Beautiful musical instruments are timeless, and a few posts reminded us that there are no shortcuts to quality. Little details have the unique ability to amaze in both directions.
These reinforcements by Esq Guitars are super classy are should be celebrated. What makes an instrument go from Good to Great? MBAs study companies that grow contagious pockets of greatness. But for the craftsman, sharing small trade secrets is the key.
Looking Through The Lens Backwards: Great to Good
This provocative video compares a Gibson guitar to an imitation from China. Most youtube reviewers comparing imitation guitars aren’t as tough, but this guy colorfully explains how the little things making a Gibson guitar a special instrument, and why the imitation is rubbish.
Remember the last time a doctor listened to your heart with a stethoscope? Well, imagine bringing that stethoscope for a walk, listening to objects on the street, and playing the results through your iPhone/Android device.
What if you built that idea years ago? That idea was only your starting point, and afterwards, you worked to constantly improve it every day. Along this journey of invention, you crossed paths with some of the greatest musical minds of our generation, and convinced them to join your team.
This is how you end up with a Kickstarter project like this:
Here is a mathematical breakdown of the longest recorded reverb every recorded. A gunshot was recorded inside a fuel storage tank by Professor Cox in Scotland to shatter the record. The reverb lasted for 75 seconds.
The fuel storage facility shown to the right, and a mini photo tour are available at this BBC article.
‘I wanted to shout with astonishment, but I had to remain silent so as not to ruin the recording.’
–From Daily Post Interview
Here is a booming and thundersous sample of the sound that could become your cellphone text message ring. Hit play and continue reading.
Everybody must visit the sculptures at MIT Museum. I go once a year to reconnect with the work of Arthur Ganson. New ideas are born. This is one of the sculptors / inventors / artists who inspired this site to exist. There is an exhibit called 5000 Moving Parts which brings more kinetic sculptures to Cambridge. Go see it!
Image from Athur Gansons website.
Does Invention Come From Observation or Conversation?
Here is a look back at what our readers enjoyed the most in 2013.
Top Ten Most Funded Kickstarter Musical Instruments
What started as a research project turned into our most popular page. People wanted to what types of new musical instruments are being invented, and how they are getting launched as new business ventures. Our biggest surprise, was seeing companies return to kickstarter to launch their second instrument.
Top 10ish Laser Cut Musical Instruments
A look into manufacturing by lasercutting. Luthiers remain skeptical remain about the quality of lasercut soundboards, but for designing rosettes and other accessories, it is an accepted practice. And who doesn’t love a record cut from wood instead of vinyl.
Playing the mandolin is now my favorite hobby. I write a lot about making musical instruments, but the end goal of it all is making music in a meaningful way. Learning the mandolin has been a lot of fun, and allowed me to reconnect with music in ways I never even imaged. My wife sang along to Christmas carols, I started learning songs by ear and discovering new genres. It re-energized my musical pursuits, and gave back way more energy than I put in.
Image via The Black Apple
I wanted to share my roadpath for learning the Mandolin. My goal with this post is to transform your thinking about learning the mandolin, share my favorite resources, and ask your feedbacks for tips to become a better Mandolin player.
Carbon fiber musical instruments are coming to the music stores. But do they belong in music studio, and should this material be in your
woodshop workshop. Composite materials carry claims of legendary lightness and strength. Violin bows and violin cases now come in carbon fiber. Shapechanginginstruments wanted to know how craftsmen are using carbon fiber in their musical instruments.
Image from John Hiller.