Hohner Alfa II


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.


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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.


Hello Teikaut,
Did you happen to find a chase yet? I have a Hohner-DIN A4 that I bought from The Kelsey Co.(believe it or not) back in the 80’s.
(Also referred to as a Model D). I have an extra chase I can sell. The chase size is the same for this press as well as the ALFA I and the ALFA II with inside dimensions being 23 x 32.5cm. The ouside dimension is 36.55cm x 26.58. I’m assuming (for production reasons) that the angled wedge locations are in the same place.