This site documents the building of a concertina, specifically an English concertina.
If you are not sure what a concertina is, a straight-to-the-point, complete overview of history, types, buying advice, makers, repairs, is here: Chris Timson's "Concertina FAQ".
• For really in-depth, go to Robert Gaskins’ beautiful ”Concertina Library” – a true reference site.
• The day-to-day business of the concertina happens at ”concertina.net” - the planet’s concertina hub.
• A vast, historic overview, a virtual museum with detailed photos of instruments, is found at Neill Wayne’s ”The Concertina Museum Collection”.
Today, basically only a handful of people build the instrument:
- Colin Dipper (no web site)
- C Wheatstone & Co
- Anthony James - hybrids
- Marcus Music - hybrids
- A C Norman - hybrids
- The Irish Concertina Company - both
- José Claro Concertinas - both. Lerma, Upper Oakpark Rd, Tralee, Co. Kerry
- Suttner Concertinas
- 7Mount Concertinas
- Frank Edgley
- Alabama: Bob Tedrow - hybrids
- Kentucky: Carroll Concertinas
- Maryland: Kensington Concertinas
- Maryland: Thomas Concertinas
- Massachusetts: The Button Box - hybrids
- Washington State: The Concertina Connection - both *)
*) The Concertina Connection even have a kit available, if you long for something to put together ;-).
- Chris Ghent
”Hybrids”, ”both” – what’s a hybrid?
All photos and illustrations ©Henrik Müller unless otherwise noted