How my hobby became a profession: Bandonion and Concertina maker

August 5, 2014

My wife Riny and me in our studio

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It all started about 26 years ago when I bought my first bandonion. 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. Later on 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)

“Old” restored (Heinrich Band 1860)

and, our new production

and, our new production

Harry & Riny  Geuns – free-reed makers
Address:
Rondstraat 11
3640 Molenbeersel/Kinrooi
Belgium

VAT/TVA/BTW: BE0861975751  (reg. Geuns- Henricus) 

Phone/Fax +32(0)89704151
Email: geunsharry@telenet.be