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Bob Ellis

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Keyboard Layout
« on: November 17, 2008, 09:41:01 AM »

Hi Theo,

Talking to John Spiers and Steve Dumpleton at Melodeons at Witney this weekend, they suggested I contact you about posting a keyboard layout on I devised a new layout a few years ago and Castagnari built me a prototype box utilising this layout. Since then, I have had another box converted to the same configuration. Other people who have tried it have ordered similar boxes and I was asked by a couple of people at Sidmouth this year if I would post it on Since then a couple more people have made the same request, so I am writing to you to ask whether I may do so and, if so, how I should go about it.

I have already drawn out the layout in Microsoft Word in a similar style (but not quite the same) to the keyboard layouts already posted on the site. This is a three row configuration with three full octaves on the D and G rows and a full row of accidentals. The accidental row also contains the notes to enable all the notes in D and G to be played in both directions (i.e. C, C# and E on the push and D on the pull). This makes it easier to play triplets and righthand chords.

Best wishes,
Bob Ellis
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Re: Keyboard Layout
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008, 10:03:01 AM »

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your kind offer, but please bear in mind that you are one of many who have devised their own keyboard layout.
I suggest you post it first to the forum where members can see it and discuss it.  It would also help if you could explain the principles which guided your choices.

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