Hohner Basset

When i bought it it looked like this


I opened it up to clean it and realised this wasnt its original colour.


It really was taupe gray before, but the years had the plastic chassis yellowing

I decided to restore it to its original colour (or as close as i could…)

After 5 months of great fun, I had to open it up because the output went silent.

Gutshots of the Hohner Basset!

Lets start with the DIN jack that connects it to the bass amp..


Keyboard:

Circuit board and caps jungle:

Inside the white enclosure there’s a lamp and a ldr.. this assembly is the actual “percussion” section.

You press a note on the keyboard, the light goes off slowly (sustain) according to the knob position, when not in auto mode.

Video below..

Pcb: 3.1967!!

Ahem this means the caps have been doing their job for 50 long years! Only one of the capacitors has failed, please note- the blue valvo 100uF cap now measures 1uF!

Output DIN and 3 pronged jack, fuse

Video showing the lamp going off when a note is keyed.

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2 thoughts on “Hohner Basset”

  1. Hello! I recently got an Hohner Basset which simply doesn’t turn on. I started investigating and soon I found a broken cable, red colored. It’s the red cable visible in the last photo (https://masutopedals.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/img_7629.jpg).

    Till now I cannot figure out both where to connect it (may be a relly dumb question I’m aware of this) and how to open the fuse holder inside that voltage selector switch.

    Would you mind helping me?

    BTW, nice blog! I really appreciated the Selmer Buzztone!

    Andrea

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