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David Barnert

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    46-button Hayden Duet Concertina
    Morris, English Country, Contra Dance Music
    Classical and Early Music
    Day job: Anesthesiologist

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    Albany, NY, USA

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  1. David Barnert

    Keeping instrument dry in rain

    I found a picture of me using it:
  2. David Barnert

    Hayden Slant and Mirrored Sides

    From the Wicky manual:
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    For years I used this as my internet sig, until monospace fonts went out of style. ______ /\/\/\/\ <______> | | | | | David Barnert <______> | | | | | <davbarnert@aol.com> <______> | | | | | Albany, NY <______> \/\/\/\/ Ventilator Concertina Bellows Bellows (Vocation) (Avocation) (I’m an anesthesiologist)
  4. David Barnert

    See You Later Alligator

    The point is, don’t try to make a link out of it. Just type (or paste) the unformatted text of the url. Nice playing, by the way. I always worry when I don’t see something new from you in a while.
  5. David Barnert

    Hayden Slant and Mirrored Sides

    You might be interested to know that the original Kaspar Wicky layout from the 19th century was, indeed, mirrored.
  6. David Barnert

    Keeping instrument dry in rain

    I have a beach umbrella that I use for playing for Morris dancing in the rain. I call it my “music shed.” Not all beach umbrellas will work. The shaft is about an inch in diameter. It has a dull point at the bottom, which I put into my pants pocket after first passing it under my belt. Then I also hold it firmly between my chest and my upper arm (either side) to hold it steady. Three or four musicians can fit under it. In the past I’ve gotten them at BJ’s and Target. I needed a new one this year and could only find one small enough at Walmart.
  7. David Barnert


    I have to assume that you are arbitrarily (and not very clearly) assigning meanings to “upward” and “downward” as follows: downward = away from the side of greater air pressure (whether it be in the bellows or ambient air) upward = toward the side of greater air pressure In other words, in the same sense as “upstream” and “downstream” in the flow of air. But my question is what starts it moving “upward”? With that uncertainty, the rest of your explanation loses me.
  8. David Barnert


    Interesting. I read through it, but can’t say I understand it all despite having received an undergraduate degree in biophysics 40+ years ago and a firm grounding in fourier analysis. I don’t think I see anything above that answers this question: While air is flowing through the reed shoe and the reed bends in the direction the air is flowing, why does the reed then come back instead of staying bent until the air flow lets up?
  9. David Barnert

    Duet Recordings

    Or, to make an active link out of it: http://www.mellish.eu/Audio/Nick%20Robertshaw.zip
  10. David Barnert

    wtb Wakker W-2

    If I remember correctly, the Elise has the slant. So perhaps you have all the information you need.
  11. David Barnert

    wtb Wakker W-2

    A reasonable question, and I don’t have a well-thought-out answer. It’s just that I’ve been playing with the slant for over 30 years, now, and when I try an instrument with the parallel arrangement, I feel like I have to curl my ring and pinkie fingers so much that I can’t press the buttons as efficiently. I don’t know why the same isn’t true of my index and middle fingers on a slanted instrument. I guess my advice is not “get one with a slant,” but “try them both before making a decision.” Good luck with whatever you decide on.
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    Well, there’s this, my entry for Tune of the Month, October 2013:
  13. David Barnert

    wtb Wakker W-2

    Are you sure you want a W-2 rather than an H-2? Have you tried both arrangements? I much prefer my Wheatstone Hayden (46 buttons, slanted) to the Morse Beaumont (52 buttons, parallel).
  14. David Barnert

    Playing with Anna Magdalena

    Lovely, as always. I don’t know why I have never been able to satisfactorily play classical music on the Hayden.
  15. I expect you’ve already found it, but here it is: