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David Hornett

31 Button 5 3/4 Inch C/g

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Hi all,

 

I have been a little busy lately; here is why:

 

A 5 3/4 inch 31 button c/g, 1.1 kgs. loud and fast. Sounds absolutely fantastic, better than any other I have made — Chris' tips have certainly paid off.

(Alongside a 30 button Jones to give an idea of size).
Button spacing and distance from the palm rests have been maintained to be the same as a standard Lachenal, but if you look closely on the right hand side, to keep symmetry of design (the thylacine's noses), one of the buttons is moved slightly out of position.
Banksia, Huon, King Billy, Casuarina buttons with Tassie 'roo skin for bellows and pads. Took a bit of an effort to get the long bass reeds in.
Hopefully the photo bucket links below work:
David

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Yes, enormous fun, and by far the greatest is the bellows construction, it's like magic when they emerge from the jig, something apparently so big and with so many bits and pieces glued together that can compress to something so small, the fellow (man or woman) who made the first set was a genius in my opinion.

 

Reed making is also great fun, although tinged with tedium, each instrument up until the last two has had a slightly different reed profile. In the last two I just file them, twang them on the jig until they sound right and seem to have the right resistance and move on to the next one: a much quicker process than file, measure, file measure ..., and they sound better for it too. I now check the pitch after I file to the right pressure and consistency, I no longer file to a pitch. When the reed seems 'right', pressure and 'twang', the pitch is checked, and then the reed is sharpened or flattened to the closest pitch: a much easier process by far.

 

PS: be careful not to judge an instrument by its wood.

 

Thank you Dana.

 

David

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Oddly, reed making has become my favorite part. Your sense of touch is a remarkable tool. Like electronic tuners, measurements are best used to teach you what " feels "/ sounds right, your ears and fingers tell you much more than the other equipment.

Dana

Ps. I judge an instrument by its sound and playing characteristics if they are great, I give the wood some credit. If they are bad, the maker gets the blame

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In reviewing all the photos of your various creations, I caught myself saying, "I like your sense of style and invention" Are there any soundclips available anywhere to get a sense for how these sound? I guess your comment about sound sums it up nicely: judging "an instrument by its sound and playing characteristics if they are great, I give the wood some credit. If they are bad, the maker gets the blame." Good for you!

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Thank you CrP.

 

The best i can do is a computer mike recording on Garage Band in the kitchen -- still with two warbling valves I am afraid. Sorry about the playing, I don't normally play concertina and don't cross row. Below is the 'Soundcloud' address of the sample.

 

David

 

https://soundcloud.com/wasplike/tiger-27042017-828-pm.

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