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  1. You could try contacting Steve Dickinson (Wheatstone.co.uk), who possibly still has unused sheets of the original brass from the Lachenal factory! He replaced a fractured brass reed starting with sheet brass for me while I waited once - but it was the best part of twenty years ago. It was fascinating to watch him at work.
  2. I think that "plays twice as fast" is wrong/confusing. A bar of 2/2 and a bar of 4/4 should both take the same amount of time, so no faster. The beats are twice as *slow* in 2/2. Hear hear - I systematically switched tunes to numeric ratios when including them in my tunebook. I agree entirely. Again I reset several tunes from 2/4 to 2/2 in my tunebooks to avoid use of semiquavers (16th notes for our American notation users) and make them much more readable. It's interesting how the default symbol for a typical note seems to have suffered inverse inflation over the centuries, starting with breve and semibreve, and through crotchets and quaver, and heading for semiquaver. 'Breve' means 'short', but its now longer than the longest note in common use (semibreve).
  3. I think of 4/4 as going | Rhu-barb Cus-tard | Rhu-barb Cus-tard | while 2/2 goes | Green Sheep | Green Sheep | where all four of the bars are all about the same time length. I think 2/4 is a case of the continuing inflation in ever shortening written note lengths. I think of it as | Tip Top | Tip Top | where the bars are shorter time duration than the Green Sheep.
  4. The first syllable rhymes with bash (or lash). Note that French pronunciation is very even without a lot of stress on any syllable. Unlike English, any stress there is rarely accentuates the first syllable - much more usually the *last* one. So it's probably closer to Lash-en-al, or even Lash-en-AL.
  5. Hello Michael, Having once attended in person a session at the Ould Sod, I would have been quite interested, except that 6pm Pacific is 2am in the middle of the night here in England! Any chance of using Zoom to record the session, and make it (or parts of it) available as a video for a week, to allow for catch-up? Well done anyway for keeping a session going. As an aside, I'm still continuing my Virtual Greenshoots slow/improver sessions (https://pghardy.net/greenshoots/virtual/) on Mondays - Tomorrow will be lockdown session 66!
  6. Diclofenac gel has been available in Europe and the UK over the counter as brand Voltarol for several years, and I think now similarly in the US as Voltaren. It's an NSAID anti-inflammatory, like Ibruprofen but stronger. I've used it for arthritis relief on joints occasionally for years. Diclofenac is restricted to prescription when taken as tablets, but topical gel is said to be safer. Surprisingly, as someone who has had arthritic joint problems for 30 years, I find that playing the English concertina does not cause me problems. I think it can be a relatively low stress activity for the wrists, as bellows movement for me is a whole-hand movement from the upper arm, without flexing the wrists much. Usual caveats apply - I'm not a medic. Info is from my experience - you may differ. Anglo concertina ergonomics will be different to English.
  7. One sold at £1000, and the other had no bids at £800, and has been relisted at £760. Still no details.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 freely in the folk tradition. This is a different case from those professional musicians who have composed tunes, and need the income from copyright and selling books etc to keep them solvent. I try to take care not to include such tunes in my tunebooks, although occasionally a tune I thought was trad turns out to be current. With hindsight, I wish I'd kept records of the sources of the tunes I've included, but I didn't!
  13. 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 from JPG, PNG or PDF image. It exports to Midi or MusicXML, and reads and writes to cloud services like Dropbox. So I either take a photo on the iPad, or upload a PDF to Dropbox, run PlayScore (so I can hear the tune), then save the MusicXML to Dropbox. Then on my laptop I drag the XML from Dropbox onto EasyABC, which converts it to an ABC file I can edit further and save. It's a bit annoying that there doesn't seem to be a good PC app, but smartphone and tablet apps are where the developments are happening. It would be even better if it exported abc directly, but EasyABC (with its underlying tools) is a good free intermediary.
  14. 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 a copyright on his/her arrangement until 70 years after his/her death, but that only affects the arrangement, not the original tune. Caveat: I'm not a lawyer, and there are exceptions - see Non-Crown copyright flowchart 2015 (nationalarchives.gov.uk) for a good summary of the UK decision tree. In the USA the law regarding older works is much more complex - see circ15a.pdf (copyright.gov).
  15. 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,
  16. 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 Spiekermann & Ginger. These were on my bookshelf from years ago when I was programming typesetting of labels on digital maps, but both are still relevant.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
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