Dave Jolly has been playing free reed instruments since 1974
With difficulty finding reliable and good quality repairers of these wonderful instruments, Dave set out to learn the trade himself.
So it is that he has been repairing and restoring free reed instruments professionally since 1984 learning by experience and asking lots of questions!
From a single reed change to a full restoration we offer a professional service to all our customers from beginner, amatuer or professional musician.
All work is carried out to exacting standards and fully guaranteed and with more than 30 years experience in repairs and many more playing freereed instruments you can trust JollyBox to give your instrument the care it deserves.
New instruments can also be supplied and JollyBox has a long association with Hohner, Weltmeister, Serenellini and Mengascini. Budget instruments made in China to very good standards are also available by the marque 'Scarlatti' They produce an excellent 30 Key Anglo Chromatic Concertina in the keys of C/G for around €200 and Dave is very happy to endorse them as a great 'entry level' Concertina.
Réparations, accord, entretien sur tous types d'instruments à anche libre : accordéons chromatiques, diatoniques, bandonéon,, concertina etc..
As an avid player, collector and general fan of these fantastic 'beasts' Dave has an understanding of them on many levels. Thus he understands the customers concerns that his/her instrument will be in the best and safest of hands.
In the UK Dave has a large following of loyal and satisfied customers who are happy to recommend him to friend and family.
Both Dave and his customers are happy to still keep that association even though Dave is now based in Rennes. He travels back to the UK almost monthly and the arrangement seems to work well. Of course, Dave does realise that from time to time an instrument needs an 'instant repair' for example, a client may require the instrument that very day for a professional engagement. He apologises for that scenario if it occurs when he is not available!
All aspects of repair are possible, from changing a broken reed to a full and total restoration and Dave has more recently become far more involved in Concertinas, right from reed replacement and tuning to fitting new valves, pads, bushings, springs,even new bellows if required and the refinishing of the wooden ends.
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