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Several sites mention this but do not actually diagram it.

 

So what is the Irish version of Jeffries button layout?

 

I attach three diagrams I made from reading comments about it and wonder which is 'Irish layout' correct.

 

Secondly one author states he used Neol Hill's button layout, so what is that?

 

Thanks.

 

 

 

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Your first layout is the basic Jeffries layout and of the three, it is the one I would choose for Irish music. However, because I don’t use d# all that much I would change right hand side top row first button on left to a c# both directions. 
 

Noel experiments with a bunch of different layouts. What he recommends for students is the right side as I have described and the left side with a low A in place of the low F on the first button top row and a D (same as middle button pull note on left) on the first button on G row on the pull.

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10 hours ago, Wally Carroll said:

Your first layout is the basic Jeffries layout and of the three, it is the one I would choose for Irish music. However, because I don’t use d# all that much I would change right hand side top row first button on left to a c# both directions. 
 

Noel experiments with a bunch of different layouts. What he recommends for students is the right side as I have described and the left side with a low A in place of the low F on the first button top row and a D (same as middle button pull note on left) on the first button on G row on the pull.

Thank you Wally.  That explains Noel Hill's recommended layout very well. Below my reading of your directions, which may save some typing.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Wally Carroll said:

Yeah that looks correct. The idea for the left side is that you have the same push/pull note locations for the A G and D notes on the two left most buttons in each row. Pull on first button and push on second button. 

Thank you Wally. I can now publish Noel Hill's layout on my Flicker page :0)

 

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48 minutes ago, Stephen Chambers said:

 

Yes, like I've mentioned in another thread, it's called the "Mary Mac"[Namara] layout here (in Ireland) and it has the major advantage of being playable no matter what C# layout you normally use.

??  I understand the third C#''.  --Still not sure a third D' is an enhancement.  I think I would appreciate a D an octave lower in place of the deleted F.  An F# an octave lower would also be interesting to try.  

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4 hours ago, David Lay said:

??  I understand the third C#''.  --Still not sure a third D' is an enhancement.  I think I would appreciate a D an octave lower in place of the deleted F.  An F# an octave lower would also be interesting to try.  

 

Sorry, I was very tired when I posted that.

 

The third D, on the first button of the G row, is actually standard on most Anglos in original condition, but it's really something more appropriate for vamping an accompaniment on 2-row German concertinas than melodic playing on the low end of a 3-row Anglo, and I'd automatically convert it (by weighting) to draw A for Irish players. (Indeed, you'll find traditional Irish harmonica players tend to prefer the bottom-end melodic set-up of Far-Eastern tremolo harmonicas, over the vamping set-up of German ones.)

 

But in the "Noel Hill" diagram the draw A is on the first button of the third row, when it would be very easy to tune the customary low F to your low F#.

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I agree with Stephen that there was a third D on the draw on the last button of the LH inside row. (Same as Lachenals)

I too have changed it to a low A by loading it with a dab of solder.

In addition I have seen an A/D# instead of A/Bflat on the second last button on the LH outside row. Seems like a strange choice but perhaps has something to do with chording. Anyone got views on this?

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9 hours ago, Shayfogs said:

I too have changed it to a low A by loading it with a dab of solder.

 

And I did it, yet again, on one only last night...

 

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In addition I have seen an A/D# instead of A/Bflat on the second last button on the LH outside row. Seems like a strange choice but perhaps has something to do with chording. Anyone got views on this?

 

As a matter of fact I do Shay - in the meantone tuning that Jeffries used Eb and D# are two different notes, with around half a semitone between them, and you'll find the reeds are stamped accordingly. So, though Bb was the norm there, some players/original purchasers preferred to have an Eb in addition to the D#.

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