JimLucas Posted May 27, 2011 Share Posted May 27, 2011 ...a short article on Charles Linton and the key layout for the Linton Duet System ("Lintophone"), which appeared in The Concertina Newsletter, Issue No. 11 (April 1973). I'd like to see that article. I have only ever encountered 2 Linton system concertinas... I've only ever encountered one. At the time it was in Neil Wayne's possession, and I assume that's the one now in the Horniman collection. I have often wondered whether it was the only one ever made, so I find it very interesting that you've seen more than one. Can you tell us anything about the persons who played them, or even those owned them (if they weren't players)? ...both of which had the same number of buttons in each row, unlike the instrument in question [in this other thread]. That "instrument in question" definitely has a Maccann layout. I think the Linton entered that discussion in a rather strange way, but since it did, I'd like to correct a frequently repeated mistake: In concept, the Linton keyboard layout is not a "duet" system. I.e., It does not have the lower notes in one hand and the higher notes in the other hand. There is no overlap between the two hands. It does not have a full scale in each hand. Rather, the scale (in all octaves) is split between the two hands. In this respect it is conceptually much like the "English" system, though in other details it differs. (There is no separation of the accidentals into the "outer" columns, and there are no enharmonic duplications.) It does have the bar-and-strap system for holding it, but that doesn't define a duet. With a 6-wide layout in each hand, they combine to form 12-wide rows, each of which includes all 12 notes of a chromatic octave. Each 12-wide row is identical to all the others, except that each is a different octave. Of course each hand has the same number of buttons, since each contains half the notes in every octave. And as in the English, the low, middle, and high notes are equally distributed between the two hands, so there's no inequality in the distribution of reed sizes between the two hands, which is the main reason for having fewer buttons in the left hand than in the right on real duets. Here is the Linton layout, linked in from "A Chat With Brian Hayden" on concertina.com: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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