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Offline kewald

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McIntyre Ecole
« on: July 07, 2021, 11:19:49 AM »
Accidently found this patent page image that shows the names of the McIntyre keys.
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Re: McIntyre Key names
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2021, 08:47:26 PM »
Awesome! Great scoop.
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Re: McIntyre Ecole
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2021, 09:48:48 AM »
I've changed the subject form McIntyre Key Names to McIntyre Ecole.  Because I'm now referring to my McIntyre Ecole.


The one I bought on Ebay is in good shape.  Clean, corks and pads all look usable.  So, I tried test playing it as is.  Wouldn't play below D3.  Suspected leak in the upper pads.  Watched what the many McIntry levers do and discovered one adjustment screw that was allowing the A3 and G#3 pads to open slightly when the thumb ring is pressed.  These should stay closed then, only opening when the thurmb ring is not pressed, such as when playing those two notes.  Tightened the adjustment screw about 1/2 turn and voila, it played better.


But, then the E3 sounded stuffy.  Caused by some mis-adjustment in the crows foot and spatulas down there.  Now all three registers play quite well!


I've already ordered a complete set of pads for it, but they'll just go into inventory.


Think I'll keep this one for myself.  It'll be interesting learning the McIntyre fingerings.
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Re: McIntyre Ecole
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2021, 11:19:59 AM »
Found a good tune to use in learning the McIntyre fingerings.  Caravan in the key of F.  Uses all of them repeatedly.
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Re: McIntyre Ecole
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2021, 10:42:24 AM »
Well, I thought I had the keying down, only to discover that the very top pad wasn't connected to it's spring, thus not opening.


To fix it I had to pull the hinge rod completely out, remove the key and bend the spring, then put the key back and thread that long rod through three adjoining hinge tubes and into the pivot hole in the key below that.  I now see why someone mentioned the difficulty with working with the springs on these keys.

Here's what notes I think the McIntyre keys play: (leave the thumb ring open)
Bottom ring closed - G#
Bottom and middle ring closed - A
Middle and top ring closed - A
All three rings closed - A to Bb
All three rings closed and register key open - Bb to B

« Last Edit: July 12, 2021, 12:01:48 PM by kewald »
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