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texmex99

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Hello, and greetings from England.

I have a Hohner Panther (retro type with Corona style grill), and a few of the notes I feel are a bit out of tune or inconsistent tremolo - same note pushing in sounds a little different when pulling out.
Here in the UK, I have been quoted £150 ($223 US) for a complete re-tune of all reeds.

However, while searching the internet I came across the Hohner C-Shop Germany based at the Hohner factory in Trossingen, and under the section of "Accordion - Corona II" the complete Reed Blocks are 113.29 Euro ($121 US). I emailed them and they informed me that they are complete G-C-F Blocks and fully tuned (in Germany, I assume). They also ship to the UK - no import tax as we are EU.

Looking at Hohner C-Shop based in the US, these same Reed Blocks cost $419. That's almost three and a half times more expensive than in Germany.

Has anyone ever replaced the entire Reed Blocks and is the tuning good?
(I require the standard Hohner Factory Tuning Sound).
Do these Corona II Reed Blocks fit the Hohner Panther?
Would you suggest I purchase new fully tuned Reed Blocks rather than spending the £150 ($223 US) for a complete re-tune? (Noting that the New Reed Blocks are Cheaper than re-tuning).

Any help would be very greatly appreciated.

Regards, Dawood.
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Wow that seems crazy cheap for a set of reeds, are those really not the chinese reeds?

The price of the complete tuning is more about the labor cost and not a factor of parts. I usually end up replacing only 2-3 reeds but spend 2 hrs tuning the instrument, and replacing a few valves along the way.

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Thanks for your reply,

I even thought that this price was for one reed block, not a set of three.
So I emailed them and received a mail back from the Service Manager
at Hohner in Trossingen, informing me that it was for all three reed blocks
and the reeds are tuned.

The Part/Item Number for the GCF Reed Blocks is TA12038.

So I checked at the Hohner Shop USA, and TA12038 on their website is $419.00, also the actual Parts Price List states that TA12038 is for Corona II Classic. There is not another part number for the same reed blocks, so these must be German Manufactured and Tuned Reed Blocks.

http://www.hohnershop.com/corona-treble-reed-blocks/
Select Key: GCF
SKU: TA12038
Price: $419.00

Hohner USA Accordion Parts Price List - May 1, 2014:
http://www.playhohner.com/fileadmin/hohner_group/hohner/00_website/service/Hohner_USA_Service_Media/Price_Lists/Hohner_Accordion_Parts_Price_List_04-2014.pdf
Treble Reed Blocks:
Corona II Classic; G-C-F - Item-No: TA12038 - Price: $420


Compared to the cost from Hohner in Trossingen, for the same Part/Item Number:

http://www.hohner-cshop.de/en/Accordion/Diatonic/3-row/Corona-II/Reed-block-GCF-treble-HOHNER.html
Reed block GCF treble
Corona II - Art.No.: TA12038 - Price: 113.29 Euro ($121 US)

Seems like a cheaper option to just replace the entire reed blocks, with the better reed blocks from Germany than having my Panther reeds re-tuned.
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Most likely not German made at that price, but a hell of a savings regardless. The shipping is gonna be a bit but it's not a big item so I am guessing about $50.
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Just an update. I decided that only one of the notes sounded a little flat and just had that note re-tuned.
Sounds great now.
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