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5 hours ago, Ethan Ham said:

 

This seems to be the maker’s concertina-focused site: http://www.concertinagk.com

 

7 hours ago, Takayuki YAGI said:

 

Thanks, Ethan and Taka - I hadn't known about this one.  Looks like the maker's name may be Kevin Garnier.  I will add him to the list.

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I just noticed that Hobgoblin lists 3 Sherwood models on their website.

https://hobgoblin.com/sherwood-black-end-30-key-c-g-anglo-concertina

https://hobgoblin.com/sherwood-metal-end-30-key-c-g-anglo-concertina

https://hobgoblin.com/sherwood-wood-end-30-key-c-g-anglo-concertina

 

However, I believe that these are different from the Sherwood that once existed. They are cheaper than the Sherwood that once existed.

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Just now, Takayuki YAGI said:

I just noticed that Hobgoblin lists 3 Sherwood models on their website.

https://hobgoblin.com/sherwood-black-end-30-key-c-g-anglo-concertina

https://hobgoblin.com/sherwood-metal-end-30-key-c-g-anglo-concertina

https://hobgoblin.com/sherwood-wood-end-30-key-c-g-anglo-concertina

 

However, I believe that these are different from the Sherwood that once existed. They are cheaper than the Sherwood that once existed.

 

It sounds like they've got three different samples from a manufacturer, and that they are only for evaluation at the moment - that's how these things are usually done...

 

There are photos of the beech wood one on the Hobgoblin Music (Brighton) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hobgoblinmusicbrighton/posts/4800691606667243

 

And there's a YouTube video of it:

 

 

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9 hours ago, Stephen Chambers said:

 

It sounds like they've got three different samples from a manufacturer, and that they are only for evaluation at the moment - that's how these things are usually done...

 

There are photos of the beech wood one on the Hobgoblin Music (Brighton) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hobgoblinmusicbrighton/posts/4800691606667243

 

And there's a YouTube video of it:

 

Thanks, Stephen!  The text description on the YouTube video confirms what you said: "One of the new concertinas we’re testing out in the shop."  I will hold off on adding these to the list until we see whether Hobgoblin winds up with more than one of each to sell.

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On 5/15/2021 at 12:38 AM, gtotani said:

Just a small update for those that may be interested.

 

Last month, I had contact with a South African concertina luthier, Gys Mans.

He told me that he had actually stopped production due to the current COVID19 pandemic. 

He says he may restart later this year when things are settled, but who knows?

 

I have been in his waiting list for two years and a half. 

 

Totani

Another update. Gys Mans of South Africa has not restarted his concertina construction yet. I hope he will be back some time.

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Thanks for the list Daniel. I had no idea there were so many makers of concertinas. From your list you were showing Hohner but I figured they had stopped making them since I had not seen any on their site. I thought some other company was making them under their name.  I was hoping it was not a chinese company making them. It sounds as though as you stated they are new made by Hohner but still on the market as excess stock.

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On 7/6/2022 at 8:58 AM, Franko48 said:

Thanks for the list Daniel. I had no idea there were so many makers of concertinas. From your list you were showing Hohner but I figured they had stopped making them since I had not seen any on their site. I thought some other company was making them under their name.  I was hoping it was not a chinese company making them. It sounds as though as you stated they are new made by Hohner but still on the market as excess stock.

 

I believe the most recent Hohner-branded concertinas were made in China.  An earlier generation were made in Italy, most likely by Bastari/Stagi.

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Accoding to this post on FB, there is (was?) another concertina builder in South Africa whose name is Dolf Opperman. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1470693809737508/posts/2385144068292473/

I could not find more information, so it may be too soon to include it in the list.

 

And in the comment to the above FB post, there is yet another South African builder named Hannes Viljoen but he appears to have passed away many years ago.

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On 9/2/2022 at 11:48 PM, Takayuki YAGI said:

Accoding to this post on FB, there is (was?) another concertina builder in South Africa whose name is Dolf Opperman. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1470693809737508/posts/2385144068292473/

I could not find more information, so it may be too soon to include it in the list.

 

And in the comment to the above FB post, there is yet another South African builder named Hannes Viljoen but he appears to have passed away many years ago.

 

Thanks.  I saw this too,  Someone wrote on that thread "Dolf Opperman was a concertina builder in South Africa but passed away" so I won't add him.  And Dan Worrall's book says Hannes Viljoen died in 2004, as you point out.

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On 10/28/2022 at 4:07 AM, alex_holden said:

A South African musician called David 'Quadasi' Jenkins appears to have recently started making 20 button Anglo 'Squashbox' instruments.

https://www.davidjenkins.co.za/

https://www.facebook.com/qadasimusic

 

Thanks, Alex - I'll try to keep an eye out for when he actually starts producing and selling them, since https://www.facebook.com/qadasimusic/posts/pfbid0FqdLqCSnUDj3XtgD9EhGBgE9WASAb6jrcEzgsjT1heCuPJdQjFR1i2yvPw3zRVd1l says "The Qadasi squashbox production line will be in full swing soon!"   FYI, he and his music partner were part of ICA's first international World Concertina Day concert: 

 

 

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