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  1. I lived in Scotland for over 30 years, and Radio Scotland always broadcast a 'Gaelic Service' on Sunday morning. The singing style was completely unfamiliar to me - starting out sounding fairly chaotic as folks joined in, apparently at random, but then blending together as the whole congregation got up to speed; the sound was amazing...
  2. I only just saw this - I agree 101%. I would only change one phrase: "quite effective" would become "astonishingly effective" in my version...
  3. Good news. Thank you. Clearly, I need to look at this whole area in more detail than I have done in the past. Thanks again!
  4. Thanks. That's extremely helpful! The only one of the applications you mention which I use is DropBox. I may well try the approach you suggest. I do have Java-something-or-other installed on one of my machines (it comes automatically with some of the programs I use from portableapps.com, I think).[1] Thanks! ________ [1] So far though, I've been able to do (more or less) what I want using other languages which don't require any hidden infrastructure when I move the (executable) to another machine. This is more attractive to me.
  5. That's fascinating, and answers in some detail a question I've been asking myself for 4- 5years now. Thanks! Unfortunately, it ain't going to be me that tries it: 1) too long in the tooth to learn so much new stuff (the whole boilin, starting with JS...) 2) too much to do, not enough time to do it... 3) if it were to happen, my first choice would be the web-based utility I use for setting up Japanese Chess situations - not very interesting for folks here... 4) miscellaneous other weasel-worded excuses for not getting my *rse in gear... Seriously though, that is really really interesting. It will be nice to see it actually happen, but it really would need someone with more technical knowledge in this area than myself - I can't even spell javerskript... I do have a question: Does the process you outline result in a 'free-standing' executable, or does the machine on which the program would be run have to have Java installed in some form (I couldn't quite work that out from what you said in your post)? Thanks.
  6. [1] Yes, you mention, or hint at, most of the reasons for liking (or not liking) web-based applications. Which side of the fence one sits is a personal choice, I guess - my background means I'm a 'run stuff at home' man. I wasn't aware that some web-based programs can be ported to stand-alone status on a 'home' machine. I'll keep an eye on that... One of the main barriers to doing this is the reluctance of manufacturers to allow their customers to run what software they like on the machines they have bought. My current workhorse machine has only been connected to the internet for 5 minutes when I bought it (6-7 months ago). This was only to turnoff 'secure' mode, so that I could run the software I wanted to, not what Microsoft thought was good for me. Result - completely trouble free usage since Day 1. [2] I'd have to learn lots of new stuff to write web=based programs... I tried Python - no thank you. I thought about Java(Script), but a friend sent me the following, and I decided not to bother...
  7. Happens to me every time I pick up my 'regular' instrument. Must try harder...☚ī¸
  8. Yup! There seem to be relatively few differences between different forms of the 'standard' layouts. Once you factor out the differences between 30- and 40- button instruments, the differences between my Bb/F and your Bb/F are slight. Interesting that my instrument seems to be a bit of a 'sport' - I hadn't clocked that. I have some provenance for the instrument, (it's a 'semi-miniature' ~110-120 years old), but I have nothing which tells me why it's 'different'. These differences seem to be uncontroversial - if I remember correctly, Mick Bramich's tutor books include a blank layout chart so that the eager student can fill in the layout for their own particular instrument - useful, I think?
  9. It's making me a little dizzy too, but at the same time, I can see enough similarities that I wouldn't be put off acquiring a 40-button. I'm going to stick my neck out and say I think the differences might be due to: 1) differences one might get between different makers 30-button layouts, tempered with individual preference; 2) a different 'standard' layout for 40-button instruments? Anyone who knows more about 40-button layouts than me (ie: everyone!) care to comment? I tried the updated version in the club last night, and it's looking better and better! 'Twas a bit slow, but that was due entirely to the lousy internet connection in the boozer. Please keep up the good work! This prompts me to ask a possibly controversial general question. Background first: Luke's web-based program has a distinct advantage over other web-based concertina-related programs I've tried - it works, and it works well! I've had a bad experience with two other concertina-related web-based programs I've tried - basically, they didn't work. One didn't do anything like everything which was 'necessary'; the other got so many things wrong that the documentation was largely about how to fix the errors in the output, after running the program. So I wrote my own stand-alone programs to do the job(s). They run on my computer, and I don't need the internet (which is the way I like it, on the grounds of being 'independent'). So (at last!), my question is: What's the advantage of having programs running in inter-galactic space if you can do the job without going off-planet? I think I know the answer, but I'd like to see what 'the body o' the kirk' thinks... Meantime, thanks Luke, you are doing a great job! Thinks: Somewhere I have an ex-Salvation Army 26-button Ab/Eb. How're you fixed for adding another layout(*)...😎 ______ (*) Just joking! For one thing, it ain't tuned to A=440Hz...
  10. Heh! I agree. I wasn't allowed to operate like that before I retired, but now, I have the choice - and am exercising that choice. The real b*s*a*d is that the code sits in two programs. In one program it gets the line number right, in t'other program, it's off by one. What fun... I hope that Bb/F layout is OK...
  11. I may be OT here, but goodie! That means I can fix the off-by-one line number in my ABC error detection program by simply adding 1 to the line number - even if I can't see why the error occurs in the first place...
  12. OK, leave it with me. Somewhere, I have a layout chart for my Bb/F Lachenal. I will dig it out. Warning: It may have the push/pull semi-circles reversed when compared to your diagram (hysterical reasons - don't ask...). Edit: I struck lucky and found it straight away! The first diagram was created using Dr McCann's keyboard design program, the second I created within a document I used when I first started ~5-6 years ago...
  13. That's extremely neat and well laid out! Nice! Suggestions: 1) Bb/F layout? 2) Work it in reverse - tapping a concertina button highlights the relevant piano key? I dunno if that would be helpful - seems to me it might be... 3) Add sound when you hit a note? Again, would that be useful?
  14. [1] My mistake! Thank you for pointing it out. I had mis-remembered (and not checked) that 'September Song' was from Mahagonny [2] Ah, pity! I was wondering if the 'life + 70' rule might have kicked in here. I now see that idea wouldn't fly in any case as Anderson died only in 1959... Nice recording...
  15. Thank you! Kurt Weill is one of my all-time favourite composers, and for me, the Weill/Brecht partnership is one of the 'killer' associations in 20th century music. I must dig out my 30-40 year old vinyl and give it all a play... Is the music out of copyright does anyone know? Are there dots/ABC available anywhere? A quick search reveals nothing...
  16. Thanks! That matches the only other comment I could find (April 2020?), but what puzzled me was that that was the only comment I could find about this particular model - there's usually at least 3-4 opinions expressed somewhere here. Whatever, I passed the opinion on to the questioner, and he seems happy with that, so I'm happy. Thanks again. Happy Xmas! đŸĻŒđŸĻŒđŸĻŒđŸĻŒđŸĻŒđŸĻŒđŸ›ˇ (reindeer, but no Santa - curses!)
  17. About 2 (maybe 3?) years ago, I had a Jackie on loan for 6 weeks or so. I seem to remember it was larger than 'standard' - I think it was 7 1/4" ax the flats - which may, or may not, be relevant in view of the comment above... You seem to have time to spare? Maybe it's worth while spending that few months looking for a good 2nd-hand instrument?
  18. Anyone here have any thoughts about, or experience with the 'Tina' from The Irish Concertina Company? Most of their range look to be good quality hybrids, but I'm a bit curious about the 'entry-level' 'Tina'. Thank you.
  19. [1] Aye, I suspected that you might have seen the article, but it's quite old now, and I thought that some of t'other posters might not be aware of it, as it's sort of well-hidden. You only know it's there if you know it's there - if you see what I mean. It's an interesting article in it's own right, I think. I think I stumbled across the article when I acquired my lovely Ab/Eb (it's tuned in 'Old Phil', I think) which got me interested in different 'configurations'. (Thinks - that Ab/Eb needs tuning...☚ī¸) [2] Yup, the Nag is still going strong - I think you may have mentioned this a while back - I seem to remember about the time they had a refurbishment. Still selling pints at about one-half 'Lunnon prices', though I haven't been in myself - I frequent the Conservative Club by Chassen Park and the miniature railway...
  20. Though it's now quite old, this article by Mr. Coles contains a few brief remarks on A/E which may be of interest?
  21. Ah! Now I understand. I won't put you to all that trouble. I used to run a small 'business' in which I controlled the despatch of stuff ax international boundaries, and was able to set things up so that recipients weren't hit by sales tax/customs duty when the stuff arrived. I had rather assumed that you were in the same situation - clearly this is not the case.. . Thanks for that. _____________ So much for international 'free-trade' agreements! I guess they only work if you are a large company, able and willing to bribe the politicians with large contributions to party funds. The man-in-the-street gets clobbered - every time...
  22. Nice! However: Are you in a position to despatch goods across international boundaries with the necessary Customs documentation to avoid the duties charged by greedy, predatory and rapacious governments such as the one we have here in the U.K.? The last time I bought Tees from North America, I was charged duty at a rate which was almost the price of the goods in the first place. I recently bought a vintage chess board from Japan, and despite the vendor being genuine antique dealers who ticked all the requisite boxes, HMRC decided that this wasn't good enough for them, and they imposed duty at a rate of 20%. They've got you by the wotsits because HMRC levy the duty on the carriers, and the carriers won't release the goods till you pay them (the carriers) the required amount. This is a real problem for folks indulging in 'private sales' across international boundaries.
  23. Paul Hardy's Xmas Tune book[1]. Go to: https://pghardy.net/tunebooks/ and select the Xmas Tune Book icon (4th from left). The tune book is available in various formats, free in ABC or PDF format, and you can order a paid for on-demand printed copy via Lulu if you are feeling flush... I've attached a short (6 tunes) selection from my own personal tune book. Sources are indicated so that you can track down the original if you are so inclined. ([1] If this is the one you already found, and it don't sound right, summat's up - tell us what's going wrong...) xmas.abc
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