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  1. I appreciate all of the feedback from folks. I'm certainly enjoying playing my Beaumont with the standard non-mirrored layout, but I'd certainly jump at any chance to noodle around on a mirrored instrument if I can. I did check in with Button Box and they said that they probably wouldn't want to attempt a mirrored layout. It would end up costing a pretty penny to pay them to do the R&D to figure out how to make the alternate layout.
  2. Ahh, thanks for linking to the other related threads. My forum search for ‘unidirectional layout’ hadn’t turned up much but I see that ‘mirrored layout’ or ’Wicki layout’ is maybe a more common name for these. Rlgph, I’ll give the Duetta app a try and see what it’s like to use the mirrored setup. Thanks! Since I’m coming from a clarinet background where the pitch flows from index to pinky on both hands maybe that’s why the Mirrored sounds more intuitive in theory. It’s very cool that we have the option to choose. I wonder if The Button Box has ever made a mirrored Beaumont before.
  3. I was reading through Wim Wakker's post about the new Troubadour duet concertina and this was the first time I'd noticed that some of the Concertina Connection instruments can be made with an alternate "Uni-directional" keyboard layout. "Bi-directional Keyboard" This seems like it may be the more common layout. On the Right Hand the order of the notes from low to high in each row would normally be played with [Index] -> [Middle] -> [Ring] -> [Pinky]. On the Left Hand the order from low to high in each row is the reverse. [Pinky] ->[Ring] -> [Middle] -> [Index] **Note about the diagrams. These are from the Concertina Connection Peacock Duet page. I have to do some mental gymnastics to correctly understand the official layout diagrams. For the diagrams in this post I rotated the official ones by 180 degrees and then flipped the text back upright. This way the Right Hand layout is on the right and the Left Hand layout is on the left. Hopefully I didn't get these mixed up in the process.? "Uni-directional Keyboard" On the Right Hand, the order of the notes from low to high in each row is the same as the Bi-directional layout [Index] -> [Middle] -> [Ring] -> [Pink] The difference now, is that on the Left Hand the order is exactly the same as it is on the Right Hand. [Index] -> [Middle] -> [Ring] -> [Pink] It seems like the Uni-directional layout would be an advantage because you get to use the exact same fingers on both hands to play the same notes. For example, using, [Index] -> [Middle] -> [Ring] on the first row is 'C', 'D', 'E' on either hand. This seems a lot more intuitive than having the flow of keys switched between the 2 hands. I'm very new to playing the Duet though and maybe there are some potential advantages to the standard "Bi-directional" layout that I'm just not aware of. I'm curious if anyone here is familiar with the Uni-directional system and how they feel about it. Thanks!
  4. This is fantastic, thank you! Especially for new Duet players like myself, it's incredibly helpful to see how someone arranges a piece of music. Much much appreciated!
  5. It's cool to see a comparison chart. Timbre is such a tricky thing to describe with words. Reminds me of the Boy Scout oath. "I promise to do my best, to be Vigorous Brilliant and Balanced" I was chatting with Michael at BB about the Grill Cloth option that W3DW mentioned for reducing internal reflections. Apparently, they sometimes use stereo speaker cloth and this makes the sound a bit more mellow, if that's what you're going for. I imagine you could really go down a rabbit trying different cloths and baffles to adjust the tone. He also mentioned that in his experience there is a huge difference in sound quality and play-ability between standard reeds and the Super Durall. Then there's an almost imperceptible difference between Super Durall and TAM. Then there's another big jump in response and brightness when you move to high end 'A Mano' Concertina reeds. Really nice being able to call them up and get detailed answers.
  6. Thanks for the tip. I'll ask BB about that for sure. I'm sure it's better to have the expert elves working on it than me slapping random materials inside and outside... although I might not be able to resist trying some experiments at least on the outside.
  7. Wow, those performances from David Barnert are sweet beautiful and bright. i can see what people love about those ‘real’ concertina reeds. I think I’m more often going to be playing along with guitar/and mandolin players so maybe a cardboard baffled Durall reed might match those timbers more.
  8. Hi Dabbler, thanks for the feedback. Glad to hear that the Duralls feel like a good match. It's cool that you've tried a baffle too. I was planning on making one also just to help mute the volume a bit and make it easier to practice without bothering the neighbors. I was planning on some closed cell neoprene (scuba diving material) since it doesn't flake particles off like other foams. If cardboard works fine that sure sounds a lot easier though!
  9. That would be interesting to hear for sure. The BB website actually has a button accordion for sale with TAM reeds on the treble side and Duralls on the bass, ( a Serenellini Sellí) so I guess at least one person thinks they have a different feel to them. It may be bordering on sacrilege but now I'm imagining a concertina with Duralls on the LHS.and real concertina reeds on the RHS. Interesting possibilities.
  10. Ah interesting, so the debate about TAM vs Durall might really be about such small differences in performance that someones (especially a beginner like myself) isn't going to notice. I don't think I've been lucky enough to see a concertina in person that was using real 'Concertina' reeds. I'll have to start looking for events in my area(Missouri) to really enjoy hearing the high quality instruments without youtube audio compression muddying it up. Thanks for the feedback!
  11. Hello all! After years of enjoying listening to great concertina tunes I finally have the opportunity to join the party and order at concertina. After checking out the forum recommendations I decided to go for a Morse Beaumont. The only decision to make was reed type. The TAM reeds seem to be the clear favorite amongst the forum posters here for a number of reasons: brighter, squawkier, more responsive, more true ‘concertina’ and less ‘accordion’ feel. I know real ‘a Mano’ concertina reeds are a favorite of many people although they aren’t a Morse option. On the other hand, the kind folks at Button Box really recommend the Durall reeds for their concertinas. It seems like a pretty interesting situation to have the community of players (at least the vocal posters on this forum) recommend a different option than the one the manufacturer/craftsman does. The Question Are there any fans of the Durall sound out there? Maybe folks prefer it for specific genres/styles of music? If BB recommends them I’m sure there most be folks who like the feel of the Durall. I dig the sound of the Beaumont with Durall reeds in the sample videos on the BB website but after reading all the forum posts it’s hard to shake the feeling that a lot of folks here think it is a mistake to get Durall. I know I’ll love the instrument either way and I’m looking forward to jumping in and joining the fun!
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