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Hello. I'm a complete newbie. I purchased a used Hohner Panther and I'm not sure if there is something wrong with it. On the lower notes if I open and close the bellow slowly while holding the button I get a buzzing sound. The sound reminds me of a plastic bag being crumbled up. Its less noticeable the louder I play and the higher note I hit. I put up a quick video on YouTube about it. Hope it's normal (doubt it) or an easy fix.


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I opened up the accordion today so see if I noticed anything strange and everything seemed normal. The valves however are made out of layers of plastic and I'm almost sure that is making the noise. Any way to fix that? Also I found out this accordion is in fbe. I thought it was in sol.
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I think the sound is normal

Been a while since I had a panther but I believe mine did the same

It's the valves, but regardless those are pretty good

Layered valves are better and leather/ slightly tapered leather is best
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Thanks alan
Well that's good to hear. I sent the video to a friend that has a little more time playing than me and he told me his did the same in the beginning and with time it went away. I was worried I had messed up buying it. I paid 350 for it off Craigslist. So I had some wiggle room to fix it if it was damaged but I'm glad it's ok. It's in perfect cosmetic condition.

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I also have a panther and my sounds just like yours.  I think the sound is normal. I did not hear the crumbling sound you described when I listened to your video.
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That's great to hear. Thank you.
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You should check one thing.  All the valves should be laying down flat against the reedplate surface.  If the valves are not flat, those valves should be replaced.
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