In the previous post about Pokerworks, I described new and more recent examples as having a plastic keyboard cover, and I described 'classic' examples as those having a "horned" wooden keyboard cover. Below is an example of a vintage model with a wooden keyboard cover that is not horned. It has the streamlined shape of the modern plastic cover, while being made out of wood and its rounded rectangular shape hints at being the link between plastic keyboards of today and the wooden keyboards of yesterday. Examine how the curved edge on the left side transitions into the playing edge (where a thumb groove should be!) and compare this with a modern cover. The modern plastic cover forms a smooth single rounded edge whereas on this example, there is a distinct boundary where the shaping was done and the edges meet. If this is your photo, please let me know so I can give you credit (or remove it, because I can't remember where I found it. It's the perfect shot and much better than the photos of my boxes).
|| instead of |= and you've got the idea of how the reeds are mounted inside. Laying the reeds against the board instead of perpendicular to it makes the resulting sound brighter and more strident. These boxes are lightweight because they lack heavy wooden reed blocks, and only have reeds for that one row of buttons. Being so lightweight means they are easily portable, as well as comfortable. You can really throw them around, even dance with them, and they're great fun to play. There is no minor in the bass configuration, unless you add one. Two left-hand buttons produce the bass and chord for the tonic and the 5th, while the other two buttons correspond to the bass and chord of the 4th in both directions. You can visit the Keyboard Layouts section at melodeon.net to view keyboard diagrams for this model. The make an excellent addition to any accordion collection, and can usually be found in C, G, and D tuning, and rarely in other tunings.
visit the Button Box website by clicking here). Obviously, the logo is vertical instead of horizontal but you'll see that pattern is essentially the same. Some people describe the oak leaves as sea shells, and maybe they are. I'll take this opportunity to wish, publicly, for Hohner to bring back the 3-stop HA-113 and 2-stop HA-112. How wonderful and lightweight are those boxes, and you get to choose voicings with the stop.