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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2015, 04:05:36 PM »

Helena, will you be bringing it to Sidmouth or Shrewsbury festivals?
Just being nosey....  ;)
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Sidders and Towersey in my case but yes, the plan is to take it, sorry her, pretty much everywhere.  I'm sure she'll make it to the Blackmore Gardens bar at some point - isn't that where you chaps hang out?
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2015, 06:27:05 PM »

Jeff--not to get too far off your original subject, but if you are looking for 1) small and 2) low pitch, did you try the Morse ESB? Plus you get your accidentals back.  And/or GC Lilly's are not much larger….
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2015, 06:41:08 PM »

Helena,
I'm working on the bar this year at the Blackmore Gardens dance tent serving some of Devonshire's best ales and ciders at very reasonable prices. It looks like our paths are bound to cross, probably over a pint  :|glug
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2015, 06:53:58 PM »

Unless they changed the original setup it really is thirds and fifths.
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Thanks Cooper - then my ears don't deceive me. I'd probably prefer firsts and fifths TBH but there you go.

It is easier to jump from one box to another if it is firts and fifths, but really, thirds and fifths is worth trying out. It offers some nice options. A simple one: combining your D-bass, with your Em chord gives you a G-chord on the pull. Another,..really simple one: your D-chord-button is actually an F#m-chord. That's one i always missed on a regular 2r8b.

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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #24 on: June 09, 2015, 07:05:15 PM »

To get back to the original question about response time.

I had a Giordy with the higher octave G/C tuning. It was not at all nose-bleed pitch, but I did notice that even on this one, you could tell the lower pitches were responding ever so slightly slower. I would be nervous about the lower octave G/C.
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #25 on: June 09, 2015, 07:10:37 PM »

Lower pitch reeds = more are required, so that would be another factor to consider with a small bellows.
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #26 on: June 09, 2015, 10:00:55 PM »

Back on the original post, now I can see what the fuss is about… the price of a Giordy is not (too) much above Hohner one-row territory… Yipes!
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2015, 01:12:58 AM »

Thanks to everyone for the useful information, cautionary tips, and interesting digressions. I profited from all the posts. Evidence seems to be building that a D/G in the lower octave will suit my needs the best, and that is probably the way I will go. I agree with Steve C. that the Morse ESB (which was demonstrated for me on a recent visit to the Button Box by Doug) makes beautiful sounds, but I am intimidated by the prospect of starting at the bottom of yet another learning curve.

I look forward to joining the Giordy fringe, and I appreciate, once again, the contributions of Melnet to my enlightenment about things diatonic.
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2015, 04:40:32 PM »

Re the Chords I have recieved today from Castagnari the following:

With reference to your question, we are informing you that Giordy’s chords are made of 3rd and 5th.

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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2015, 04:48:58 PM »

Now I want one too -  a low D/G would be perfect.
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #30 on: June 10, 2015, 05:17:50 PM »

Now I want one too -  a low D/G would be perfect.
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2015, 06:46:39 PM »

Now I want one too -  a low D/G would be perfect.
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2015, 06:49:37 PM »

What's this halibut then? You'll be re-naming the Wesson Clipper next!
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2015, 11:26:28 PM »

Has to be the Wesson Kipper - smokin....... ;D
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2015, 11:59:17 AM »

There you go, someone had to say it  :D
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #35 on: June 11, 2015, 01:11:50 PM »

"portable annoyance machine" captures the essence.
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #36 on: June 11, 2015, 02:19:24 PM »

I would like have one Giordy too!  ::) And so go to convert it to the brazillian tuning. Here in the PDF the notes.
I get thinking so which part of keyboards I would choose, because the reduced number of buttons.

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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #37 on: June 11, 2015, 09:02:13 PM »

This may be of interest to other Giordy owners and this seems as good a place as any to post it, for the perfectly-proportioned padded Giordy-sized case for the not-so-princely sum of £6.50 try this camera case from Amazon.

The Giordy fits perfectly and the case provides plenty of protection without making the whole package so bulky that you can't bung it in your rucksack for portable annoyance purposes  :|||:
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #38 on: June 12, 2015, 06:36:23 PM »

Would this be a viable layout for low DG?
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Re: Questions about the Castagnari Giordy
« Reply #39 on: June 12, 2015, 06:57:06 PM »

Mine is effectively second button start on the G row and first on the - i.e, both rows start with the D. And you have six buttons on each row.
That is determined by the physical layout of the buttons, from the same view the D row starts one button to the right of the G row (and ends one to the right). So you'd need to take that into account.

Beyond that - no idea. I would suspect it depends how busy they are and how long you want to wait. And how good your Italian is.  ;D
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