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Hohner in Trossingen, Germany - Sept 2010fast cars and the autobahn
Incredible historical buildings....what can say....all of these pictures were taken as we were driving since I had a very hectic schedule. But, I had an awesome time as usual with the great people I work with at Hohner.
Mrs. Sabine Koelz (Hohner-Konservatorium), Gilbert, Mr. Horst Fausel (product manager), and Ms. Sabine Olbricht (product manager) working on US piano accordion strategies.Mrs. Petra Zellman (technical center), Gilbert, Mr. Matthias Keller (R&D Manager) and Mr. Horst Fausel going over technical implementation as well as specs for new products. If changes need to be made such as the action on the accordion, this team is responsible.
Mr. Horst Fausel and Dr. Christof Niedwewieser discussing marketing. with Sabine Olbricht working on new product development.
at dinner with Mrs. Sabine Koelz, Mr. Klaus Stetter (President Hohner Germany), Ms. Sabine Olbricht, and Mr. Horst Fausel.Mr. Stetter driving over 225 km on the Autobahn with his eyes closed... BMW with auto pilot....only in Germany...
Mr. Fausel with the first batch of Corona Xtreme IIs ready for US distribution. Available in Pearl Gold, Pearl Blue, Pearl White, Pearl Gray, Pearl Black, Jet Black, and Pearl Red.
Mr. Pentenrieder working on the Steve Jordan Rockordeon.... I was fortunate to have spent some time with Esteban "Steve" Jordan at his home in May of this year.  We said our goodbyes and we both knew it was going to be the last time we would see each other.  May he rest in peace.
The new crown logo for all of the corona series line.
 
The factory is so big that I did not have time to take pictures of the reed block section back in 2008. There are so many machines and tools that it would take days just to document everything.
mas burrosburros o musica? Los dos!
It was late on Friday and all of the employees had gone home. I was lucky that Mr. Markus Faitsch from Hohner woodworking was still at the facility.Here he is working on Hohner's most prestigious accordion the Gola.
Mr. Faitsch was kind enough to let us see what he was doing and explained the process in the techniques of woodworking for all  accordions. This is accordion is a special order and soon these pieces of wood will be making incredible music.....
These are just a few of the machines that make all of the plastic parts such as accordion buttons, valves, recorders, etc. I have an hour to make 1000 pearl white buttons ...Not!
This machine makes all metal parts such as accordion rods, keys, plates; anything that you see in any accordion that is metal, this machine does it.Here is left over aluminum sheet. As you can see, these are all accordion parts that were stamped out.
Sheets of metal used to make the necessary parts for production.This picture was taken as I was leaving Trossingen to Stuttgart (1 hour drive) to catch my flight back to EEUU.  Check out pictures I took in 2008 at the Hohner factory. Click Here

 I also want to thank Chris Baumann (service/parts) and Klaus Steuer (warehouse/parts) for meeting with me an going over our parts and service strategy.

 


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Thanks for sharing these great pix!! 

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Nice pics Gilbert...Looks to me like your living the chicano dream!!!!
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Hohner, the best accordion company in the world!  You hear a lot about other brands, but you never get to see the internal workings like you do with Hohner.   It is my huntch that other accordion companies don't come close, that is why you don't see what you see here. 

 

Thanks for sharing!

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I need a vacation lol cool pics Gilbert...are the new coronas for sale allready?
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Great !! I had never seen so many awesome machines for making accordions !!    

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if i ever go back to germany, I would like to visit the hohner factory. i dont know how to play, at least take pics.

Gilbert, how far is this from Munich or Berlin?

thanx for posting.

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Cool!!  I love the new Corona logo.  Sweet!!

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I have to go some day to this factory, i'll hope they give free samples lol

Cool pics


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Woww... thank you for sharing your experience with us. 

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Truly, incredible. Thanks for sharing with us. It must be very fullfilling to do what you love as a full time job.
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cool pics, 
I love seeing how things are made and the machines and people that make
them and an accordion factory..  that's the dream yeah!!
thanks Gilbert

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cool pics.

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Great pics.. and great memories of Hohner and the Hohner folks.  Thanks for sharing.
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Beautiful pix...



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These are great pictures.  I like how you bring a very vivid perspective on the accordion world.  If it wasn't for you Gilbert taking the time to do this, the rest of the world would have no clue what accordion manufacturing is all about including the people responsible for making these great instruments.   Personally, you have broaden my perspective and insights on accordions, especially on Hohner and its incredible history.  They were there in the beginning when it all happened in our rich musical cultura. 
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beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.


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Gilbert, I noticed the Rockordeons in your pictures, will they be reissuing the red ones again?

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Hola Ricardo,

I decided to make it in Red as well. 

Best,

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Great photos...I'll take an orange Extreme with all the trimmings!

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muy buenas fotos,  felicidades


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gilbert, usted es representante de hohner para los hispanos?
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The piano accordion would by far be the preferred accordion in America outside of the latin music world, considering how many people already know how to play piano. Why can't Hohner come out with a $300-500 range 48 bass, like the Panther but for piano? The bravo is over $1,000, and non-full size used accordions are extremely difficult to find. The sheer size of 120-bass PA's put most people off. I feel like if there were a smaller accordion readily available, a lot of people would be interested.

Anyway, awesome pictures.
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Hi Tania,  I agree with you wholeheartedly.  For the past couple of years I have been working on a project to do this and we should have something by 2013.  
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Hi Gilbert, I'm extremely uplifted to hear that! I'll be following any news you post in anticipation.
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Que buenas fotos, yo vivo aqui en alemania soy de Monterrey y tengo planeado visitar esa Fabrica de Hohner el proximo año y pues que viva la musica de Acordeon y Bajo Sexto ..... Saludos
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I always like those pictures where you can see the process of making an accordion. Thanks for sharing!
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