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About Nighthawk

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    I play a Crane Duet.
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    Northern California

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  1. Nighthawk

    Hayden duet that favors flat keys?

    inventor had wondered about the interior of the Stagi Hayden and I'm happy to help. Here's what mine looks like.
  2. As far as valuation, I have a Lachenal Crane duet of similar vintage, number 3032. When it was in the old pitch and in need of other refurbishment, it sold for 375 pounds on ebay in 2013. After restoration and retuning, I purchased it for 712 pounds in 2014. Yours has metal instead of bone buttons, the original strap, and less wear, so it's a bit nicer than mine.
  3. Nighthawk

    New Solo Album: Hayden + Voice

    Steven, thanks for the album, I've really enjoyed it. I like Evergreen too, but Bones is definitely my favorite. And also thank you for the sheet music. I'm slowing learning Hayden duet so this is very nice to have to work with.
  4. Nighthawk

    Duet Baffle

    When I experimented with this, I got some goat skin on ebay. It was a cheap piece because it had some flaws in it, but there was a concertina sized area that was nice. Of course I could have gotten fleeced, I don't know enough about leather to distinguish goat skin from anything except cow hide. But it seemed to do the job.
  5. Nighthawk

    Wltb - Duet

    I have a 46 button Maccann duet by Lachenal that I'm not using, and I do need some cash. It's in good, ready-to-play shape. Modern concert pitch, steel reeds, pretty exterior, and a good condition bellows. If you're interested, let me know and I'll take some pictures for you.
  6. Nighthawk

    'music Machine' - Windows 10

    I use Foxit Reader. The executable of the version I have, on Windows 7, is 35MB.
  7. Nighthawk

    Concertina Sighting

    Children's Fairyland? Yep.
  8. I found this with my son at a park in Oakland, CA. For additional free reed goodness, there was an accordion playing clown performance. After some googling, I found out this was Jim Murdoch, a rather interesting fellow (http://jimmurdoch.org/bio.php).
  9. Nighthawk

    Concertina.net Site Security

    It's not the forum software itself. The web server that the forum software is running on has to be configured to use SSL. This requires a certificate from a certificate authority, which costs money every year. The result is that data being transmitted from your computer to this website is not end-to-end encrypted. So someone snooping the line or the wi-fi might be able to see everything you type, including your password. It's also easy for someone to spoof the site and pretend to be concertina.net. As Don said, use a unique password for this site.
  10. Nighthawk

    Wheatstone Ledger Designations

    No, I know it's not mahogany. I recently acquired a concertina with that notation, and it's metal-ended. It also has what appears to be aluminum or duralumin reed shoes, although I see from other examples that those are noted in the ledger as such. The only thing I could think of was magnesium, but I've never heard of that being used so I'm guessing that's as absurd as it sounds. Dural is made with a small amount of magnesium, could it be a special alloy with higher magnesium? All I can say for sure is that after handling only concertinas with brass reed shoes, it was surprisingly lightweight.
  11. Nighthawk

    Wheatstone Ledger Designations

    Does anyone know what the ledger notation "Mag" stands for? It seems to occur on the larger instruments Here are some examples: 30479 (Mag Octo 60 keys) http://www.horniman.info/DKNSARC/SD02/PAGES/D2P0300S.HTM 30689 (Mag Octo 9 1/2 75 keys) 30697 (Mag Octo 9 1/2 70 keys) http://www.horniman.info/DKNSARC/SD02/PAGES/D2P0380S.HTM 30736 (Crane Octo Mag 70 keys 9 1/2) http://www.horniman.info/DKNSARC/SD02/PAGES/D2P0400L.HTM
  12. Nighthawk

    Looking For Music For The 34 Hayden Duet?

    I'm not sure if it's the kind of sea shanties that you're looking for, but I recently ran across two books of Newfoundland songs: "All Around the Circle" and "We'll Rant And We'll Roar". The publisher's website has a sample song from each book you can try for free: http://www.avondalemusic.com/tilthillsongbook2.html
  13. Nighthawk

    Concertina Tracker

    You could do something like the lo-jack approach using bluetooth. You run an app on your phone and via an inertia sensor in the instrument get a notification (as loud or as subtle as you desire) when the instrument is moved.
  14. Nighthawk

    Hayden Duet Help Getting Started

    Brian Hayden wrote a duet tutor, you can find it here: http://www.concertina.com/hayden-duet/Hayden-All-Systems-Duet-Workshop-Tutor.pdf There's a section on the button layout for the popular types of duets including Hayden and then some practice tunes that gradually increase in difficulty.
  15. Nighthawk

    Wanted: Small Crane Duet

    Matthew, still can't message you and I don't see a button to mail you directly. You can mail me at XXXXX.