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macneiju

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I want to paint the buttons on my Panther in the flower pattern. My challenge is how to remove the cover on the treble keyboard. I removed the grill and then the screws on the back of the keyboard but I am perplexed as to how to take the cover off. I see that it must lift straight off but I am  hesitant to do it. Do I have to pop it UP on the inside edge? I am afraid of breaking it.

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chingon501

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There 2 screws on the inside that hold the keyboard in place.
macneiju

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Thank you for the reply.  It's appreciated.  I will have to take a closer look! 
macneiju

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I left out a vital piece of information. I have the old Panther with the Corona II grill from 2007.  
I removed the grill again, and I can not see any screws in the interior. I only want to remove the top plate. There are no screws on top and I believe it should lift off. It wraps on the outside edge. It is extraordinarily tight and will not come away easily. Thus my reluctance to force it off.  There are no repair shops anywhere near me and besides, this seems like something I should be able to do myself. Any input would be appreciated.   Thanks!
Panther 2007-Top Plate.jpeg  Panther 2007- Back Plate.jpeg          Panther 2007 seam between top plate & back plate.jpeg  Panther 2007-wrapped edge of top plate.jpeg      

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Hi,

I've also got a Hohner Panther, and a while ago I took the bellows pins out on the treble side to have a look at the reed blocks, and I could see what looks like the two screws that hold the keyboard in place.

When removing the bellows pins - there are two each side - use a cloth to cover the pins, grab them with a pliers and pull. The cloth helps to protect the paintwork. When finished, re-insert the pins first by hand then gently tap in fully with the handle of a screwdriver.

Attached is a photograph of the inside of a Corona II with Plastic Keyboard, indicating the keyboard screws.

Keyboard_Screw.jpg 

Also here is the link of the Corona II Classic Parts Breakdown that maybe of some use:
https://reedology.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/corona-breakdown.pdf

Hope this helps.


macneiju

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Thank you for the response. (BTW -- I am really enjoying your TABs.) Is it necessary to remove the entire keyboard to remove the top plate and uncover the buttons?  Sorry for boring questions but it's all new to me.

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Hi Judith,

I think the actual button/pallet mechanism is attached via screws behind the front grill.
So just to remove the keyboard, I would assume that you remove the back cover of the keyboard, unscrew the keyboard via the two screws inside, then lift the keyboard off at an angle to clear the buttons.  I have never done this before, so I'm only going on what I've seen inside my accordion and pictures I found on the internet.

Have a look at the following link - from the Hohner Factory in Trossingen, Germany - where they are assembling a Corona II Classic:
http://www.peterunbehauen.de/p/07assembling.html

Gives you an idea of how the accordion is assembled. The Panther is almost the same - except the keyboard is plastic, not wood, and fits over the buttons.

By the way, I'm in England - I have visited Canada twice - Montreal and Toronto - great place.

Regards,

David.


macneiju

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Thank you, David. That helps tremendously. Thanks for the schematic. It's too bad there aren't any screws on the top plate. It would be so much simpler! 

I belong to Melodeon.net as well though I haven't been using it much lately. Much interaction with the Melodeon folks?



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You are welcome.

Yes we've got an excellent melodeon tuner and repairer that is very close to where I live. I took my Panther there as one of the notes sounded a little flat, so he retuned it for me. He played my Panther and said it's as good as a Corona II. He plays English Folk. He doesn't know anyone else here playing texmex/conjunto music. Most of the folk guys here play the two row Erica or Pokerwork.
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