My name is Alex Holden and I am a full time maker of high quality traditional concertinas. I am located in Burnley in the northwest of England.
I have a background in electronics, metalwork, woodwork and software development. I drive a classic 1963 Morris Minor Traveller that I restored and maintain myself. I have a passion for traditional craft skills and good engineering. My aim is to make my living building excellent quality musical instruments that musicians will love and cherish and that will continue to provide enjoyment generations from now.
At the time of writing (October 2019) I have restored a range of vintage instruments and done two Müller keyboard conversions, designed and built five new instruments from scratch, and am currently working on my sixth: a 38 button Jeffries-style G/D Anglo. My instruments have been very well received by players, leading to my having built up a significant waiting list. I am currently not taking on any more restoration projects, to concentrate on the backlog of new instrument orders.
This Post contains a bit more detail about my background and how I got to where I am today.