Piano accordion (Tango Primas model)
Hohner Musikinstrumente GmbH & Co. KG
Object Place: Trossingen, Germany
Overall: 51.4 x 39.4 x 17.8 cm (20 1/4 x 15 1/2 x 7 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wood, plastic, metal, paperboard, textile
Not On View
Model - Tango Primas with a Curved Keyboard
120 bass buttons, 4 treble reeds and 5 bass reeds
Tuned musette LMMM
Construction – Wood framed body with reflective polished metal open designed grill. Body covered with a thin veneer of plastic based material called celluloid.
Date of original production is circa 1930’s in Germany. Other manufacturers were also producing the curved keyboard and marketing it as an innovative way to play an accordion. It was also thought to be ergonomically more adaptive to the natural playing motion of the right hand. It is a full size large accordion, one of the largest in its day. It also has a palm slide for changing the treble voices.
Serial number #275339
Until 2011, Jack and Kate White, Cleveland Accordion Museum, Rocky River, OH; 2011, with the closing of the museum, sold by the Whites to Paul Ramunni, Canaan, CT; 2016, sold by Ramunni to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 9, 2016)
Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund