Walter Kadlubowski, Jr.
Hall of Fame – 1994
Walter Kadlubowski Jr., of Chicago, Illinois was an apprentice concertina maker when his father died in 1937. He continued working with his father’s partners until acquiring all interests in the Star Concertina Company in 1963. Their factory was located at 2351 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago at that time.
In 1964, Walter Jr. teamed up with expert tuner, Geraldo Carbonari, and developed a very fine-looking and sounding instrument. They built over 1,000 concertinas.
In 1966, Star celebrated its 40th anniversary. In 1974, Star Concertina was sold to Pompilio Rosciana and Umberto Carroci. Walter later went on to manufacture concertinas again under the Eagle brand.