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  1. Following this thread I can see how the incomprehensible layout of the bandoneon evolved. ocd
  2. It might sound like one to the untutored ear (e.g., mine). Tango traditionalists will probably not deing to discuss the issue. ocd
  3. Neither is it a problem for those who don't feel a need to use such a run in their music. I'd be curious to hear where you would use such a run in any of the above. Patient: "Doctor, it hurts when I do this." Doctor: "Don't do that!" ocd
  4. It ocurred to me that the chance that somebody who wants a 67 key Maccann concertina has a Stelling banjo lying around somewhere ready to be swapped is rather slim. Neither instrument is exactly mainstream. ocd
  5. To create a baseline: the banjo you want is advertised new for $3,225 on the following site http://www.janetdavismusic.com/redfox.html It can probably be found for a similar price at other web sites. ocd
  6. Thank you very much for your reply. I am well warned. I am reasonably handy having played at cabinet making (have a shop full of tools to prove it). But if I attempt this change, I will do it with utmost care. As a minimum, everything should be reversible. ocd
  7. Thanks for pointing this thread. I think I found it: http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php...ic=1600&hl= There is a lot of good thinking there. I wonder if anyone has actually done it. Thanks, ocd
  8. I like regularity. The Chidley-variant of the Maccann layout is more regular than the basic Maccann. I admit that regularity might not make me a better player. It is purely a matter of unreasonable taste. I also like shortcuts and will keep looking for them if you don't mind. ocd
  9. Is it possible to turn a Maccann layout into a Chidley by simply moving the reeds around? Or is it more complicated than that? Thanks, ocd
  10. Harry Geuns makes an aluminum bandoneon action. (There are pictures in his web site http://www.bandoneon-maker.com/bandonions.htm that can be seen by chasing the "action" link.) The pictures are not detailed enough to be able to tell for sure, but it seems that he keeps the geometry of the wooden action while replacing the wooden levers with aluminum levers. The metal lever action is more flexible in that it allows more latitude in the relative placing between button and pad. But the wooden action is not all that less efficient in its use of real-estate. Looking at a bandoneon innards most of the surface is taken by the buttons and the pads, which have to be there. The overhead from the wooden action (mostly on the pivot assembly) does not seem all that large, though it is certainly less efficient than the English style. It does force a square shape, I think. ocd
  11. I wrote to the seller asking for the tuning. It is bandoneon in the sense that the first row is tuned in G; the second row is tuned in A; and the third is a sprinkling of unrelated notes. I understand that the core of the bandoneon (and chemnitzer) layout is also like this: the two main rows are tuned one tone apart rather than a fifth as in an anglo concertina. The reeds are also setup in a metal plate (zinc?) as in a bandoneon. Of course, a real bandoneon would have two reeds per note one octave apart. ocd
  12. Thanks. I have Jody's book. The lead sheet format helps, but by myself I can come up only with really dull-sounding accompaniments. I would love to have one of Jody's songs fully written-out . (Incidentally, my favorite piece in Jody's CD is "Bouncing Baby Boy" which is in the book.) I might have to go to the Southwest Concertina Workshop. ocd
  13. Thanks for pointing out Watson's book. The books by Worrall uses two treble clefs. Hoselbarth and Minasi both use a single treble clef. Worrall's books is available from The Buttonbox. The other two can be found as pdf scans in concertina.com ocd
  14. I am looking for sheet music for the anglo in the "harmonic style": I am thinking of the styles of Brian Peters, Jody Kruskal, John Watcham, Regardt de Bruin. So far I have found the following: Book: "The Music of William Kimber" by Dan Worrall Book Scan: Minasi's "Instruction Book" (concertina.com) Book Scan: Höselbarths "Anvweisung Das Akkordion zu spielen" (concertina.com) Book: Bertram Levy's method Web Page: Roger Digby's "Faking it" Web Page: John Kirkpatrick's "How to play the anglo" Can anybody point me to anything else? There was a similar topic some time ago but the discussion quickly veered off. Thanks, ocd
  15. If your concertina has accordion reeds Kimric Smythe would be able to take care of your request. He is in Oakland: http://www.smythesaccordioncenter.com/ Be warned, last time I visited his shop it was a bit on the chaotic side. ocd
  16. I have got to admit that I thought about concertina building when I saw an add for it on TV. The add used carving as the showcase application. The precision might not be adequate for, say, routing reed cavities. I'll try to get the manual and specs to see if it would work. ocd
  17. Happy New Year! I am a new member living in New England. I have been contemplating getting a concertina for a while now. After doing some research (and reading quite a bit of the archives of concertina.net, thank you all) I decided to test the waters by getting a Jackie. My brain seems to be happy with the the EC layout. The Jackie is wonderful but I would like to upgrade. I will be playing mostly for myself, I would probably be risking life and limb if I tried to play with anybody else. I read music and have played the piano accordion with free-bass before (all 37 lbs of it). I am trying to decide whether to go for a baritone or a treble concertina. From the recordings I have heard I like the timbre of the baritone a lot. Also I get the impression the the higher end of the treble is not used that much. When I have heard the top end of an EC, it has made me think of "music for bats", perhaps a sign of the state of my ears. So I am leaning towards a baritone. Are there any gotchas? (I am expecting it to be perhaps a bit larger and heavier than a treble.) Is it going to be much slower to speak? The options for a baritone EC that I have found are the Morse Albion, Harry Geun's baritone and vintage concertinas. Any other options I have not mentioned? Thanks, ocd
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