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