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Bernard Loffet
A maker of high quality melodeons based in Brittany, France. This site shows all his models but also has some really useful links to French melodeon pages and a good explanation of melodeon tablature and many good tunes in this format.

Briggs Accordions
Based in Manchester UK, Doug Briggs builds accordions for Irish style players.

Another Italian accordion factory with a range of melodeons. Rarely seen in the UK - the instruments are fairly similar to the Saltarelle range. Played by Roger Watson of Boka Halat.

(Pronounced COR-DEEN) Cairdin is the Irish word for accordion! Started in 1996, this Irish maker produces hand-made boxes designed for B/C style primarily but also make D/G models.

From Recanati in Italy, Castagnari are known for their high-quality, sweet sounding melodeons. Considered by many to be the best. Played by Andy Cutting, Tim Van Eyken, Riccardo Tesi, Sharon Shannon.

Dino Baffetti
From Castelfidaro, Italy, this accordion factory produces a nice range of loud, punchy, strongly built melodeons which are ideal for gigging ceilidhs or playing for morris dancing. Played by Simon Care of E2K, Tickled Pink and The Morris On Show.

Bertrand Gaillard
is a renowned accordion builder based near Nantes in western France.

Hohner is an international instrument manufacturer, Originally German based but now mostly located and owned in the far east. For a long time Hohner were the only melodeons available in the UK. Played by .... well everyone, but notably John Kirkpatrick, Pete Coe and Tony Hall. Pdf list of Hohner models.

Hyde Accordions
Maker Peter (Stormy) Hyde is based in Adelaide, Australia. He makes a range of boxes using Australian timbers and the designs are unique. Notably his latest design, the Flutina is a beautiful small single voice instrument which is currently being played by Sharon Shannon, other models played by Tris Glover of The Chipolatas.

Kay Albrecht
A new maker from Germany with a focus on one rows but with 21/8 and 21+5/12 accordions coming soon.

Based in Calabria (the toe bit of Italy). Completely dedicated to producing custom built Organetti - the 1.5 row 2 bass boxes as used in Calabrian/Italian traditions.

Noud Martinali
Makes customised Dutch style instruments. A very specific style of instrument, with a very profound and deep toned bass.

Small Italian accordion factory which make 2 or 3 models suitable for the UK market and many other larger instruments. They are typical Italian boxes.

Best known as a maker of stringed instruments. In the 1990s they made a number of highly regarded melodeons. From early 2017 they introduced a new range of Oakwood melodeons.

Olav Bergflödt
Norwegian builder of diatonic accordions of unrivalled quality, custom made for the uncompromising pro.

Marc Savoy
Cajun accordion builder.

Udo Schneeberg
Genuine Saxony made squeezeboxes. The Wiener (Vienna) Harmonika is a sweet but powerful little 2 row - and check out the Bandonikas and Mini Steyrishes for something different.

Marc Serafini
Very individual instruments, with beautiful casework. A variety of useful configurations such as 2.5 row models with either 19+6 or 21+4 layouts, or 3 rows with 16/18 basses.

Paolo Soprani
Although historically very popular especially for their Irish B/C instruments, the Paolo Soprani factory no longer makes instruments. The name is owned by Suoni who continue to make some branded instruments but they are not the same as the fondly remembered older instruments. Formerly played by Bob Cann.

French melodeon design and marketing company, manufactured under contract in Italy. Instruments very popular in the UK, Ireland and France. Played by - Brian Peters, Chris Parkinson, John Spiers, Tim Edey, Luke Daniels, Mairtin O'Connor.

An Italian accordion factory and at one time were the maker of Saltarelles.

How many other melodeons can you plug in headphones and practice in to the wee small hours?? Yes it's a midi melodeon. Self contained with internal speakers and battery supply. Can be transposed in to any tuning and has hundreds of sounds to choose from!!!! The website is worth a look!

Frans Van Der Aa
Dutch maker who produces beautifully finished continental style melodeons - they are generally on the larger side and sound fantastic. The bigger boxes are more suited to row-crossing than playing up and down the rows due to the weight, but he also makes a mean 1-row 4-stop full of power for the push-pull minded!

Karel Van der Leeuw
A wide variety of very distinctive Art Nouveau or Cajun styled boxes- with some extremely odd but useful note and bass layouts available.

Weltmeister instruments are made by the Harmona company in Klingenthal.

Yvus Accordions
Yves Gauber, custom made diatonic accordion maker from Moussoulens in southern France. Also does repairs and tuning.

Wesson Accordion Company
Maker of 'Clipper' one-row melodeons. - (c) Theo Gibb; Clive Williams 2010. The access and use of this website and forum featuring these terms and conditions constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions.
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