Hohner Alfa II

Everyone,

I neighbor of mine has a Hohner Alfa II, which is a small motorized hand fed press. It works well, at first glance, but has no chase. Does anyone else have this press? Also:

Has anyone had a chase fabricated, when a previous chase for the machine is not present? I suppose if we got this press, I’d want to have 5-6 made. What does that process look like?

Thanks everyone.

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Do you have photos of the press? I have a Hohner Rapid II and a Hohner Hobo IV. I’ve seen an Alfa but never one that’s motorized. I have a handful of Hohner chases—if you confirm size I’ll check what I have. Some of the chases have wedges on the outside edges that allow the chase to sit in the bed—other’s do not.

Bradley

Hohner platens have been shown in many American Printing Equipment catalogs. Best US info.

Thanks Bradley and parallel_imp.

Bradley, I’m, attaching pictures of the press, sorry if it’s difficult to see. The inside dimensions of the bed where the chase sits is approximately 14 3/4” x 10 1/4”. It does have a wedge in the middle to hold the chase in, and no chase hook on top. If you happen to have a chase this size I could buy from you or borrow I would greatly appreciate it.

parallel_imp a friend sent along a page from an APE catalog showing the presses, and I do see that it shows the ALFA (but not ALFA II) having a smaller inside chase diameter than the Hohner D. So I suppose there is a chance that all the chases for each press is unique. I will keep searching though. I found a few catalogs for sale and will order them.

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Here’s an interesting tidbit—the Cincinnati type and print museum lists they they have a Model D, but it is listed as “Model D (Alfa II)”. Maybe there is come compatibility.

https://www.cincinnatitypeprintmuseum.org/learn-more/our-collection

That’s a very cool press. It looks to be a motorized version of the Model D so you could probably use a chase from that press—or at least borrow a chase from someone with that press in order to get some made at a competent machine shop. You can see the wedges in image 3537 that Hohner used as a means to securely lock the chase into the bed. I know a few people with Model D Hohners, so you can message me through my Briar Press profile and I can share their contact info.

Im curious about how this press works in terms of being motorized. I don’t see a flywheel so I assume there must be some gear motor that they used to actuate impression. Keep me posted if you end up buying it—it’s definitely a rare press and probably worth quite a bit.

Bradley

Bradley,

Email sent, and I did end up buying it. You’re right that it does not have a flywheel. It has an interesting movement, it dwells for quite a while on impression but leaves almost no time to feed paper. When I’m out to the garage next I’ll take the guard off and take a few photos.

Gerald

I moved the press into the studio, and I’m going through the press to make sure it’s still all working but looks good. Terrible thing to move though.

I’ve attached some photos that should give everyone an idea of how it’s working.

I haven’t found a chase for the press yet, so if anyone has a lead it would be much appreciated. I am quite certain that a Hohner D chase will fit the press, but still have not found one to try.

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