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Noel Ways

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    Hayden / Wikki Concertina
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    Massachusetts, USA

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  1. Sounds like a humidity issue to me (the seasons are changing). Don't do anything until you know that this is not the issue. Also, your Ceili is still under warrantee (I think) so you may also want to contact them, but I would rule out humidity first. Perhaps this "Concertina Care" thread might help:
  2. Celtic Sounds MIDI Module works great with musix pro. Thanks, Michael, for letting me know that it exists. I don't have an iPad, so the MIDIHayden will have to wait for the moment
  3. The MIDI controller for iPhone and iPad has and wicki/hayden option. It is a beta version, and instrument sounds are limited. Options are numerous, and there are many key layouts available. • Can play in all key signatures • Keyboard can be "moved around" for key • Press harder on key the sound will be louder. --> Many more things to explore https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/musix-pro-epic-isomorphic/id585857087#?platform=ipad
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    Concertina care

    I've attached a photo of how I attempt to tackle the winter humidity issue. I have a glass cabinet that fits my concertinas and on the second shelf, you will see a round hygrometer with which I can monitor the relative humidity. On the bottom shelf, not clearly shown, are some glass containers. When the RH gets less than 55% or so, I will fill the vessels with water. This jacks up the humidity. This works! I am also considering this winter to putting material in the cabinet that has a high MBR (Moisture Buffer Value [ 2 - 3.5 ] ). Interestingly Hempcrete Bircks have a very high MBR, they are very light and very inexpensive to buy (in Europe), or to make in the US . I have been enjoying Adrian's recent uploads. Today I noticed on "Jenny Pluck Pear" at 1:18 to his lower left a glass case that contained three concertinas. I actually enlarged the image to see if there were any signs of humidity control visible. I couldn't find any, but if not, that is the perfect type of cabinet to store concertinas in and help control environmental conditions. It is on my "to do list" to make a cabinet dedicated to concertina storage and controlling the RH, which is why his case caught my eye.
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    Sporting Paddy

    Hello, Hoping someone can help! I have looked high and low online for the music for "Sporting Paddy" (link below) and it is not there for me to find. I'm am in the time-consuming process of trying to put it together myself, but thought that by some remote chance someone might have a copy. I think "Sporting Paddy" will go well on a duet concertina. Many thanks.
  6. So light and cheerful. A lovely piece.
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    Creeping Reed Shoe

    Got it! Thank you, Alex and Dave !
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    Creeping Reed Shoe

    Hi Dave, I'm trying to visualize how you would place the paper. Are you saying to attach a thin paper using gum arabic along only one side of the reed slot, and make sure that it does not intrude on any other surface? I have never heard of the term "reed clamp" before. Thanks
  9. Don, it works great! Thanks for the tip. But it is actually a video recorder, so it records both sight and sound. My iPhone6 does have iOS 11 something.
  10. Is it possible to have a record button? I do alot of hiking and will pull out my iPhone while on the trails and fiddle with melodic ideas. Occasionally, I come up with something I really like, but by the time I get home, it is gone. It would be great to have a record botton for this. For me, you wonderful app is serving me well in this capacity. PS when I got my first iPhone a few weeks ago (given to me by my son), your app was my FIRST download !!
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    Andy Western

    Andy Western has uploaded several recordings in the last few days to SoundCloud that c.net folks might be interested in. Here is the most recent. There are several others over the last few days worth checking out: Nicely done, Andy!!
  12. Brian, I have searched and searched over the years but have come up with no hits. I will keep trying. For those of us who play the Hayden system, to have some links would be a treasure! It would also give us a point on connectedness to the one who brought this system into use. Any chance that you know of someone who could do this for you ?? Please ?!?!
  13. I have absolutely no idea, but what I do know is that IF it is lemon, you will have wasted $229, even though it looks like a great price. I would like to suggest that you extend your wait time from a few days to a few weeks. That concertina is not going anywhere. I started out by RENTING a concertina from Button Box for around $35 per month. That proved to be wise for me. Just a suggestion. https://www.buttonbox.com/ If the instrument is poor in quality, your experience may be poor, and you may give up. Having an instrument that responds and plays somewhat well, can help to propel you through the multiple learning curves that you are about to embark on.
  14. Hello, I have some reed shoes that slowly creep out of their slots resulting in a bit of rattling or buzzing. Wally Carrol has a useful video that addresses this. I will put the link below. He suggests "Veneer Tape". But before I do this I wanted to ask if anyone else has had this issue and how they addressed it to keep the shoe snug and in place. Thanks in advance
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    Grace notes in ABC - Appoggiatura and Acciaccatura

    Thank you, David!
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