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David Barnert

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  1. Do you ever pass through Albany (an hour and a half drive) with your concertina? Maybe we could meet. The closest I generally ever get to Jordanville is the Glimmerglass opera.
  2. Wow. That’s an expression I haven’t read since the old “rec.music.makers.squeezebox” days 20+ years ago, when we shared a platform with the accordion players!
  3. Sounds like fun. Is there a link to a recording? I hope you washed your hands before picking up the concertina. 😉
  4. That’s closer to an open fire than I’d ever want my concertina to get!
  5. It was for many years, when BarFly was a viable (and the best!) option for using abc on a Mac. Unfortunately, for the last 10 years (since OS X 10.7 Lion) there has been no way to make BarFly compatible with Mac systems. Both the original version of the sound font and BarFly were created by Phil Taylor. Don Taylor (no relation) tuned up the sound font.
  6. When Jim Plamondon first introduced his “Thummer” (a sort-of electronic Hayden that never really got off the ground) 16 years ago, he expected most people would want the mirrored version (uni-) and offered the bi- as an option for people who already played the Hayden. I have discovered the same thing with the tabor pipe (a 3-hole pennywhistle with a range of an octave and a half that you play with one hand while beating a drum with the other). If I learn a tune while playing it with my left hand (the traditional way to play it) I find I don’t have to relearn it when playing with my right hand. But this is not important to me while playing the Hayden. I rarely play melodies with my left hand and on the rare occasions that I play a tune in parallel octaves I have no trouble doing it on the bidirectional layout. You are correct. As Don mentioned above, nobody else is making them that way. Also correct (except for the “always” part). I, myself, couldn’t imagine being content with 36 keys. I have 46 and find it limiting in flat keys. But keep in mind, the more keys, the more likelihood of mechanical failure, especially in extreme temperatures. Also, more keys make it easier to get lost and put your fingers on the wrong keys.
  7. I think you’re right. I have no familiarity with the Troubadour and only first looked at the web site just now. As I understand it, from the diagrams as they currently appear on the site, the two versions of the instrument differ only as to whether the left hand keys are oriented similarly to the right hand keys (bidirectional) or mirror-image (unidirectional). In both cases they are an octave below the corresponding keys on the right. To be clear: • The right hand layouts are the same in both versions. • In both versions the rows of keys (on both sides) are parallel to the hand rest, as opposed to the 10.5 degree slant that Hayden specified here. • Note that although Wakker and others use the names “Hayden” and “Wicki” to differentiate between the slanted and straight keyboards, respectively, it is also the case that the instrument Kaspar Wicky designed had the “unidirectional” left hand keys, while the instrument Brian Hayden designed had the “bidirectional” left hand keys. If I’m not mistaken (interpreting both Don and Wim correctly), I’m saying the same thing Don said, above.
  8. Not sure what "1 x 1 3/4” means in this context, but I googled "oval head chrome brass screws” and came up with dozens of suppliers, for instance, this. If you can express the size screw you want as a #, as listed on the site, you should be able to find what you need.
  9. You’re welcome, and thank YOU for showing me the possibilities I missed in the tune. Ahh, memories. That (10 posts above in this thread or in the expired thread Didie referred to) was my first youtube, 8 years ago. I opened my youtube account for this entry in “Tune of the Month” because others had already submitted audio recordings of the tune where they played both parts dubbed together, and I had to make it clear that I was playing both parts at the same time. But it took me many takes to achieve a mistake-free performance, and to this day I don’t know if I could play the 4th measure (with the running 8th notes in both hands) flawlessly as many times in one take as you did. Bravo!
  10. Hard cases are generally recommended because you want the bellows to be held in a closed position. If you’re going to go with a soft case it’s a good idea to have a soft strap (velcro?) to wrap around the instrument when it’s in its case to hold the bellows closed.
  11. I have flown with my concertina (valuable Wheatstone) for decades without problems. There are two airport security-related warnings that I ran across many years ago and have mentioned here many times that are worth repeating (for entertainment value, if nothing else). I have no idea how serious they are. They are a little nutty, but believable. If security asks you what it is, answer the question without using the word “concertina.” Being short for “concertina wire,” which can be used as a weapon, the word “concertina” is on the list of things which must be confiscated. When placing the instrument, in its case, on the conveyor belt for the X-ray scanner, do not place it with the ends on the top and bottom. The bellows should be horizontal. If the bellows are axial to the path of the X-rays, the image of the levers radiating out from the keys will look confusingly like a cluster bomb.
  12. Yes, but in the case of a stolen concertina, somebody has to first suspect that it is stolen and then it has to find its way to a police station. I would think most stolen concertinas are in the hands of thieves or unsuspecting buyers, and thus will never be screened for SmartWater.
  13. If you have a smartphone, there are dozens of metronome apps out there. Many are free, all are inexpensive, and some must have the sound you’re looking for (a digital recording of an analog sound, if not an analog sound). The one I have (Tempo, on an iPhone) sounds like a wooden xylophone.
  14. OK, how’s this, made from what I hear Alan playing in the above? Even as deliberate as Alan’s playing here is, I had to make an editorial decision or two, and someone else might transcribe it differently, but this should get you going. “D.C al Fine” means go back to the beginning (Da Capo) and end where the “Fine” (“end”) is. Added a day later: At the moment, my browser is only showing me the first 2 lines of the tune, with the bottom inch grayed out. If you click on the image, you’ll see the whole thing. DB
  15. I use a standard iPad. The page is only about 5.8” x 7.8” but the fact that it’s backlit more than makes up for the smaller size, and I find that I have no trouble reading even dense cello parts of string quartets.
  16. Well, it’s not a Hayden (the rows aren’t staggered) or an English. It looks new, so unlikely to be a Maccann or Crane. My guess is a 30-button Anglo. If you saw this scene in action, did anything about the bellows work suggest bisonoric vs. unisonoric?
  17. Just read a review of the program, “Only Murders in the Building” now streaming on Hulu and starring Steve Martin and Martin Short. The review, by Doreen St. Felix, appears in the current (September 27) issue of The New Yorker on page 89, and contains this excerpt: We all knew SM played the banjo (and very well, too). Anybody knew he played the concertina? I haven’t seen any of the episodes yet. I tried googling “Steve Martin concertina” and dozens of video links came up, but it seems it's another Steve Martin.
  18. I play cello, guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, pennywhistles, recorders, pipe & tabor, and concertina. The most recent is the concertina, although it’s now been over 30 years. Once I started playing the concertina, all the other “folkie” instruments went on the back burner. I had found what I was looking for.
  19. I was thinking the same thing. He certainly doesn’t seem to be using his legs to add energy to the system, and I don’t think he’s pulling up with his thumbs, which would seem to leave pushing down as the only way to add energy. Note near the end of the 2nd video where all the musical activity is in the left hand, there is still movement in the bellows on the right, but it appears to follow the relaxation of the right arm.
  20. As I suspected, the answer is: There is no real answer. If you want a few of each, you might order, say, three right-hand springs and three left-hand springs, and you’ll get just what you want. But if you want unbalanced numbers, or all the same, it’s probably best to describe unmistakably what you want without referring to right-hand springs or left-hand springs.
  21. I don’t know how Maccanns are laid out, but here’s a whole web site devoted to them. Your answer must be in here somewhere. http://www.concertina.com/maccann-duet/index.htm
  22. I just reread the introductory note I wrote all those years ago (we published it in January, 2004) and I think it’s worth reproducing the first paragraph here. It makes the point I was trying to make just above.
  23. As we learned many years ago, Alan doesn’t think in terms of sheet music. And if he hasn’t written it down, I doubt anybody else has. I transcribed all the tunes for his Anglo tutor 18 years ago. It was a lot of work and involved a lot of back-and-forth between me and Alan because he doesn’t feel a need to play a tune exactly the same way each time (and rightly so!). I think you’re going to have to learn it by ear or learn to take musical dictation (both worthwhile and rewarding goals).
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