Bob Snope is the Chief Tuner/Technician at The Button Box, a full-service free-reed shop in Sunderland, Massachusetts, owned and managed by Doug Creighton. Bob oversees the repair of all concertinas and accordions that come into the shop as well as the final adjustment and tuning of all R. Morse & Co. concertinas, which have been manufactured at The Button Box since 1999. Bob was hired by Rich Morse, who founded the store and designed the concertinas that bear his name, in 1991. Since then, he has been involved in every stage of the production of the R. Morse “Ceili” Anglo, “Albion” English, and “Beaumont” duet concertina models.
This was my first time to attend the Retreat. I was highly impressed with how well run it was, how well organized it was and how friendly and helpful everyone was. I have attended other Irish music schools in Milwaukee and Elkins, West Virginia and the O'Flaherty's Retreat was "top notch" from start to finish.