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8 Concertina Makers and Repairers


This article is from the Concertina FAQ, by Chris Timson chris@harbour.demon.co.uk with numerous contributions by others.

8 Concertina Makers and Repairers

If sending your concertina through the post for repair or tuning
(e.g. from the US to one of the UK repairers) PLEASE make sure it
is properly packed first. Please contact the repairer in question
before dispatch - they may have moved!

This list is not exhaustive and I would welcome further information.
I have only expressed opinions where I am familiar with the

  Accordion Magic Ltd             Much of what they do is accordion
  88 Woodlands Park               repair, but what I have seen of their
  Wash Lane                       concertina work is good. Good photo      
  Allostock                       essays on their web site of concertina
  Cheshire                        repair work they have done. Most       
  WA16 9LG                        significantly they do MIDI concertina     
  England                         conversions. I have one, and it's a 
  Phone 01565 723080              cracking piece of kit. WWW pages at:-                  
  Email        http://www.accordionmagic.com/
  Accusound                       Make specialist microphones for
  19 Bitteswell Road              miking awkward instruments -
  Lutterworth                     including concertinas. Probably
  LE17 4EL                        have the edge on Microvox for
  England                         quality, but Microvox are cheaper!
  Phone 01455 552306
  Mike Acott                      Does a wide range of repairs
  33 Kelvin Road                  including fretwork, french polishing
  Ipswich                         and new bellows. Does a lot of work for
  Suffolk                         Chris Algar. Also recommended by
  IP1 5EH                         Colin Cater.
  Phone 01473 743080
  The Button Box                  Repairs and their own very good 
  P.O. Box 372                    accordion-reed based anglos and 
  42 Amherst Rd                   Englishes (also see sec 9). Also 
  Sunderland, MA 01375            organise the Northeast Squeeze-In       
  USA                             in Massachusetts every September.                         
  Phone (413) 665 7793            WWW pages at:-
  E-mail       http://www.buttonbox.com
  Carroll Concertinas             A new (2003) American maker of anglo
  912 Squire Oaks Dr.             concertinas using true concertina reeds
  Villa Hills                     of his own make rather than the
  KY  41017                       ubiquitous accordion reed. I have not
  USA                             seen a Carroll concertina myself yet,
  Phone (859)426-5746             but the photo essays on the web site
  Email                           look very promising. Only repairs
  E-mail     concertinas he has made. WWW pages at:-
  Steve Chambers/                 Jason O'Rourke says "As far as I know
  Micheal O Raghallaigh           they're the most widely used in 
  MacNeill Music                  Ireland...The only problem with them
  140 Capel St                    is that they tend to be very busy,
  Dublin                          and as a result can be slow with 
  Phone 01-8722159                repairs."  
  Malcolm Clapp                   An Australian repairer of impeccable
  6 Melissa Place                 reputation recommended by (among others)
  Woolgoolga                      Wayne Richmond of the Australian
  New South Wales 2456            Concertina Band. Sometimes has quality
  Australia                       used instruments for sale.
  Phone +61 (0)2 6654 0145
  Concertina Connection           A company dedicated to the reintroduction
  5709 AM Helmond                 of the concertina into classical music.
  The Netherlands                 Repair/restoration of vintage concertinas
  Phone +31 492 513611            and makers of the new Geuns-Wakker
  Email                           concertinas in cooperation with bandoneon
          maker Harry Geuns (see below). Publishers
                                  of new and original Victorian repertoire
                                  for the concertina. Give lecture recitals,
                                  workshops etc. New for 2005 is the intro-
                                  duction of a true MIDI concertina (both
                                  anglo and English). Has WWW page at:-
  Connor Concertinas              Repairs and makers of new 
  30 Eastbury Avenue              concertinas using traditional reeds.
  Rochford                        I used to own a Connor G/D, and it
  Essex SS4 1SF                   was a joy to play, light and responsive.
  Phone 01702 546745
  Bill Crossland                  Yorkshire-based concertina repairer
  60, Broad Lane                  and renovator.
  HD9 3XE
  Phone 01484 687195
  C & R Dipper Concertinas        Repairers and makers of 
  West End House                  concertinas of all systems.  
  High Street                     Make outstanding anglos -
  Heytesbury                      I have just got a baritone
  Warminster BA12 0EA             anglo made by them. It is a
  England                         miraculous instrument. See
  Phone 01985 840516              our home page for pictures.
  Frank Edgley                    Something of a concertina Renaissance
  Complete Concertina Repair      Man, Frank has always had an excellent 
  2346 Meldrum                    reputation for repairs and retuning.
  Windsor                         Now he makes very well-regarded anglos
  Ontario N8W 4E4                 using accordion reeds, has produced an
  Canada                          anglo tutor and has a CD of nice Irish
  Phone (519) 948-9149            music with his son. Has web page at:-
  Email         http://www.concertinas.ca
  Dave Elliott                    Repairs and retunes concertinas. The 
  Oughtibridge                    very knowledgeable author of The
  Sheffield                       Concertina Maintenance Manual.
  S Yorkshire S35 0FH
  0114 2863069
  Richard Evans                   Recommended by Bob McKay, who says 
  Lot 5                           "anglo maker and general free reed
  Sandham Rd                      repairer (and also all-round nice guy)"
  Bell                            Former editor of the late and excellent
  NSW                             Concertina Magazine of the 1980s, he
  Australia                       makes the well-regarded Kookaburra
  Geuns Concertina                The Dutch maker Harry Geuns (previously
  Contact via:-                   known for his bandoneons) is now 
  Concertina Connection           making 48-button English concertinas
  Jan de Withof 15,               using accordion reeds for a cost of
  5709 AM Helmond                 Euro 2000.00. They are being marketed
  The Netherlands                 by Concertina Connection (see
  Phone +31 492 513611            above). I have not met one of these yet,
  Email               but there is a full WWW page at:-
  Theo Gibb                       I have never encountered Theo's
  Greenfield House                work myself, and he is mostly
  St Cuthbert's Road              known for his accordion repair
  Marley Hill                     work. However, he is a knowledgeable
  Newcastle upon Tyne             member of the Concertina.net forum
  NE16 5EB                        and there are some nice pictures
  England                         on his web site at:-
  Phone 0191 488 8832             http://www.theboxplace.co.uk/
  Paul Groff                      Recommended by Greg Bullough, who says:
  14 Cushing Street               "He's a very good reed fixer and restorer
  Cambridge, MA 02138             for both concertinas and accordions",
  USA                             and John Gunnell, who says: "A person
  Phone (617) 499-9928            of great ability and integrity".
                                  WWW page at http://www.groffsmusic.com
  Christy Hengel                  Maker of reputedly very high quality
  403 N Minnesota St              Chemnitzer concertinas. Has a long
  New Ulm, MN  56073              waiting list.
  Phone (507) 354-6525
  Harold Herrington               Makes 30-button anglos. Based on 
  1004 Paintbrush St              accordion reeds, but with a very
  Mesquite, Texas 75149           fine and playable action. Hexagonal
  Phone (972) 288-7007            and (unusually) square designs with
  E-mail            German silver ends. I have just
                                  acquired a fine square G/D and I am
                                  very happy with it. Nice web site with 
                                  great URL:- http://www.concertinas.com.  
  Holmwood Concertinas            Makers of English 56-button tenor treble 
  (Hamish and Freda Bayne),       concertinas to their own design.
  Unit 3 Quarryfield Road         One owner (Don Nichols) says "It
  Hatston Industrial Estate       is a visual work of art, as well
  Kirkwall KW15 1GD               as being wonderful to play".
  Orkney                          Recently moved to Orkney, but still
  UK                              active as makers. Only repair their
  Phone 01856 879055              own concertinas.
  Homewood Musical Instrument Co  Does a lot of repair work, and
  3027 Central Avenue             Bob Tedrow's web site has some nice 
  Birmingham                      pictures of some of his practices -
  Alabama                         indeed the web site goes from   
  USA                             strength to strength. Now makes his 
  Phone (205) 879-4868            own anglos! (initial reaction to these
  E-mail               has been very good). WWW page at:-
                  `               http://hmi.homewood.net   
  House of Musical Traditions     Repairs (also see section 9).
  7040 Carroll Ave                Have recently been joined by a
  Takoma Park MD 20912            concertina repair specialist
  USA                             called Clifton Hoyt.
  Phone (301) 270-9090            
  David Leese                     Will tune and do most repairs.                     
  "Foty'r Mynach"                 Does a lot of work for Chris Algar.
  Llanaber Road                   Has now opened an online shop for
  Barmouth                        concertina spares at:-
  Gwynedd                         http://www.concertina-spares.com/
  LL42 1RF
  Phone 01341 280092
  A.C. Norman & Co.               Maker and repairer. Has been making
  "Old Stables"                   30-button C/G and G/D anglos since  
  Nursery Lane                    1980, using hand-tuned Italian reeds.
  Nutley                          WWW page at:-
  Uckfield                        http://www.acnorman.co.uk
  Sussex  TN22 3NR
  Phone 01825 713551
  Jurgen Suttner Concertinas      Maker of English and anglo
  Albert-Nöll-Str. 78             concertinas. I recently had the
  D-57078 Siegen                  chance to play a Suttner anglo (a
  Germany                         Jeffries copy) and found it a very
  Phone  +49-271 8706939          nice instrument. WWW page at:-
  Marcus Music                    Recently started making 30-button
  Tredegar House                  anglos based on Antonelli reeds.
  Newport                         Well worth searching out if you are
  Gwent                           on a budget. Also deals in concertinas
  Wales                           (see section 9). As of August 2004 now
  Phone 01633 815612              also making Englishes! WWW pages at:
  Microvox                        Make specialist microphones for
  Westfield Music                 miking awkward instruments -
  Westfield Villa                 including concertinas. We use
  Belgrave Mount                  them ourselves. WWW pages at:-
  Wakefield                       http://www.microvox.demon.co.uk
  WF1 3SB
  Phone 01924 361550
  Reads's Reeds                   Does retuning, repairs and 
  6 Holloway Road                 restoration. Will also help
  Toronto                         people find an instrument.
  M9A 1E8
  Phone 416-207-0258
  Stagi                           Brunner Musica make Stagi (formerly
  Brunner Musica S.R.L.           Bastari) concertinas, easily the
  Zona Ind.le Squartabue          most widely sold in the world.
  I-62019 Recanati (MC)           WWW pages at:-
  Italy                           http://www.brunnermusica.com/
  Phone 0039-071-7506077
  Nigel Sture                     Concertina repairer recommended
  Hillside Cottage                by Ron Marks of West Country
  Frogmore                        Concertina Players.
  TQ7 2NR
  Phone 01548 531525
  West Country Cases              Maker of instrument cases,
  Barry Wallace                   but specialises in cases
  18 Whitebrook Terrace           for concertinas.
  Holcombe Rogus
  Somerset TA21 0PY
  Phone 01823 673021
  C Wheatstone & Co Ltd           Repairs and makers of concertinas of
  (Steve Dickinson),              all systems. Excellent instruments,
  21 Bridge Street                I would hate to have to choose
  Stowmarket                      between Dickinson and Dipper for
  Suffolk                         quality!  WWW pages at:-
  IP14 1BP                        http://www.wheatstone.co.uk/
  Phone 01449 615523


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