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David Barnert

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  1. Congratulations on finding it. I’ve quoted it a few times in recent years and it always takes me a few searches to find it.
  2. You did nothing wrong. BBC content isn’t generally playable outside the UK (but you can fool it if you have a VPN).
  3. I didn’t. Long story short: I got lucky. While I was on such a waiting list (for a 55-key Wheatstone), the Wheatstone 46 that has been my “main squeeze” since 1994 became available from a previous owner. Before that I was playing a Bastari 46, which were abundantly available when I got mine in 1987.
  4. You’re overthinking it. If you want an instrument that can play everything, get a chromatic button accordion. If you want something more compact than that, there will have to be trade-offs. Don’t forget that lots of low notes means lots of big reeds and your maker will have to find a place to put them. I’ve been playing a 46-key Hayden for over 35 years and am perfectly happy. I used to think I’d like more keys, but every time I pick one up I find the array so large that I don’t instinctively know where my fingers are without looking or hearing. Larger instruments also require more work to pump the bellows and are more prone to require minor repairs. After trying an 82-key Hayden I commented: Sure, there are keys I avoid and times I wish I had more octaves to play with, but like I said: trade-offs. To get stuff I don’t have I’d have to give up stuff I do, and at this point I don’t think the trade would be worth it. BTW, the 82 was bought by Jim Bayliss in Texas.
  5. In a word, very. I can only speak about the Hayden duet system. Thirty-six years ago, Rich Morse put one in my hands and out came a tune. I had previously played many other instruments but no squeezeboxes.
  6. Nonsense! There’s absolutely no relationship between music and money. They virtually never cross paths.
  7. I don’t know the piece, but I do know that a lot of music that has been attributed to Pergolesi turns out not to be. See: The Pergolesi Puzzle
  8. He has had some health Issues over the past few years. There have been several threads on this theme, and they all seem to suggest that the best way to reach him is by phone. In reverse chronologic order (most recent first), here are three threads: Query re Mark Lloyd-Adey service Restoration parts supplies Any news on Mark Lloyd-Adey?
  9. I have come to believe that this tune, in becoming a fiddle tune from a song, has become transformed. I think, for instance, that the initial bouncing up and down the D major arpeggio in the first few measures, was added by a fiddler looking for something interesting to do with the tune. Likewise at the end of the A and B sections. Some 40+ years ago I heard a traditional string band play it and after a few times through the tune, one of them started singing this on the A section: Tony Parkes once pointed out to me that you can often tell if a tune used to be a song by checking to see if the title fits the rhythm of the notes at the beginning or end of the tune. Mairi’s Wedding does. Spootiskerry doesn’t. This one does (if you sing it the way I’ve notated it).
  10. I was critical of this performance when it was posted a few years ago (and still am), but it is what it is.
  11. You need two hands to work a Limberjack. Jody’s hands are otherwise engaged.
  12. Chemnitzer concertinas an Bandoneons both have that general appearance. I don’t know enough about either of them to venture a guess as to what this is, but at least now you have something to google.
  13. Well, if this a concertina, it’s the only concertina that has buttons that are pressed in a perpendicular direction to the axis of the bellows. But, of course, if it’s a melodeon, it’s the only one with a hexagonal cross-section.
  14. In 2005 I was traveling in Belgium and saw one of these in two different museums (the Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels and the Gruuthuis in Brugge). I had no idea what it was and neither museum provided much of an explanation, but there was a reference at the Gruuthuis to internal bellows and reeds, so I posted about it here and Rich Morse identified it as a Melophone.
  15. Could it be a different red one? According to the quote I provided above, Robin’s red one was made for Rex Dunham’s father, who also had a black one and a light blue one, made at different times. Perhaps the family in this quote had an altogether different trio of instruments, red, white, and blue.
  16. Don’t worry. Bubb’s Barbecue is still open (actually, they’re closed now for the month of January). Three miles down the road. I never went to the Button Box without also stopping there.
  17. I was about to ask about the story behind Robin’s instrument (I thought I could make out the name “Crabb” etched on the label) when I found this on the youtube page, posted 2 years ago by Rex Dunham:
  18. I hate hearing stories about people who have had Steve Dickinson make instruments for them since I put two significant payments toward a 55-button Hayden Aeola from him 30 years ago and have heard next to nothing from him since.
  19. I should start to by saying that I don’t play Anglo, but I have been reading concertina.net and hanging around fellow concertina players for decades. That said, two things I would point out: 30 buttons is plenty for an Anglo. You’ve played a 40, so you know what it can do. Is the difference really worth the extra weight, expense, and difficulty finding one? You’ve considered new hybrids, but have you considered looking for a classic vintage instrument? They come up for sale frequently. I know nothing about what it would take to get one into China.
  20. I would go on to say (as I have said before) that the most effective harmonies are made up not of piles of simultaneous notes that we call chords, but of musical lines, melodies, that complement the tune and might (or might not) line up to form chords. A music theory professor I had in college said “If you have a good line you can get away with murder."
  21. Somebody once joked that the difference between Northern Week at Ashokan and Western/Swing week at Ashokan is that at Western/Swing week everybody plays the same chords and different tunes, while at Northern Week, everybody plays the same tunes and different chords.
  22. According to Wikipedia it was published in 1916. Do you know Les Barker’s parody, “The Sloop John A”?
  23. ENTs were the last ones I remember using them, perhaps in the 1980s, before the advent of fiberoptics. Up on the forehead like that was the resting position. The round part was a concave mirror with a hole in the center. To use it, the doctor flipped it down in front of their eye and looked through the hole while shining a light (originally a candle) toward the mirror. This focused the light in the same direction the doc was looking (down the patient’s throat, or wherever).
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