Jump to content


  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by dabbler

  1. I'm not a master builder but here's a thought. Maybe the resonance of your fretwork is tuned such that it absorbs energy from the F3 frequency. That is, the fretwork is acting like a tongue drum tuned in a way that interferes with the F3. You could probably test this by sticking hard modeling (plastalina) clay or mounting putty to the fretwork to alter or eliminate the resonances.
  2. Nice! It would be interesting to hear the tune played in different temperaments.
  3. Very nice design work! What type of filament are you using for buttons and the white lever paddles and will you be lubricating those?
  4. Very nice! Free reeds and plucked strings make a great pairing.
  5. Interesting. Seems like this would make it possible to pull the bellows into a straight cylinder, or a dodecagonal prism more precisely. Would this not cause stability problems?
  6. I really like their "bandoline", a bandoneon with an intuitive button arrangement, like a stringed instrument tuned in 5ths. -George
  7. I had this problem on my hybrid concertina. The cause was exactly as Dana described. I was able to fix it by gluing a thin sliver of photo negative to the valve like this. I should have tried Dana's methods first. Good luck! -George
  8. That's such a nice looking instrument. I think I understand the triplet technique now. Nice playing! -George
  9. Thanks, folks. That's really nice to hear from people whose playing I admire. About 14 months plus one pandemic so it has seemed like forever (almost two years total). I'm a long time guitarist though. -George
  10. Thanks guys! Interesting. I wonder why makers (except Stagi) didn't go wider when they started building them. Maybe tooling and materials reasons? Possibly. I haven't attempted the triplet technique, but I do have to hit the buttons more precisely or I will hit a neighboring button. Also, I have to hit the button from a higher angle, as lower angles can also cause neighboring buttons to be depressed. I have thought about giving the buttons a raised dome profile to help with this while still allowing easy two-note presses. -George
  11. Hello everyone. Several months ago I had recalled some musings on the forum about wider buttons on the Hayden duet, maybe from Brian himself. Having recently bought a 3d printer I realized I could print my own button caps to give wider buttons a try. Also, I thought that it would be nice to use my thumbs to better position my hands as I played. I find these enhancements very nice and will be keeping them. See the attached pictures to get a better idea of what I did. I don't like the term but I might call the wider buttons a game changer. They let me quickly play a P4 or P5 dyad with a finger tip. This was possible before but required more effort and finger bending, especially for thin fingers like mine. I posted a video in the "video and music" section of me playing with this setup. An important note in case you'd like to try this yourself: Make sure that everything you add is easily removable. The button caps should not be too snug or you will not be able to pull them off, leaving you with an unserviceable concertina! I made mine on the loose side and where needed added a bit of removeable mounting putty. The pictures show two button styles. I used the simple flat buttons for most keys. For the lowest row on each side I ended up using the contoured buttons to keep my fingers from slipping off due to the angle of my fingers and low friction against my nails. The button diameters are about 9.7mm. Cheers, -George
  12. Hello everyone. It took several months of practice and a couple of ergonomic enhancements to the instrument, but here's a performance of Maple Leaf Rag for the 52-button Hayden duet. I'll detail the enhancements I made in a separate post since I think they add a lot of capability to the Hayden. Cheers, -George
  13. It's always handy to have an extra guitarist hiding in the bushes. Seriously though, sounds great. Nice to hear an unmicced performance with such balanced instrument volumes. -George
  14. Both sound great. More similar than I expected. I did a blind listen and guessed wrong. Thanks for posting these. -George
  15. Adding to an old thread to note a recent success. A couple of pivots on my Beaumont started seizing after much playing. Applying "Dupont Teflon Non-Stick Dry-Film Lubricant" with a fine brush appears to have fixed the problem. I use the bottle (non-aerosol) version of the product. -George
  16. Hi Luke. @inventor explains the reason for the slant in this post. I happily play a Morse Beaumont which does not have a slant. I haven't found the lack of a slant to be a hindrance though I have never had the chance to compare. -George
  17. On my Beaumont I measure about 44.5mm from the button centers of the lowest row of six to the nearest edge of the palm rest. The palm rest itself is 13mm wide. -George
  18. Interesting dilemma. Adding to Łukasz's thought experiment, I'd also consider if any doors are closed by particular choices/outcomes, e.g. future gigging opportunities. -George
  19. As a Beaumont player I'll add a few thoughts. I've had previous experience with guitar and, long ago, saxophone. I found the non-mirrored Beaumont to be intuitive, and never once thought that the asymmetry was frustrating. I'd think that the relative difficulty of Maccann to Hayden would dwarf any trouble related to a non-mirrored versus mirrored layout. To me (and at least a few others) Maccann looks completely nonintuitive yet I've heard some really great Maccann playing. If you think you'll ever sell your instrument the mirrored layout may be a harder sell. Finally, on guitar people visualise chord shapes. I find myself doing the same on the Hayden. It's a helpful mnemonic when I'm playing a tune by memory. The chord shapes concept wouldn't work as well on a mirrored layout. Good luck! -George
  20. The idea of busking during the holiday season and spreading Christmas cheer helped inspire me to pursue this instrument. Of the Christmas tunes I've learned my wife likes this one the best. Shchedryk (Carol of the Bells) Here's a link to the sheet music. Happy holidays to all. -George
  21. Congratulations on your decision to get a Beaumont. It's a great instrument. I was in your situation several months ago and went with the Durall reeds. Never have I thought that the reeds lack any brightness. Recently I baffled the left side with thin cardboard and am enjoying the warmer tone and improved balance. -George
  22. I seem to recall, maybe from his instagram, @alex_holden building an instrument with long-scale reeds. Is this the one? -George
  23. Very impressive. I wonder what type of reed was used. -George
  24. I had been wondering if Bach's inventions could sound satisfactory on the instrument given its limited range. Sounds wonderful!
  25. I have been using the octave treble clef because it suits the range of the 52-button Hayden. I'd be interested in hearing what other duet players prefer. Maybe we could post a poll. -George
  • Create New...