hand made musical instruments

Tradition bequeathed us the idea and our experience enabled us to chisel paths to make it palpable. Wood refers to the instrument’s physical nature while sound to its destination. Yet, it’s our hands, the hands of musical instrument makers, that hold the key to its metaphysical character, the inexplicable that lies in the instrument’s soul, the object of desire of instrument making. The enchanting processes that this art entails are concluded and corroborated by you, the musicians and music players, at that magical moment which gives breath to our vision.

We would like to thank you and welcome you!


The construction and use of bouzouki constitutes a representation of the paths that tradition unfolds in the neighborhoods of the present. In such a path lies the beginning of our story in 1997, in Kapadokias street in Thessaloniki. Driven by his passion for music and craftsmanship, Alexis Rotskos opened the first workshop. As is the case with all ‘first of the kind’ things, this instrument making workshop became a kind of school, fostering continuous training and experimentation. Six years later, the talented craftsman, already an accomplished musical instrument maker, met Yiannis Tsiligiris, a young pianist, who, attracted by the smell of inspiration, decided to use his musical instinct and his European experience at the service of making traditional stringed musical instruments. That’s how Xiloihos was born.


Xiloihos has been in operation for more than twenty years. It remains focused on the ritual of selecting materials and acquiring the most advanced machinery, which is coupled with that deferential human touch that gives them meaning, attesting to the unique quality and innovative character of our work.

photo credits: Dimitris Avramidis