Here's a name that has been on the folk scene since it first started. Manufacturing excellent instruments, Hohner has become one of the mainstays on the folk scene being played by most notable accordion and melodeon "folkies" - I own an old 2 row G/D melodeon myself (which I play very badly but enjoy) it is an excellent instrument and so easy to play.
Hohner Musikinstrumente GmbH & Co. KG
Marcus Music are based over in Newport, Gwent in Wales. They are makers and repairers of not only concertinas but also percussion instruments (see percussion section)
Their concertinas really are right out of the top drawer. Here's what their website says:
"We have specialised in Concertinas since the late 70's, and although the main thrust of our business has been restoration of older instruments, we have manufactured Concertinas since 1982.
With the shortages of Concertinas however, particularly Anglo's in the mid 90's, we have concentrated on producing a larger number of affordable concertinas, whilst still maintaining a full restoration facility".
Phone: +44 (0)1633 815612
The Homewood Musical Instrument Company is based over in Homewood Alabama, and just look at the sheer love and craftsmanship that has gone into each one of these masterpieces - simply stunning. Here's just the specification of his "Standard" concertina:
Standard Tedrow Anglo Concertina
Hand cut fretwork
Riveted Stainless Steel action
Stainless Steel springs
Handbuilt cut card six fold black leather bellows
Traditional Italian reeds, hand tuned and hand set
Homewood Musical Instrument Company
3027 Central Ave.
Phone: (205) 879-4868
These really are superb concertinas, little more can be said without going off into the realms of poetry. The craftsmanship and perfection of these machines is simply breaktaking. Here's a little more from the website:
"The sound of a concertina is determined ultimately by the workmanship and the materials used. Suttner Concertinas are handmade to the highest standards. All together about 1000 individual parts are manufactured and assembled. Each reed is individually made from hardened steel, mounted in a brass frame and finally tuned by hand. The reed pan is made from maple and the bellows of high quality leather. For ease of playing the most important feature is a precise action. The valve leathers and springs of a Suttner Concertina are manufactured with such meticulous accuracy that a smooth and easy action is guaranteed."