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Jeffries Duet On Ebay


Chris Timson
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Up until recently I would have said about 1000 pounds, which is what made them so attractive to the butchers. But the last couple I have seen have gone for rather more. This is probably a good thing as it shows they are being valued more for themselves. I hope so, anyway.

 

Chris

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I hasten to add that I would be interested in it as a duet!! _ I would not be modifying it other than to make sure it was in concert pitch - THough I'm sure that even that could spawn a long thread of its own!.

 

Clive.

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Could someone please explain to me the different between the Anglo and the Duet as I have never really understood it.

 

With thanks

Morgana :)

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Could someone please explain to me the different between the Anglo and the Duet as I have never really understood it.

English: Same note push and pull on any given button, but scale alternating evenly between the hands.

 

Anglo: Different notes push and pull (at least on most buttons). Some mid-range notes may be found in both hands, but that may be considered more of an accident than a design prinicple.

 

Duet (of which there are several different layouts, but all fitting this description): As with the English, the same note push and pull on any given button. But as with the anglo, low notes generally in the left hand, and high notes generally in the right hand. Also as with the anglo, there is always some overlap between the left-hand and right-hand ranges (from 3 notes on a 35-button Crane duet to 1½ chromatic octaves on an 80-button Maccann duet).

 

Brian Hayden's article contains keyboard-layout illustrations of various "duet" systems, though not all in examples with comparable ranges. (It also leaves out the Pitt Taylor designs and includes the Linton system, which is -- strictly speaking -- not a duet system, but those a quibbles. It's a good sampling.)

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Not knowing much about the Duet system by Jefferies, I have a question about this instrument. It appears that either the air buttons are played by the little finger or that the straps are on the wrong side. Which is the correct assumption? I guess I could have gone to one of Jim's referenced web sites, but out of laziness I pose the question here.

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It appears that either the air buttons...

Daniel, I think you're viewing it wrong. Everything looks normally placed to me.

The darker photo (31_1_b.jpg) is the right-hand end, with the air button by where the thumb should be.

The thumb button on the left-hand end (t2_1.jpg) would be just a regular note

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Its just that on most Anglos, the strap narrows down at the thumb end.

And on duets.

The straps in those pictures aren't pulled tight; they're both folded over at the thumb end, so the wider "middle" section is covering the folded-under narrower part.

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At the moment, it looks like Paul Groff has the high bid, so it looks likely to wind up in good hands.

Unfortunately I suspect that the real bidding for this item hasn't really started yet. But lets not start the 'last minute bidding/sniping' debate all over

 

Clive

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...lets not start the 'last minute bidding/sniping' debate all over

I'm trying to contact eSnipe, to see if they can automatically submit my debate entry during the last 7 seconds

... so that no one else will have time to overtop my arguments. :ph34r: ;)

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