Carl F. Uhlig
Hall of Fame – 1976
Carl Friedrich Uhlig (1789–1874) was a German violin maker, who was credited with inventing the German family of concertinas from which many variations were developed such as the bandoneon, the carlsfelder concertina, and the chemnitzer concertina.
Uhlig produced his first concertina in 1834, being dissatisfied with the early accordion keyboard developed by Cyril Demian. Uhlig took the right-handed keyboard of Demian, and split it between the two hands, resulting in an instrument which had two separate keyboards producing individual notes.
Carl F. Uhlig is the grandfather of the chemnitzer concertina and the first to be inducted into the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame, Class of 1976, 143 years after its inception.