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Daniel McPhee

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Mother Of Pearl Buttons
« on: November 10, 2019, 09:46:40 PM »
I notice on the 1955 Shand Morino, there are genuine MOP buttons, on my small 1959 model imitation MOP buttons.
ive only ever seen the Hohner Echo as another box with mop buttons.
I think Hohner stopped using them by 58.
Did the Italians ever use mop buttons in their instruments?
Does anyone know?

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Re: Mother Of Pearl Buttons
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2019, 11:09:24 PM »
How do you tell the difference between mother of pearl and imitation?

Daniel McPhee

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Re: Mother Of Pearl Buttons
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2019, 05:25:10 AM »
Mother of pearl has a different texture, more tacky to the touch. I think all the Shand Morinos had this up until around 1958, although im unsure about the bass buttons..
Note the different shading within the texture, giving almost a fluorescent appearance when light hits it. Its composite from the lining within the oyster shells.
Another name for it is nacre, Hohner probably stopped using it for the same principles as ivory.
Imitation may well be better for sliding fingers, theres something unique about mop however, i think.

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Re: Mother Of Pearl Buttons
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2019, 06:25:21 AM »
Thanks Daniel. I had always supposed all accordion buttons were plastic of some sort.