Parcel #1 has arrived!

As you may recall, I received #2 first, back on May 21. Parcel #1 finally hit my doorstep June 25...a full month later. That's 6 days delivery for parcel #2 and 45 days to deliver parcel #1 (both shipped the same day). Ain't the mail system a wonderful thing!! :-/

To recap, Parcel #1 contains:

Carl Fischer’s New And Revised Edition of Celebrated Tutors (1890)
Sherwood’s Imperial Diagram Method for the Banjo (1892)
Van Eps Banjo Solos (1923)
Whitney-Warner Mandolin and Guitar Collection #11 (1912)
The Remick Mandolin and Guitar Collection #12 (1913)
The Remick Mandolin and Guitar Collection #17b (1916)
The Remick Mandolin and Guitar Collection #18b (1917)
The Remick Mandolin and Guitar Collection #19b (1918)
Turner’s Banjo Journal #7
Turner’s Banjo Monthly #11
Brooks and Denton Gems #1 (1892)

I have pretty much gotten the new 'hotrod' PC sorted, all my files have been recovered (except for email) and I'm back on the verge of getting these things properly digitized. I need to build a working platform for the camera/sheet music setup (so I can comfortably sit whilst shooting, turn pages, handle fragile books, etc.). My lovely wife has offered to clear out space in her hobby room (plus the use of her desk) that I might be able to work in a "cat-free" environment. The cats tend to be very interested in whatever one does...sitting comfortably right in the middle of your work being one of their favorite occupations. Being able to close the door...big help!

I also received my copy of Adobe Acrobat 9.0 yesterday, so I'll be 'officially' .pdf capable. The previous computer had an, um, 'escaped from the office' version on it. ;-)

I've been exploring things like Smartscore and Finale as well and may end up with a multi-tiered system for this stuff: photograph, OCR via Smartscore, TAB via MIDI from Smartscore to TablEdit and then either Acrobat or Finale to clean everything up and add in markings not available in TablEdit. Yeah, it sounds complicated but I believe once I have everything in place it should reduce my "hands on" time to produce TAB from Notation by a significant amount.

Yes...I'm still working on the Grimshaw stuff, teaching myself to sightread notation. However, I still have it in my head to make all this lovely music available to the TAB reading public.

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Comment by Adam on June 26, 2009 at 19:04
Cool! I look forward to reaping the rewards of your labor ... :)
Comment by Carl Anderton on June 26, 2009 at 23:50
Yeah, what J.A. said.
Comment by Jody Stecher on June 27, 2009 at 16:04
Yeah, what Carl said. Will you make the original notation available as well as the tab?
Comment by Trapdoor2 on June 27, 2009 at 20:36
Yes, that is my plan. The original notation will go online @ Classic Banjo.com (Hal's site). The TAB probably will too but I've been toying with self-publishing the TAB books as well. Many people are still not "online" and prefer to have hardcopy.

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