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Recent content by Chris Phoenix

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    Making music with clock gongs?

    It's a good thought, and I'll come back to it if I can't make gongs work. But a dozen or more strings - I'd basically be building a harp at that point, and that's beyond my skills and tools. Gongs only have to be fastened at one end, and don't need to be held in tension.
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    Making music with clock gongs?

    Re hammer shape - I read somewhere that a hammer which touches more of the rod will damp more of the really high overtones. BTW sorry if I seemed to be "yelling" about the typewriter. Getting tone right in text is harder than in coil gongs!
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    Making music with clock gongs?

    I'm sure you're right that a Japanese chime is a better design. But I must have a typewriter! And no electronics, just a mechanical soundboard / diaphragm / horn. I've been fortunate to hear a wax-cylinder phonograph (I think it was even an Edison model) - the sound quality and loudness were...
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    Making music with clock gongs?

    That video is great, and reassures me that I'm on the right track. Many thanks! (Also, I'll definitely try to rig up the shift key to a damper.) Questions about rod gongs: - Too thick? 6.5 mm > 1/4" and I think there are more than 4 type bars per inch (I found a beautiful typewriter but it...
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    Making music with clock gongs?

    I want to build a musical instrument just for fun, putting clock gongs above a manual typewriter and using the type bars as hammers so I can type music. I bought a few $1.75 coil gongs to experiment with and learned how much I don't know. I learned I'm going to need a sounding board. I tried...

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