Hohner Morino Club N (diatonic) Accordion


#1

Hello,
Today I found a really nice Hohner accordion at an antique market in Sydney, Australia, a Morino Club N. Yes, I bought it at a good price!

The treble side sounded really very good with a quick check. The 12 bass buttons were all sticking down and not springing back up… But I figured that due to the good condition overall, it was worth the gamble.

Now I have it at home, it is indeed a very impressive instrument. I will need to do some repairs on the bass mechanism and a couple of reeds are not working. But the rest is in tune and the sound is so rich with a beautiful tone. It has the cassotto chamber and it is very noticeable to me the difference in tone to the other accordions I have been testing/repairing of late (including some good Italian models).

This accordion is in the key of C/F. But can anyone give me any more history on the Morino Club N?
What does the N mean? The internal number inside the accordion is stamped 45/44.

Finally, with the club layout of notes and the 12 bass buttons, what sort of musician was this professional, though diatonic, model accordion aimed at when it was designed and released? I would be interested to hear of your thoughts on this accordion and its best attributes, in particular, to which musical genres it is best suited to playing. (Maybe the Bb/Eb was made for Jazz musicians, for instance?)

It also came in an original Hohner case… and my wife was there to approve the purchase! All good :slight_smile:


#2

Dear Tony,
you made a great deal!
The Club Morino N C/F model is the top model in the Club range (2 diatonic tone ranges, C and F major + 3rd cross (half) tone range). The instrument has 33 treble buttons, 5-reeds with cassotto and 12 basses, also 5-reeds.
The "N" stands for the series. The first model Morino Club (without further letter) was produced from 1949 to 1967, the "N" model from 1968 to 1986 and the last series, Morino Club "S" then from 1987 to 2006.
This instrument was made for advanced players. Maybe someone in this forum can tell us more about the genre they play with this accordion.
Theresia


#3

Thanks for the info Theresia.

There is a comprehensive guide to the Club system of accordions by Jacques Delaguerre (2003), which includes this interesting page from a Hohner catalogue from 1957:
http://www.delaguerre.com/delaguerre/pedagogy/club/frontspiece.html