographs below show the bellows corners. As the Nickel plating was pealing it revealed some
of the brass surface underneath. Except for this imperfection the accordion looks like new.

Let's explore the interior of the accordion.

Please, note that the chambered rods are not riveted to the main rod. Instead, they are completely independent
allowing for easier and independent valve alignment.

In the pictures above (the knob above the treble switches) and below (the metal bar in the middle of the tone chamber)
you can see the bellows locking mechanism. As you turn the knob the metal bar locks under the plate mounted on top
of the the large bass reed block (see several photos below). There is no need for bellows straps with this design.

The serial number is stamped on each reed blocks as well as all major components of the accordion.

The next several photographs show the amazing design of the large tone-chambered bass reed blocks.
You can see the metal bracket on top that is part of the bellows locking mechanism.

Note the depth of the reed block. The Hohner engineers invented the "folded" tone chamber design for the
Bass/Tenor reed block back in the 1950s! This design allows for better air flow and faster reed response.
The latter is especially important considering the low-E bass reeds configuration.

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