Thanks, Paul, Jimmy, Greg, Don, for the very useful ideas and suggestions.
Yes, I have my old Stagi tenor to convert, or even my Lachenal treble.
If at all possible I'd also like to put the synthesizer and battery inside the thing, to make it portable for kids, anyone.
Paul, re. the a good button/switch array I'm hoping to use 3D printing of as much as possible of the whole concertina. I've taught myself to use Sketchup (see example of button design I did).
Imagine if we trial-and-error ended up with a design that
- sounded really excellent
- anyone could cheaply either get printed by an online 3D printing shop, or at their local library's 3D printer (our library as several) and order off-the-shelf electronics to screw into the ready made holes. =)
- could fairly easily be experimentally modified/evolved by anyone in Sketchup and created overnight to try in the morning.
- was so cheap, a teacher or folk club could print ten and teach a classfull of learners!
For the sample sounds, I was wondering if I could simply record sounds from my Lachenal treble, enhance them with a mixer, save as MIDI files somehow, and use that. Anyone know?
And I totally agree about the joy of playing other instruments using the concertina interface. But I most of all want a good quality concertina sound, and if possible, make it all cheaply available to everyone in the world who'd like it.
I'm trying to contact Roy Whiteley, but the phone number on his website fails when I call, and I haven't had a response to an email I sent.
Are any of you able to contact him? The phone number on his website is (44) 07519064196.
It thrills me to see already made MIDI concertinas, and to know the electronics are not expensive.
I'm sobered by the task - not sure I could do it. 'Might see what it would cost to get Roy to do it if he can.
Freight to/from New Zealand, plus customs on entry here can be expensive, 'dunno if I'd have to pay hundreds of dollars GST.
'Grateful for any help contacing Roy Whiteley.
Edited by Bruce Thomson, 05 April 2016 - 07:25 AM.