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  1. Richard Mellish

    MIDI Concertina

    As noted in the other thread, certain Cherry switches, as used in computer keyboards, would be ideal except that they are a bit too big to fit the spacings required for concertina buttons.
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    MIDI Concertina

    I have sent Dave Ehnebuske a message. My thoughts (and those of others) about MIDI concertinas are in the thread https://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?/topic/21042-midi-concertina-project/ .
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    MIDI Concertina

    Anyone (Bruce?) have contact info for dehne1? I don't think I want to invest in a GlowForge, so I don't want to join that forum, but I would like to know what switches dehne1 has found that have an acceptable feel and are small enough for the button spacing of a concertina.
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    Push vs Pull - why?

    Yes, but the reed that sounds on push has almost the same environment as the one that sounds on pull. The difference in absolute air presure pointed out by Tradewinds Ted is very slight. The fact that one reed is inside the chamber and the other is on the other side of the sound board is more significant, but still makes only a slight difference.
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    Wheatstone Linota sn#27957

    I don't play Irish style and I do play (only) 40-key Wheatstone layout, which this certainly is, unless it's an odd special. I already have one very nice Wheatstone 40-key C-G and one very ropey Koot Brits 40-key C-G , so I really don't need another one, but I would happily pay the suggested $3500 or even £4500, if you don't find a taker your side of the pond.
  6. I agree that one should buy the best that one can afford, but I see no great harm in starting with a very basic instrument, for just long enough to find out whether or not one gets on with how the notes are laid out. I started on a cheap and cheerful 20 key German concertina, which cost me £2 and was enough for me to decide to continue with the diatonic system. I was very soon offered a 30 key Lachenal (for no money at all!) , which was potentially a much better instrument but leaked like a sieve and had had some of its worst leaks stuffed with toilet paper. I forget what I did to make it playable, but it served me adequately for a few years until I upgraded again.
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    Johnny Clegg RIP

    Some discussion also at http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=166414&messages=6 but the Mudcat servers aren't easy to get into just now.
  8. A major factor is that the sound from a concertina goes out sideways, so it sounds quieter to the person playing it than to everyone else, fellow musicians or bystanders. If you play at a volume that seems to you about right relative to the other musicians, it's probably too loud.
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    Florence Fahy playing at Consairtin 2019 in Ennis

    Facebook says "You must log in to continue.". Sorry, but I don't wish to do that. Why not make it so anyone can view it without needing a Facebook ID?
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    Jeffries and Wheatstone layouts

    In particular a 40-key provides a lot of scope for playing whole phrases without change of bellows direction. Of course there is even more scope on a duet, but that's a different story.
  11. I assume you mean you want to reed frame to fit tightly in the reed pan, which indeed is necessary, but I was recently reminded that it should be tight only at the ends. A tight fit in the middle of the length would squeeze the sides of the frame closer together. If the gaps between the edges of the reed and the frame are already extemely narrow, as they should be, squeezing the frame could foul the reed.
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    Jeffries and Wheatstone layouts

    Nope, my G-D was made new for me by Steve Dickinson but, as I said, it's 40-key. Steve had suggested having the extras, on the basis that having 30 and wishing one had more is much worse than having 40 and not using all of them. I do use all 40, though a few of them not very often.
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    Jeffries and Wheatstone layouts

    My Wheatstone system 40-key G-D has a high A on pull and a C# on push; respectively the right-most and left-most buttons on the outer row on the RH end. The corresponding notes on a C-G would be D and F#. AFAIK those are standard.
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    Duet Recordings

    Sorry about that, and glad that someone else has resolved it. Something to do with ordinary and non-breaking spaces and how they are handled by different operating systems.
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    Duet Recordings

    On the Whatever Happened To Duet International ? thread I offered to dig out some recordings of Nick Robertshaw. I've put a first batch of them into a zip file at mellish.eu/Audio/Nick Robertshaw.zip . This is what I've extracted this afternoon from my Herga Folk Club recordings, some with concertina, but also some unaccompanied songs and one with guitar. More may follow, but no promises.
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    Whatever Happened To Duet International ?

    Speaking of Nick Robertshaw, I can dig out some recordings of him if required.
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    Whatever Happened To Duet International ?

    A few weeks ago Alan enquired about copying from cassette. If that's still an issue, let me know. I have a decent 3-head cassette player connected to a decent USB sound interface.
  18. Could this be a design problem? Wrong sort of material for the valves?
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    My experience with 1/5 comma mean tone tuning

    In just tuning, one interval is different between a major key and its relative minor. For example in C major C to D is 9/8 but in A minor C to D is 10/9. Just tuning for C major makes the D minor chord (in A minor) wrong. Does 1/5 comma mean tone avoid that problem?
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    Tortoise Shell Aeola Wheatstone 51 key Concertina

    Don't forget that "tortoiseshell" can be a description of appearance irrespective of material, e.g. "tortoiseshell cat".
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    Upcoming concertinas for sale

    And me, now almost another month later.
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    MIDI concertina project

    I would like to explore that. How would the prices compare for, say, a) a normal 30-button anglo b) the same 30-button anglo but with switches instead of reeds c) a MIDI keyboard laid out like a 30-button anglo but without bellows, levers, pads etc, just a strain gauge (or if necessary two or three) to monitor the direction and strength of the force applied by the player?
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    30 key anglo guides and tutorials

    By its nature, an anglo works best in its two basic keys and is immediately much harder even in the next adjacent keys (e.g. F and D on a C-G instrument); whereas most other musical instruments get gradually more difficult as one moves away from their basic keys. Some of us deal with this issue by having multiple anglos in different keys.
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    My introduction and question.

    I would echo the advice to go somewhere where you can try playing at least an anglo and an English, and preferably a duet (of one or other variety) as well, before spending much money and time on what might turn out not to be the best system for you. Even a few minutes twiddling may immediately tell you that one system makes sense for you and another doesn't. In my case I came across a 20 button cheap and nasty East German box. I had never played mouth organ seriously but had a general idea of suck/blow, so the German system made sense to me and I've stuck with it, though now on 40-button anglos.
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    MIDI concertina project

    Why are mechanical switches troublesome in this application? They work well enough in computer keyboards. And for a MIDI concertina you don't need them to be velocity sensitive as you do on a piano-style keyboard.