Will Starr's Accordions:

German, black 4-row Hohner Morino

This accordion started life as a 3-row button accordion and was also modelled on the 'Shand Morino'. Will had three modifications made to it.

The first was the addition of another row of buttons to make four rows. However, this additional inside row was actually a dummy row, and was added just for effect.

This modification was done by Willie Wylie, a highly respected accordion technician of McCormack's Music Shop, Bath Street, Glasgow, a family run business that was established by Mr. Neil McCormack in 1937 and has now become McCormack's Musical Instruments Ltd.

The second modification was to remove the name 'Hohner from the front of the accordion and replace it with the name 'STARR'.

The third modification was to remove the name 'Hohner' from the grille of the treble reeds cover plate and replace it with the name 'STARR'.

This photograph was taken on Croy Hill near his home in Croy and shows Will demonstrating his trademark kick. It was used as the cover for his recording, 'Music With a Kick'

Will Starr playing his black Hohner Morino 4-row button accordion.
Will Starr playing his black Hohner Morino '4-row' button accordion.

Here are some movie clips showing Will playing this accordion in
a Grampian Television Hogmany Show, December 1975.

A short time after Will's death, this accordion was bought by Ken Hopkins, a Northern Ireland collector.

In 2016, it was sold to Brandon McPhee from Caithness, Scotland, who had it serviced and tuned by John Crawford, the well respected accordion technical specialist, in Freuchie, Fife.

Here are a couple of photographs taken in Northern Ireland and kindly provided by Brandon McPhee.

Ken Hopkins and Brandon McPhee showing the Will Starr Hohner Morino 4-row button accordion.
Ken Hopkins and Brandon McPhee showing the Will Starr Hohner Morino 4-row button accordion.

Brandon McPhee playing the Will Starr Hohner Morino 4-row button accordion.
Brandon McPhee, resplendent in kilt order,
playing the Will Starr Hohner Morino 4-row button accordion.


Will's black Hohner Morino accordion can be seen at the button-key 'Shand Morino Exhibition Day' held in Windygates, Fife at the end of January every year.

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