The Legendary Hohner Morino VM - Early
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...
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.
has been serviced at the Accordion Gallery and is ready to impress its
- Made in Germany, Serial Number 61-1298
- 5 sets of treble reeds - LMMMH
- Double Tone Chamber (LM1)
- Classic German Morino musette tuning
- 41 keys, professional
wooden keyboard with molded ivory key caps
- 11 treble switches give you access to concert and musette sounds
- 5 sets f bass reeds - low E
bass reed configuration
- 120 bass - 5 bass switches
- Clean bellows with plenty of volume, optimized for the reed
configuration and body size
- Excellent compression
- The accordion will come with new genuine soft leather Italian straps,
the best I could find
- ~28 lb
- Original Hohner solid hard shell case with a cover to protect the
keyboard from the shoulder straps buckles
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
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...
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
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
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
The next several
photographs show the amazing design of the large tone-chambered bass
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
The latter is
especially important considering the low-E bass reeds configuration.