Richard Morse Posted February 5, 2008 Share Posted February 5, 2008 Yes, I've been talking with the guy for a couple of weeks now. Interesting that his "Hayden" layout is not horizontal but is slanted like the right hand of a Hayden concertina is.... I'm not sure I like the slant in a prone version as that means that it's a completely symmetrical instrument in that both hands have access to exactly the same notes rather than being an octave apart. It also means that both hands are twisted in different (relatively) directions. Also because the tines are all the same cross section, they need to get appreciably longer for the lower notes which means that the distance between notes becomes progressive closer the higher the notes get. Probably not a big deal, but I really like the uniformity of having the actuators (buttons, keys, tines) all the same distance apart. I suggested to him that he weight the ends of the tines to made them uniformly distant and to increase the stiffness of the lower noted ones (apparently the low notes are undesirably soft) to get improved performance. I had been toying around (only in the thinking/sketching stages) with a prone Hayden lamellaphone for a few years though my tine arrangement was such the the octaves of notes were secured on top of each other which had the added benefit of closer fingering and smaller instrument. One of the reasons why those Array people have such large spacing is due to each tine being secured separately... and probably was the reason why the "keyboard" arrangement slants? -- Rich -- Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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