Cittern/bouzouki makers in Europe.


(Countries are now alphabetically ordered)


Belgium


Hugo Valcke
Guitars, banjos, slide guitars/resophonics, mandolins, citterns & bouzoukis, dulcimers.

Hugo Valcke
Handmade Stringed Instruments
Nieuwstraat 14A
8581 Waarmaarde
Belgium
Phone/fax: (+32/0) 55 305555
E-mail: info@hugovalcke.be
Homepage: www.hugovalcke.be


England


Stefan Sobell
mandolins, citterns, bouzoukis, guitars
high quality materials and workmanship,
archtop instruments, with round soundhole (NOT f-hole)

Stefan Sobell,
The Old School,
Whitley Chapel, Hexham,
Northumberland NE47 0HB
England

Phone: (01434) 673567 or 637338
E-mail: stefan@sobellguitars.com
Homepage: http://www.sobellguitars.com//


Andy Manson
all sorts of stringed acoustic and electric instruments.
also builds to customer specifications.

Andy Manson
The Ark
18 High Street
Crediton
Devon
EX17 3AH
England

Tel/fax: +44 (0) 1363 773119
E-mail: andy@andymanson.fsnet.co.uk
Homepage: http://www.andymanson.co.uk/


Peter Abnett,
guitars, bouzoukis, banjos, mandolins and almost any other stringed instrument.
PETER ABNETT IS NOW RETIRED AND NO LONGER MAKING INSTRUMENTS.
You can still see pictures of the Abnett bouzouki that I once owned here.


Bruce Cook
Peter Anderson reports:

"The maker of my bouzouki wasn't in the makers section, so I thought I'd send you his contact info. I'm not sure if he's still making instruments, or whether he's mostly a bouzouki maker, since I haven't tried to get in touch with him yet.
I bought the instrument secondhand at MacNeill's in Dublin. It's an 4-course Irish bouzouki, 24 frets. It uses ball-end strings, with the bridge set up a bit like a steel-string accoustic guitar. I'm not sure about the materials, I should have asked when I got a new saddle made for it at HMT... It has a very nice sound, though. The soundbox is like that of a typical bouzouki except that there are two small indentations, one on each side of the bottom end. These are kind of nifty since they fit into the leg and elbow when playing sitting down, and keep the instrument steady."
Bruce Cook
2 Rock Cottages
Treales
Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire. PR4 3SR


Paul Hathway,
bouzoukis, mandolins, guitars, lutes

Paul Hathway,
47 Langley Drive,
Wanstead,
London E11 2LN
England

Phone: (020) 8530 4317
Fax:   (020) 8925 9879
E-mail: p.hathway@ntlworld.com
Homepage: http://www.paulhathway.com/


John LeVoi,
guitars (including Selmer-style acoustics), mandolin-family instruments

John LeVoi,
West Street,
Alford,
Lincolnshire,
LN13 9EZ,
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 1 507 463341
E-mail: john@johnlevoiguitars.co.uk
Homepage: http://www.johnlevoiguitars.co.uk


Fylde
bouzoukis, citterns, guitars, mandolins.
Made at a small factory, but good workmanship. All instruments feature a dark cedar top, and (except for the guitars) a distinctive teardrop-shaped body.
Their usual bouzouki model (called the "Octavius") features a guitar-like pin-bridge, and is set up with octave strings. Their mandolins and mandolas feature the more common bridge & tailpiece setup.
Fylde also offers two carved-top, bridge & tailpiece type bouzoukis, one shorter (596mm) and one long (668mm) scale, with a more rounded body and a round soundhole, and a cittern in the same style.
As a major addition to their product line Fylde now offer a range of what they call "High Specification Models", which includes fancier versions of most of their mandolin-family instruments.
(also available through Hobgoblin Music)

Fylde Guitars
Hartness Rd.
Gilwilly Industrial Estate,
Penrith, Cumbria,
CA11 9BN, UK

Phone: xx44-1768-891515
Fax: xx44-1768-868998
E-mail: RogerBucknall@fyldeguitars.com
Homepage: http://www.fyldeguitars.com/

Oakwood,
bouzoukis, mandolins, guitars, citterns,
various models available, both flattop and archtop. Also banjos, harps, hammer dulcimers.

Oakwood Instruments,
8 Ladywood Road,
Leeds LS8 2QF
England

Phone: (0113) 2658585
E-mail: workshop@oakwoodinstruments.co.uk
Homepage: http://www.oakwoodinstruments.co.uk/


Andy Tobin - Tobin Instruments,
handmade bouzoukis, blarges, citterns, mandolas, mandolins, guitars.

Andy Tobin,
Spindleberry Cottage,
Church Lane,
Compton Bishop,
Axbridge Somerset,
BS26 2HB
England

Tel: +44 (0)1934 733197
E-mail: info@tobininstruments.co.uk
Homepage: www.tobininstruments.co.uk


Phil Davidson,
makes carved-top mandolins, mandolas, bouzoukis in a style reminiscent of Gibson's "A" style instruments.
(also available through Hobgoblin Music)

Phil Davidson
Bury Hill Farm
High St, Wick, Bristol
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 0 117 937 4920


Neil Brook
bouzoukis, citterns, octave mandolas, mandolins, hurdy-gurdy's.
Also double-neck instruments that combine f.e. bouzouki and mandolin in one instruments.

Neil W. Brook.
1. Shire Bank Crescent.
Fulwood, Preston. PR2 9QE.
Lancashire. England.

Phone: (0)1772 774650
E-mail: hurdy.gurdy@virgin.net
Homepage: freespace.virgin.net/hurdy.gurdy/


Kai Toenjes

From his website:

Kai Toenjes has been making musical instruments for the past ten years. After a thorough training first in Germany, then Scotland and London, he has set up his workshop in Sittingbourne. He is concentrating on making Irish bouzoukis and violins and their relatives (mandolins, citterns, violas, viola d´amores). Each instrument is individually made by hand to a high standard of craftsmanship.
Kai Toenjes
46 Grange Rd
Ramsgate
Kent CT11 9LP
UK

Tel./Fax : (0044) 01795 42 33 99

E-mail: mail@kai-toenjes.de
Homepage: www.kai-toenjes.de


George Stevens

From his website:

Although I make primarily early instruments these days, I have also made members of the mandolin family. Bouzouki is my favoured instrument for personal recreation ----- I've had one for about 10 or 12 years. Check out my site,you won't be disappointed."
George Stevens
11 Ness Road
Lydd
Romney Marsh
Kent TN29 9DR
UK

Tel : (+44) 01797 320152

E-mail: George.Stevens@btopenworld.com
Homepage: www.btinternet.com/~george.stevens


Nigel Forster

Formerly an apprentice to Stefan Sobell, since 2003 he has his own workshop where he builds mainly guitars, but also mandolins and bouzoukis/citterns.

Nigel Forster
NKForster Guitars

Tel : (+44/0) 191 222 0447

E-mail: [No e-mail address given - use the web-based mail form in his homepage].
Homepage: www.nkforsterguitars.com


France


Daniel Lafontaine
violins, cellos, bouzoukis, dulcimers, psalteries, bodhrans.

Daniel Lafontaine
192 Rue de Belgique
56100 Lorient
France

Tel./Fax: 33 2 97 83 04 07
E-mail: Daniel.Lafontaine@wanadoo.fr
Homepage: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/lutherie (Warning: it's in French !)


Marc Boluda
8 & 10 string bouzoukis, acoustic & electric guitars.

Marc Boluda
686, Chemin De La Grande Bastide
84800 L'Isle-Sur-Sorgue
France
Phone/fax: 04 90 20 64 86

E-mail: marc.boluda@wanadoo.fr


Philippe Joanes
Mandolas, bouzoukis, guitars, violins, violas

Philippe Joannes
4, Rue du Moulinot
88300 Neufchateau
France
Tel : 03 29 06 04 05


Philippe Moneret
makes bouzoukis, citterns, mandolins, jazz guitars, folk guitars.

Atelier GEROME
Philippe MONERET
12, quai Lebreuil
88500 MIRECOURT
Tel : 03 29 37 11 85


Germany


Heiner Dreizehnter

I'm living in the south of Germany and I'm building Irish-Bouzoukis since six years. Wellknown musicians in the german scene like Manfred Noll, Jens Schneider (Flap), Barbara Steinort (More Maids), Kerstin Blodig (Touchwood) are already playing my instruments. I'm also building guitars and other stringed instruments.
Heiner Dreizehnter
Herbrazhofen 25
88299 Leutkirch
Germany

Phone: 07561/71980
Fax: 07561/913513

E-mail: mail@irish-bouzouki.com
Homepage: www.irish-bouzouki.com


Andreas "Pendennis" Koepke

I am specialized in building: Irish Bouzoukis, Guitar-Bouzoukis, Mandolins, Tenor-Guitars, Bariton-Guitars, Ukuleles, Low Whistles and Guitars.
Andreas Koepke
"Pendennis handmade folk instruments"
Augustental 38
24232 Schoenkirchen
Germany

Phone: +49 (0)4348 8385

E-mail: pendennis1@yahoo.de
Homepage: www.bouzouki.de


Stevens Custom Guitars

Main activity of the company is the development and construction of musical instruments, such as steel string guitars, jazz guitars, Irish bouzoukis, acoustic basses and custom instruments.

Stevens Custom Guitars
(Werner Kozlik, Stefan Zirnbauer)
Mühldorfstr. 8, Aufgang 5,
81671 München,
Germany

Tel./Fax: 0049 (0) 89 49 000 785.

E-mail: [No e-mail address given - there's a web-based mail form
in their homepages].
Homepage: www.guitars.de


Holland


Hans de Louter,
violins & violas, guitars, mandolins, citterns, bouzoukis
Built a lot of Maccaferri-style (gypsy-jazz) guitars, and some archtop guitars, including a Gibson Style "O" copy. Up to now he has produced one cittern and 6 bouzoukis, of which I own the first flat-top and the first carved-top.

Hans de Louter,
Arnhemseweg 139,
7331 BG  Apeldoorn,
The Netherlands

Phone: (055) 5342931

E-mail: atelier@hansdelouter.nl
Homepage: http://www.hansdelouter.nl/


Ireland


Joe Foley,
bouzoukis, citterns, mandolas, mandolins and guitars.

Joe Foley,
4 Braemor Road,
Churchtown,
Dublin 14, Ireland

Telephone : (+353/0)1 298 2537


Paul Doyle,
guitars, mandolins, bouzoukis, harps,
violins, bodhrans, hurdy-gurdies
Electric versions of most instruments available. Repairs to all instruments.

Paul Doyle,
Musical Instrument Maker,
38A Dominic Street,
Galway, Ireland

Phone: (091) 566948


Andrew Robinson & Antony O'Brien,
bouzoukis

[According to recent information they are out of business !]

Donal Lunny owns one of his instruments, also the lady who plays the bouzouki with German band "Limerick Junction" uses a 10-string made by him.

35 Marlborough Rd.
Donnybrook,
Dublin 4, Ireland.
Phone: +353-(0)1-2698618


Martin Faherty
guitars, bouzoukis, violins, violas, mandolins, mandolas, cellos.
Martin holds a diploma from Cork School of Music and has been building bouzoukis, violins, cellos, mandolins and guitars since 1978.

Martin Faherty,
Clearach, Lissarda,
Co. Cork, Ireland

Phone: (+353/0) 857640179


Tony Ryan
guitars, bouzoukis, mandolins, mandolas.
Though only a part-time instrument builder (he also has a busy music shop), the instruments he makes are of good quality and he sells at fair prices. Worth checking out if you're ever in Cork.

Tony Ryan/Leeside Music
20 MacCurtain Street (opposite The Living Tradition)
Cork City,
Co. Cork, Ireland

Phone: (21) 503553


Frank Tate,
Custom made Bouzoukis Mandolins Mandolas Citterns Banjos Guitars (steel and nylon string). Also restoration of all stringed instruments.

Frank Tate
40 North Great Georges St.
Dublin 1
Ireland

Phone: + 353 (0)86 3555700
E-mail: franktate@dublin.com
Homepage: www.franktateinstruments.com


Italy


Valerio Gorla,
handmade mandolins, mandolas, bouzoukis, citterns.
I recently had a chance to try out a bouzouki made by this Italian maker, which was bought from him by a Belgian musician at the festival in St. Chartier, France.
I must say I rather liked it, especially when I heard the price the owner paid for the instrument. It was a well-built and good-looking instrument, with a fairly large body and a wide neck. As it was set up with rather light strings, the instrument's volume was not optimal, but even so, it held itself well in the session where I tried it. To my opinion, this builder deserved to become better-known.

Valerio Gorla
Via Monte Grappa, 53
20024 Garbagnate Milan
Italia

Phone: 02-9956710
E-mail: vagorla@tin.it


Norway


Harald Hougaard
Harald makes bodhrans, but also guitars, bouzoukis, mandolins, banjos and harps. He also sells sitars, which he imports from India.

Harald Hougaard
Strandpromenaden 154-02
1516 Moss, Norway

Phone: (+44/0) +47 95227097
E-mail: haraldhougaard@hotmail.com
Homepage: http://www.bodhran.no/


Scotland


Jimmy Moon - Moon Guitars
Guitar and fretted instrument manufactureres and repairers.
Guitars, bouzoukis, citterns, mandolins.
Jimmy also plays double bass with the Glasgow-based bluegrass band The Moonshiners".

Moon Guitars - Guitar Workshop
974 Pollokshaws Road,
Glasgow G41 2HA,
Scotland

Phone: (+44/0) 141 632 9526
Fax: (+44/0) 141 632 9526
E-mail: moon@moonguitars.co.uk
Homepage: http://www.moonguitars.co.uk/


David Freshwater
bouzoukis, citterns, octave mandolas, mandolins.

Freshwater instruments have been hand-built in the Highlands of Scotland for
12 years by the Freshwater family.  The range comprises of 15 stringed
instruments, personalised to customers wishes.

Our range of instruments can be seen on our new website at: www.frettedfolkinstruments.com
Fretted Folk Instruments,
Stroma,
Croyard Road,
Beauly,
Inverness-shire,
IV4 7EX
Scotland.

Phone:  (+44/0) 1463 782 459
Fax:  (+44/0) 1463 783 573
E-Mail: generalenquiries@frettedfolkinstruments.com
Homepage: www.frettedfolkinstruments.com


Bill Kelday
is the man who made the cittern for Aaron Jones of Craobh Rua. He also made a guitar and a baritone guitar for Scottish guitarist Tony McManus.

William C. Kelday
The Guitar Workshop,
Unit 3, Aldessan House,
The Clachan, Campsie Glen,
Glasgow G65 7AB

Phone: 01360 311141
E-mail: BILLGUITMK@aol.com
Homepage: http://pages.zoom.co.uk/kelday/


M.J. Vanden - Instrument Maker
Specialises in building custom archtop mandolins and guitars. Offering F5 mandolin, f hole mandolin, 'A' mandolin. Sound and quality are second to none. All styles available as mandolin, mandola, octave mandola, and mando-cello.

M.J. Vanden
The Old School House,
Strontian,
Acheracle,
Argyll PH36 4JA,
Scotland

Phone: 0967 2114


Charles Fotheringham
Quote from his web pages:

"I design and build fretted acoustic instruments, mainly to order. Customers often commission an instrument with a neck designed to closely imitate another instrument that they are comfortable with! I use a range of traditional skills, and where appropriate, very modern techniques, to produce unique instruments of outstanding tonal qualities and playability."
C.A. Fotheringham
Falkirk
Scotland

Phone: (+44/0) 1324 635512
E-mail: charlie@fotheringhams.co.uk/
Homepage: http://www.fotheringhams.co.uk/


Thomas Buchanan
bouzoukis, octave mandolas, mandolins.

Thomas Buchanan is a luthier working in the highlands of Scotland. Over the past 7 years he has been based in Inverness building individually crafted instruments including harps, dulcimers, acoustic guitars and hurdy gurdys for musicians including Phil Cunningham and Brendan O'Regan. The success of these soon brought further orders for folk instruments, prompting him to produce a range of custom designs from the mandolin family. Made from solid timber throughout, selected spruce and cedar for tops, and backs and ribs from maple, cherry and sisoo, these instruments are made with the Celtic musician firmly in mind.
Thomas Buchanan,
Inverness,
Scotland.

Phone:  (+44/0)
Fax:  (+44/0)
E-Mail: tbluthier@aol.com
Homepage: http://www.folkmandolin.co.uk/


Thornton Caldwell
Quote from website:

I build, Mandolin, Mandola, Mandocello, Bouzouki, Fiddle, Clarsach, and all types of Guitar.

I strive to produce results which can be considered a fusion of two artistic fields, the audio and the visual, “Acoustic Art”.
Thornton Caldwell
23 Chestnut Grove
Bo'ness
West Lothian
EH51 0PJ

Tel: (+44/0) 1506 823102
E-Mail: tcluthier@yahoo.co.uk
Homepage: www.thesitefactory.co.uk/thorntoncaldwell/home.html


Sweden


Ola Soderstrom / OS Instruments
bouzoukis, mandolins, mandolas made in Sweden.
His instruments are played by well-known musicians such as Ale Moller and Roger Tallroth (of Vasen).

Ola Soderstrom / OS Instruments
Gamla Apoteket
Vasbyvagen 36
194 36 Upplands Vasby
Sweden

Phone: 08-590 317 47
E-mail: ola.soderstrom@mbox301.swipnet.se
Homepage: http://home.swipnet.se/gamla-apoteket/oseng.html (Now in English !)


Adin & Ekvall
Classical & steel string guitars, mandolins, bouzoukis, mandola
"Helge Ekvall and Christer Adin build premium, handmade instruments for discerning customers all over the world."

Adin & Ekvall Luthiers
Rorvik Pl: 6070
457 95 Grebbestad
Sweden
Tel/Fax: 46-525-143 80

E-mail: helge.ekvall@abc.se
Homepage: http://www.luthiers.nu/


Mats Nordwall

Mats Nordwall has focused on building steel string guitars and traditional
folk instruments such as mandolins, mandolas and bouzoukis.

Inspired by Irish, American and Swedish folk music, he tries to build his
instruments so that they work especially well with these types of music.
The instruments has to be easy driven and with a clear tone but still with a
legible tonal core, along with the highest quality aesthetically and in
playability. Everything to satisfy the high demands that each musician put
on their instrument.
Mats Nordwall Instrumentbyggare
Drottningholm, Stockholm
Sweden
Phone: +46 (0)73-932 2427

E-mail: info@nordwallinstrument.com
Homepage: http://www.nordwallinstrument.com/


Switzerland


Jon Piquet
guitars, mandolins, bouzoukis.

Jon A. Piquet Instrumentenbau
Kreuzstrasse 3
CH-8610 USTER
Switzerland (Schweiz)
Telefon ++ (0)1 942 02 00
Fax ++ (0)1 941 83 00

E-mail: jonpiguet@bluewin.ch
Homepage: http://www.piguetguitars.com/ (in German/English)


Tyko Runesson

I am a Swedish instrument builder wich am now living and working in Switzerland.
I build all kind of stringed instrument such as guitar, mandolin, bouzuki,
tenorguitar, octavmandola and more. My creations are truly unique handbuilt
instrument and I like to build on custom orders.
Runesson Handmade Acoustic Guitars
Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0) 52 534 37 56

E-mail: info@runessonguitars.com

Homepage: http://www.runessonguitars.com/<
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