Anglo-Irishman Posted July 4, 2008 Share Posted July 4, 2008 Folks, My recent obsession with the idea of taking up the Crane duet system has prompted me to do some research. I now know that there is a version of this with only 35 buttons. Both left and right-hand layouts are identical to the lower ends of the larger layouts. I notice that the bass just has one fully chromatic octave plus two notes, and the right a chromatic octave and a half (middle C to G). I was wondering whether something like this would be desirable (there's one on Ebay now, but it looks like a restoration project). Obviously, it would give me an idea of how the Crane system works - and more important, how well I could work with it. And the investment would probably be moderate. The layout being a true subset of the larger models, upward migration should be relatively easy, if it works for me. My question is, however, how much real music you can make with a 35-k Crane? I would assume that baroque polyphony is too ambitious for it, and obviously one is limited in the voicing of chords in the bass, with each note only available in one octave. And one would probably have to be careful what key to choose for a tune, to keep in within the compass of the right-hand buttons. But I could imagine playing folk songs or simple hymns with a chord accompaniment that is at least as complex as you can play on the guitar at the open position. Has anyone had any experience of playing - or listening to - small Cranes, and are there music styles for which they are adequate? Cheers, John Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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