Planning

Sometime, 2003

When I originally became interested in concertinas, I wanted a duet. However, they were expensive, somewhat rare, and rumored to be very difficult to play (except for the completely unobtainable Hayden duet). I finally settled on an english... but when I set out to build one, I decided to build a duet. As long as I was building it from scratch, I thought I might as well use a sane key layout, so I settled on a 48 button modified Hayden layout. It's modified because I didn't want to commit to building the action, reed pan, etc., for the number of buttons in a full Hayden Duet. And also because I generally prefer smaller & lighter instruments.

Here's a picture of the layout I decided on:

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