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About Paul_Hardy

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  • Birthday 08/20/1953

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    English concertina. Computers. Walking/rambling/hiking.
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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. Most midi concertinas have a pressure sensor to determine movement of the bellows, or replace the bellows by a spring sensor system. This is so that you can both vary volume by bellows pressure, and also separate notes by bellows waggle, without removing finger from button. So midi instruments are quite capable in that way.
  8. My midi concertina https://pghardy.net/concertina/lachenal_30566_midi/lachenal_30566_midi.html has octave transpose built in for four octaves using the buttons of the instrument - select the channel and say one octave down for cello, or two octaves down for double bass territory. You however seem to want an octave lower than that? You could then tell the synthesizer software (running on iPad) to transpose further down, although you would need a big speaker also!
  9. Mark is definitely still trading, and is helpful, but his responsiveness is more than a bit sporadic. I suspect he has more business than he needs, driven partially by people doing lockdown projects. I've had a couple of small orders in past two months, but both needed some prompting. I'm awaiting another at present.
  10. Given the rate of vaccine rollout, and the fairly slow pace of TV projects, I'd have thought there was a fair chance of at least your parents getting immunised before the film crew arrived. Did they say when they wanted to record? I agree that it would be great to get the Dipper concertina fabrication techniques recorded.
  11. I use a little stereo Sony IC Recorder - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-ICDSX733-Professional-Voice-Recorder/dp/B00BOK99MU to do my recordings, like those on my Virtual Greenshoots page (https://pghardy.net/greenshoots/virtual/). It sits about a metre away, and I try and face it. However I then load the recording into Audacity and use that to amplify left and right channels to the same volume level for balance, as well as editing out blank time and merging any retakes. Finally I use MP3Tag to set metadata fields.
  12. My previous instrument (as a child) was cello, and I think I still treat the bellows of the 'tina much like the bow of a cello or violin. One can keep playing notes in a violin in the same bow direction until you run out of bow, but it is much more usual (and better) to use change of bow direction to emphasise the start of phrases, or other notes needing more attack. Changing bellows direction puts a bit of space between the notes. I think one reason the Anglo is seen as more rhythmic, is that the Anglo putting two notes on one button forces many changes of bellows direction (at least on a 20-
  13. There are few round here (Cambridge UK), indeed the crew that came round our street this last Wednesday had a youngish Yolanda, doing a good job of hauling green bins to the lorry/truck.
  14. I sold one, and recycled one as a Midi instrument. Two are out on loan at present, one has just come back from loan, two are still awaiting fettling back to playability, One is still in old pitch, one is a baritone, one is a very loud modern one, two are very quiet brass-reeded tutors, two are Anglos, and one is a melodeon currently in pieces. So that only leaves three English trebles that I play regularly - an Aeola, a Lachenal New Model, and an old George Case brass-reeded one!
  15. English. Generally #16 in https://pghardy.net/concertina/.
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