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Noel Ways

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  1. This brings back such bad memories of when I had my Peacock.  Humidity. I bet if you put the concertina in a controlled environment, the concertina will correct itself without any invasive assistance.


    Do you have a dehumidifier?


    My current concertinas are much less sensitive to drastic changes in environmental conditions. Still, nevertheless, when the humid summer months come upon us, my "tinas" do a yearly migration to an area in the home where these issues are controlled. Admittedly, it is a little inconvenient, but it works.


  2. A little more background …


    When I first started exploring the Hayden system over a decade ago, I, too (like Stephen / Robert mentions above), thought the F# was an error on the key layout diagram.  The word “Typo” came to mind back then.  I thought that the diagram would surely change in time, but like others also observed, it did not (and I did check).  Fast forward to the present, and I have now become a “steward” of one of these bastari instruments (as of a few months ago).  I had forgotten the above layout issue -  until I began to play in a few keys anticipating that lower Eb.  Ouch!!


    Since then, I have been considering having the note changed from F# à to Eb, but before moving in that direction, I sought concertina.net’s input – which you have provided. Thanks again; this has been most helpful.  I am leaning strongly to move in that direction.  

  3. I love this instrument.


    Many years ago, before I took up the concertina, I endeavored to build a small pipe organ, and in the process made about 20-30 pipes.  Eventually, the project was abandoned, but not because of it's doability.  Now the smaller pipes have been made into Christmas ornaments and the larger ones may someday become bases for lamps.


    But with this said, I have often wondered if this was possible, but usually push it out of mind as a  silly "pipe-dream".


    I would really like to hear this play, if possible.


    Great innovation.  congratulations!!


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