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Neil

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It recently dawned on me (after a couple of years) that I could make the bass strap shorter on my Hohner Panther. The result is a tighter strap and better control when pulling.


Here is a brief explanation with photos in case there are others interested in doing the same.

(1) You can adjust the length of the strap from either end of the accordion, but you may want to flip it over and adjust it from the bottom so that it's less conspicuous.


(2) Using a #00 Phillips screwdriver remove the two screws and plate.



(3) While seated, place the accordion in a playing position on your left knee and pull the bass strap down with your right hand. When you have it as tight as you want it, mark the spot with your thumb or piece of tape.

(4) Using the plate as a guide, make two new holes in the strap with a sewing needle or awl.


(5) Partially screw in each of the screws into the strap.


(6) Line up the screws over the holes in the accordion and tighten.


(7) Be amazed by the feel of your new bass strap and the superior control you now have over your accordion. Now get back to practicing "Atotonilco."


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Man, great advise. I have been looking for something like this for quite a while. Thank you very much. I just started playing less than a month ago but I feel the need to make the bass strap shorter/tighter for better bellow control.[biggrin]
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And if the straps wear out, a nice western pattern belt works nicely.
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Neil i did a quick adjustment on my Hohner  bass straps. I did each end one at a time. Each time I did one end I would just hammer a nail where I wanted the new holes to be and so far so good.  I will eventually order a new adjustable bass strap and strap plates. I am just waiting for Hohner to complete its move of their accessory department to Music City Nashville, Tennessee should be mid July.
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