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  1. Thanks, I missed this the first time around and I like the idea of an Elise-2.
  2. I know that both Frank Edgley and the Button Box have made Ab/Eb concertinas in the past.
  3. Is this something that you heard from the Concertina Connection?
  4. Michael Eskin has made a number of concertina emulators that play on iPads. He has Anglo, EC and Hayden duet versions - no Crane emulator, but the Hayden is conceptually similar. You can find them via: https://apps.apple.com/us/developer/michael-eskin/id342739369 You can use these to get a feel for the different instruments, and maybe you could even use them right now in your music productions... I will also give a little plug for the concertina sound font that you can find at the bottom of my posts. Maybe you can use this in your production software - it is an
  5. I am not an Anglo player, but I will point out that Anglo concertinas are available with different key centres/home keys. Sadly, this does not seem to be the case with duets or ECs although there may be a few around. The common C/G Anglo is readily playable in C, G and D, but you can get G/D, A/E and probably other key sets too. If singing accompaniment is important then an Ab/Eb will give you Ab, Eb and Bb with the same fingering patterns as a C/G playing C, G and D. Basically, you can play in multiple keys on an Anglo as long as you buy multiple instruments. Modul
  6. David I would be interested in seeing the book that contains that arrangement, is it available online?
  7. This may not be important but just because two notes are enharmonically equivalent does not mean that they are equivalent as far as Hayden patterns are concerned. For example, if you only have an Eb and not a D# then a B major chord requires a long stretch for the little finger on the LHS. Is this going to be a home build?
  8. In Canada, at least, you can get an "Identification of Articles for Temporary Exportation" by visiting Canada Customs with the instrument before leaving the country. This is what mine looks like:
  9. By small interval I mean the intervals smaller than, say, a seventh. Do you try to play both notes on the RHS whenever possible, or do you stick to playing single notes on the RHS and play all of the harmony on the LHS? Or some sort of mixture of these two stategies?
  10. This, plus the bellows and their sensor are the hard parts. I went down this path a few years ago and eventually gave up when I realised that, basically, I would have to build almost every part of a real concertina except the reeds, but with additional electronics. The switches are a real bear as they have to be able to sustain tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of vigorous pushes without failing or shorting internally. The only commercially available switches that I could find that could do this job were the Cherry brand switches made for computer gamer keyboards.
  11. https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-is-keyboard-ghosting/
  12. The problem with Pelican cases (I have one) and Nanuk cases is that there is an invisible label on the side that reads "Steal Me! I am full of expensive camera gear!". Whereas the invisible label on these cases reads "Stay Away! There is a rusty WWII bomb inside!"
  13. I spent some time today experimenting with Playscore 2 on an Android device. I found that it performs really well on scores that have been typeset, for example it seemed flawless in interpreting some of Gary Coover's books. It was also amazingly fast. However, it was pretty bad at interpreting some songbooks that I have that were hand-written rather than typeset. These books were well-produced and the scores were written very clearly in a consistent style that I thought should have been recognisable by an OMR scanner. I suspect that the speed comes because
  14. I have a Crabb TT EC that has "H. Crabb Maker Liverpool Rd London" on the cartouche. From the number (14031) Geoff dated it as from sometime in the 1950s. It is has raised metal ends with a similar, but much more ornate, version of the fretwork.
  15. David Just to followup on my earlier comment about transcribing 'by hand' from a score to ABC. You do not have to be a fluid music notation reader to do this, God knows I am not one and never will be. But it is quite easy to read and transcribe, rather than to read and play, and in the process you do learn to read sheet music a little. I suggest that you print a copy of a simple tune and simply go through it note by note and pencil the ABC value for each note underneath the note. Once you have got a few bars notated then enter those into an ABC program and play it b
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