How my hobby became a
Bandonion and Concertina maker.
My wife Riny and me in our
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Bandonion 142 tone Concertinas Bandonion History&Collection C-system hybrid bandonion prof.
Foot bass Links Repairs C-system bandonion basic Student bandonion Soft bags
It all started about
ago when I bought my first
It looked very bad, and I tried to
bring it back into playing condition.
After some time I succeeded ,
and I wanted to learn to play it.
My interest in the bandonion
technique grew and soon a
second opportunity to purchase another one presented itself.
This one also was in need of repair.
Repairing became a self-learning process.
Soon I started to produce new parts myself. Because no information on bandonion repair was available at that time, I was forced to learn as I went on.
By examining the instruments for production marks, and dissembling parts of old bandonions I extracted a lot of information.
Lateron I produced bellows, actions, buttons etc.. In 1987 I produced my first completely new bandonion, on which I still play every day.
With every bandonion I built, my skills increased.
Disciplines involved in producing a bandonion are metal/woodworking, tuning, French polishing, etc..
Since about 3 years now also my wife Riny has joined in , making bandonion bellows and also producing many of the endless number of parts needed for constructing our bandonions and concertina's.
" Old" restored (Heinrich Band 1860) and, our new production
& Riny Geuns - free-reed makers
last update 4th January -2013