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    Woodwork, engineering, music of all sorts, unusual instruments & oddities, vintage cars, good pubs! Classically trained (for my sins) but suitably disillusioned.
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  1. Ja Ja Ding Dong next please 🙏
  2. Thank you for this absolute gift Gary
  3. No, it's not. But if anyone can make it one it's got to be you Simon. You were one of my concertina 'gateway drugs'!
  4. As a trained pianist and teacher, but admittedly amateur concertina player, the ergonomics of this don't make any sense to me at all. To use a piano layout effectively, two of the most most important things for fluid playing are the ability to 'tuck' the thumb under and to have freedom of wrist position. Neither of these are possible on a concertina with this layout. Perhaps this is why they never really took off, I suggest. Maybe they existed as a novel idea, so that those with a knowledge of being able to play a keyboard instrument were able to play rudimentary tunes.
  5. If you'd like to just test out what the proper software can do, I'd be totally happy to just take a random page, and shove it in to the program. See what you think. I genuinely think photoscore is pretty darn fantastic for what it is. Unless it's been written by someone with a neurological condition, or the scan quality is so poor that the ledger lines can't be seen, I bet it can transcribe it fairly well for you. Alongside the supervision and intervention of a trained musician. If successful, let me know and I can do the lot for you. God knows I need mor
  6. Hi Tim, I've waited to see if anyone with more knowledge would reply but they haven't, yet. I have no idea how the usual tooling on bellows leather is done, or where they get their patterns or dies from. If you want a 'Jeffries' or similar style print embossed into your bellows leather I have no idea how to do that. Others might decide to throw more light on that. However... I do know that high-end bookbinders apply gold tooling to leather retroactively all the time. Often by hand. With proper care, I don't know any reason the local heat applied would cause
  7. Thanks for the clarification Jim. I'm sorry. I hope I didn't aggravate or annoy you, my intentions were merely out of curiosity. I certainly don't condone 'cancelling Shakespeare'!! 😅 I live just down the road from his old gaff (that means house here), and whilst I haven't come across his use of that word I am quite the fan. However, we don't live 500 years ago, we live now. You're not quite 500 years old are you, Jim? Words and their use can change in their meaning, and we choose them at our own peril whilst understanding how others may perceive us.
  8. I don't know how to bring this up in a tactful / sensitive way way, but is it only in the UK that there are unfortunate implications to the word nonce?
  9. The main man himself may well be along to comment! If you've got 'that' excellent book, then look for clues in the first few pages on how to decode the number system etc. It's pretty straightforward once you're used to it.
  10. I worked on cataloguing / digitising a huge library of hand written scores and arrangements. The answer is with extremely variable results, from spot on to absolute garbage. Photoscore gets it pretty well most of the time. It depends somewhat on how consistent and neat the writing is. Autograph scores from (most of) the great composers would have no chance, for example. They always need some tweaking, especially when there are multiple voices on one stave. If it gets the bare bones down, it can save some time. It's still often quicker to just cut the middle man and inp
  11. It is possible to use something like photoscore to scan a pdf and turn it into midi. Unfortunately, the results of this can vary wildly.. you may end up learning nonsense instead of the real tune. A program like Sibelius talks to photoscore. It will plot the notes out on a virtual stave. If you'd like to listen to the score, then Sibelius will play it for you, at any speed you like. It saves these scores as .sib files. In this case you can skip the ABC step all together. The .sib files can be exported to midi, then ABC if that's how you like to store them. Scanning quir
  12. I dunno whether it's dodgy or not, but the seller is called conmanbillsie 😅
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