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    Folk Music, and Baroque Music. Developing keyboards for Concertinas and Melodeons that enable ordinary folk, who (like myself) are not virtuosos; to play easily in a multitude of different keys on the same instrument.
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    South-west of England

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  1. inventor

    Lachenal Tuning Bellows on ETSY

    Hi Seth, "Bill" who ? Inventor.
  2. inventor

    Hayden duet that favors flat keys?

    My suggestion for a solution depends on the structure of the inside of a Stagi Hayden concertina, which I have never seen, but perhaps someone might put a picture of these on this website. It assumes that the accordion style reed plates are mounted on accordion style reed blocks. 1) Obtain a second-hand 46 button Stagi Hayden concertina. 2) Starting with the lowest pitch reeds, take out the reed plates one row at a time and prepare to replace them two spaces along the row. 3) Lengthen the tone chambers to fit the reed plate that is two whole tones lower in pitch. You should end up with a row with two empty spaces at the bottom and a pair of reed plates left over. 4) Repeat this for for the next highest run of notes 5) On the third run of notes use the two left over reed plates from the first run, to fit into the first two tone chambers, moving the other reed plates along as before. 6) Repeat (5) on the fourth row of each side and the fifth row of the right hand side. 7) Buy the extra 8 missing reed plates (i.e. the Abs, Bbs, Dbs & Ebs ). These shouldn't be too expensive if you buy second hand from an accordion repairer. Fit these as before. 😎 You will also have to touch up the tuning, as the pitch of reeds may change a bit when they are moved around. This will now be a Hayden concertina in Db, Ab, Eb, Bb, F & C. Inventor.
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    The Button Box has a 55B Wheatstone Hayden for sale

    Yes that is the air button in the handle. Steve Dickinson's instruments (i.e. present day Wheatstone's) have a wonderful response and dynamic range, and are of the very finest quality. If you like The Hayden system, sell the car and mortgage the house to buy it ! Inventor.
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    Which is suitable for me?

    Please let me scotch the myth about Duet concertinas being difficult; this only really applies to the MACCAN duet. A CRANE Duet is fairly straightforward, and the HAYDEN duet is very easy. The ELISE (Hayden system) duet is of the same quality and cost as the ROCHELLE. To try out this system find someone with an iphone and they will be able to show you a playable version of the Hayden keyboard on screen. Inventor.
  5. You should get in touch with the - International Concertina Association - (ICA), they have a web site . Most of their members are English Concertina players, who are mostly classical rather than folk orientated players. When I first started playing concertina, in the sixties, (Anglo, coming from Melodeon), I asked Father Kenneth Loveless, (the then President of the ICA); who I knew through meetings of Morris Ring, EFDSS courses, and Sidmouth Festival; about the ICA, should I join ? However he told me that practically all the members were classical music reading English Concertina players, and as an ear playing Anglo player, I might not have much in common with them. It wasn't until many years later when I had taken up a duet concertina, that I finally joined the ICA. I am not decrying the ICA who are now much more open to all different kinds of music, and have many more Anglo and Duet players than they ever used to, but I think that you (McDouglas) might enjoy the meetings or weekends of one their associated groups. Inventor. P.S. On playing at the Albert Hall:- At the Tango Concert, the penultimate night of this seasons Albert Hall Proms, I was disappointed that the Bandoneon players were practically drowned out by the totally unneeded full orchestra behind them. Inventor.
  6. Corrected spelling of Harry Geuns, Found his website from "concertina makers" on concertina.net. Inventor.
  7. Harry Geuns recently (probably about a year ago) offered to make a batch of Hayden Squares. He also makes Chemnitzers. He needed about ten people to sign up to buy one. About five or six showed an interest, but not enough. It will be on this web site somewhere if you wanted to follow it up. It took me 20 years to sell the first batch of Bastari Squares. I would be 100 by then. My mother made it to 95, but I doubt it if I make it that far !
  8. Unfortunately there are security issues surrounding the whereabouts of valuable instruments. No matter how much you might insure an instrument for, you may still end up at the bottom of a seven plus year waiting list for a replacement. Inventor.
  9. Made by Robin Scard. 1 offs by H Crabb & sons (the very first), Nicoli of Moscow, Marcus of Wales, Connor, and recently a small one by Alex Holden; I hope he will make more. There were also conversions made by Neville Crabb, and Dana Johnson. I attempted a conversion, years ago when I very first had the idea, but didn't end up with a playable instrument. I Have written about this instrument several times. Inventor.
  10. My instrument goes up to an A (same as the top note of a full sized piano-accordion, 3 semitones below to top note of a 48 button standard treble English concertina). The amber bellows metal button concertina goes up to the G a tone below mine, and only down to a G (the same as the bottom note of a baritone English concertina). Inventor.
  11. The black and white are not for my benefit, as I had previously played instruments with all the same colored buttons. They were to clearly show how the key of C sat on the instrument. Then to demonstrate that by moving to the right you added sharps (and lost the farthest leftmost white buttons), or by moving to the left you added flats (and lost the farthest rightmost white buttons). Inventor.
  12. The instrument is similar to the one shown. but with a few more buttons. These buttons are black and white like the keys on a piano, so that I could easily show people how the system worked. Inventor.
  13. I am playing the concertina pictured. The reeds are real concertina reeds, lowest is an F a tone below the G mentioned. Tune is Speaking Waltz, which I learned from a Peter Kennedy recording of the Donegal fiddler John Docherty. Sorry about the bad ending. Inventor.
  14. That looks like a really really good selection of buttons. Will have to find out what iPhones and iPads are ! Inventor.
  15. Yes this is a double reeded instrument (octaves), accordion reeds. This instrument is discussed elsewhere on concertina.net. I had a batch of them made by Bastari in Italy. Inventor.