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mdarnton

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    violin maker, photography, music, concertina, of course.
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  1. mdarnton

    Playing with Anna Magdalena

    https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Bach%2C_Anna_Magdalena I always enjoy your playing!
  2. mdarnton

    In praise of a good hard case

    Great--I have a custom-made Anvil road case I never use because I carry my instrument in a 6-pack soft cooler bag. I guess this is my warning, right?
  3. I've been trying to practice scales on my English. Eventually I have the idea of playing some jazz, which is often in [many] flats, and I the jazzer idea of being able to play everything in any key equally well appeals to me, so. . . Though the EC will do anything, as you add flats the runs turn evil pretty fast. I'm considering it all just being a matter of habit/learning at this point. :-)
  4. My metal-end Lachanel was too strident for my taste. Since I play a lot of harmony, upper partials of the various notes were clashing in bad ways and I was bothered by a slightly different quality in some notes. As a test, I decided to put in baffles such as came in many old instruments. I bought thin dense foam, about 1mm thick in a craft store. I think the real use is to cut up pieces and layer them to build things like Christmas ornaments--this type of thing: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/421368108856837725/?lp=true I cut pieces that fit loosely (1.5mm all around the edges, casually around the keypad) and fastened them in to the underside of the metal ends with double stick tape. If I were to do it again, I might go tight at the edges, loose in the middle, far away from the pads. Anyway, the result was a very slight drop in volume, but a much nicer tone that people around me didn't mind listening to. I didn't lose a bit of dynamic range, just the uncomfortable harshness that seemed to penetrate throughout the house and irritate those around me. 🙂 I wouldn't call the sound mellow at all--just "right" and very clean. It might be worth a try. Or you might cut pieces to fit outside, in the same manner, that you could remove when you wanted the normal sound. The foam cost me about a dollar, so it's not a big deal to try it. It's available in black, and is basically invisible. I was hoping for red, but none of the other colors were deep enough to satisfy.
  5. mdarnton

    Bazhow

    I use a lot of India ink in my shop for this kind of job, but not on bone. I suspect it would do the job, though.
  6. mdarnton

    Profiteering?

    All I see in this incident is selling something for what it's worth, and I can't get too wound up about that. What if he'd found it in his basement, and it had cost him nothing at all? Definition of profiteering. : the act or activity of making an unreasonable profit on the sale of essential goods especially during times of emergency …
  7. mdarnton

    What type of music do you play?

    I used to play in a Finnish polka band, so I have some old tunes related to that, like a nice Slovenian polka, but I'm currently prepping a Finnish waltz and a French waltz to try to record and put up here at some point. Lately I've mostly been listening to jazz, trying to figure out some way to insert English concertina into that as a sort of mutant Saxophone, but I haven't figured that out yet. :-) I'm feeling constrained by not knowing anyone to play with. Similarly to Halifax' problem, my main practice session is while my wife is in the shower each morning so that she doesn't have to listen. So it's a solitary vice at this point.
  8. Since you're asking about "Oomph", a very high percentage of that effect comes from the player, not the instrument. When you listen to someone else's recording you really don't have any way to know where it's coming from. English and duet are more likely to allow the player to do that (play mush) than Anglo. But as an accordion player, you probably already understand how that works.....
  9. mdarnton

    Why Give Up

    I have quit a number of instruments a number of times, and for me it always comes down to whether I have someone to play with or not.
  10. mdarnton

    Really a Crabb?

    Uh, for the record here, I did NOT say Lachenals are garbage. That's what I play, myself.
  11. mdarnton

    Really a Crabb?

    Looks a lot like a bottom end Lachanel student model with a Crabb label attached. Did Crabb ever make this kind of junk?
  12. I would not be afraid to hang back and not do anything a lot of the time. One of the things I notice amateur musicians in bands doing is feeling like they have to be playing as many notes as possible, all the time, regardless of what everyone else is doing (which is often playing as many notes as possible, all the time. ) As a bass player, I was certainly guilty of this!
  13. Something to consider: jazz pianists will often skip the fifth because it's implied in nearly every chord except augmented and diminished chords, so you don't need to hear it to know what's happening. Concentrating on the root and third is what establishes the character of what's going on, and you need both of them. The problem I have with this arrangement is that it's essentially the same thing, over and over--a full blast of each chord, same inversion. Even if you don't drop the fifth entirely, choosing one or two notes that are appropriate at the moment (appropriate to your ear, not theory!) and letting some go will mix things up a bit.
  14. mdarnton

    Hornpipe and polka rhythms?

    Maybe this will help: https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=112167#2370924 And then.... can't resist:
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