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About Paul_Hardy

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  • Birthday 08/20/1953

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  1. One sold at £1000, and the other had no bids at £800, and has been relisted at £760. Still no details.
  2. I confirm that the tina that I had Midi refitted by Roy uses Hall effect sensors on the back of each pad, so no contact switches. Still working well after several years. See https://pghardy.net/concertina/lachenal_30566_midi/lachenal_30566_midi.html.
  3. Ah, "Phrasal verbs" - the nightmare for foreigners learning English. My wife used to teach English as a foreign language to mature students who came to stay with us, and these combinations were always a problem. Contrast knock down, knock up, knock in, knock out, etc. Get on, get over, get at, etc. Why do we wash up the dishes, but wash down a car? When I saw the thread title I assumed it would be about raising an income stream by renting out concertinas!
  4. I recognised it from one of my favourite albums ever - The band Gryphon, and their first album also called Gryphon. It's the first track on the album.
  5. I think the Branle du Parlement is the 20C dance, and the tune is old - I know it and have it in my tunebook as Kemp's Jig (John Kempe danced from London to Norwich in 1660 to win a bet). Very nice playing and multitracking.
  6. Thanks for the mention. It should be made clear that even this copyright claim/permission applies only to my arrangement and typesetting of the tunes. None of the tunes are my own compositions. 98% of the tunes in my tunebooks say "Trad." at the top, indicating that the composer(s) are lost in the mists of time, and the current version I transcribe is the result of the folk evolutionary process. The 2% that have named composers are out of copyright period, have given explicit permission (thanks), or like in the previous reply are believed to want their tunes to be promulgated free
  7. I've had considerable success with the PlayScore2 app (https://www.playscore.co/) in my iPad or iPhone (also available for Android). The original PlayScore had a free save option, but the current version is subscription only - the free version is worth a try for it to play a score image, but I think doesn't let you save the results. Subscription is about £20 a year. This sounds a lot at first pass, but such software would have cost you hundreds of pounds a few years ago. However, it's recognition is very good - works for multiple parts, different clefs and keys, chords, etc. Works
  8. It's not unreasonable that a Victorian Music Hall song might be still in copyright - In Europe (as in many other jurisdictions), copyright now lasts for 70 years after the death of the last author/composer. Victoria died in 1901, so someone who was 25 then, and lived to say 80 years old might have died in 1956. So with the 70 years after death rule, it would be in copyright until 2026. If they lived to age 99 then it expires in 2045! I'm not convinced that the publishing of an arrangement in 1940 has any relevance to the copyright of the original tune. The arranger would then have
  9. Does anyone recognise the pattern of the bellows papers here? A description of the instrument is at https://pghardy.net/concertina/lachenal_32801/lachenal_32801.html, including a shot of the inside of the bellows. I don't think they are original (not a standard Lachenal pattern?) but are certainly not new. Any guess at the maker? Or are they just some decorative additions to original black bellows? Regards,
  10. Relevant fonts in use in the 19th Century include these: Ones with a serif on the 4 include Bell, Bodoni, and Goudy. I've used Bell before for an 'old' feel label (first cut in 1788). As others have said, the shapes used by Lachenal may not have been a standard general purpose font, but a specific numbers-only machine. If people want to know more about fonts and typefaces, I recommend "The Elements of Typographical Style" by Robert Bringhurst. A fascinating if eccentric read is "Stop Stealing Sheep & find out how type works" by Spiekerma
  11. Hmmm. It's probably not a problem this time, but $9 as a 40% surcharge is not trivial - If you had persisted with Wise, it would probably have been substantially less. Ah, I've just seen your amendment to $3 - so 13% is more reasonable.
  12. Good to hear that worked well - I suspect you were lucky in that Bank of America is one of the half dozen big banks that has a substantial international presence, and hence is used to such transfers. USA is odd compared with Europe in having a large number of small banks (over 5000 I think), compared with 400 or so for the UK or Germany. Many of the smaller ones would struggle to do such a transfer - I speak from experience in using a Californian bank! Out of interest what did BoA charge for a £16 transfer?
  13. I wanted to be able to give an accurate concert pitch A=440, so that others could tune to that. There is a tradition in orchestras and string groups that everyone tunes to a given A.
  14. Similarly to Transferwise, I regularly use XE.com to pull funds from a US bank account and put them into a UK bank account. I also recommend PayPal as the easiest way - anybody know Steve Dickinson well enough to recommend that in this day and age as a small trader he ought to have a PayPal account?
  15. As others have said, this was almost certainly tuned meantone, not equal temperament. I retuned a similar one recently, and put it in 1/5 comma meantone - see https://pghardy.net/concertina/lachenal_27590/lachenal_27590.html for details. It sounds sweet, and is within 9 cents of ET for the main keys I play in, so nobody will hear it as out of tune in a session. That link has a table of frequencies and shifts from ET.
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