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COOL STUFF #9 | The Wheelharp

By Ludwig Van on October 5, 2015

Composer Nicholas Pike demonstrates The Wheelharp: a barrel-shaped keyboard that sounds like a cross between an accordion and a hurdy-gurdy.
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COOL STUFF #2 | 5-line Staff Liner Pen

By Michael Vincent on February 10, 2015

Ever try to write a 5 line staff without a ruler? Even with a ruler it's a pain. We'll now this handy little 3 inch pen will tackle the job for you. Whether you are a composer or a music student needing a write out some musical sketches, this pen does the trick. It could also be handy for musicians needing to make an extra ossia staff above a staff in a printed score. Either way, we think this is a pretty nifty pen perfect for musicians...
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COOL STUFF #6 | StaffPad: Write Music Digitally By Hand

By Ludwig Van on April 1, 2015

StaffPad just might be the most groundbreaking music notation software to come out since Finale and Sibelius...
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COOL STUFF #3 | Tafelmusik Beethoven T-Shirts and Handel Skivvies

By Michael Vincent on February 11, 2015

Let's face it, there aren't a lot of credible options out there for those looking for classical music themed clothing. And no, sorry, your uncles music themed neck-tie he wore at your Bat Mitzvah doesn't count....
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COOL STUFF #13 | The 1953 Keaton Music Typewriter

By Ludwig Van on February 27, 2016

Ever wonder how they used to print music?
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COOL STUFF #8 | The Octobass: An Instrument Capable of Playing Below Human Hearing Range

By Ludwig Van on May 20, 2015

Meet the octobass: An enormous string instrument capable of playing frequencies below what most humans can hear.
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COOL STUFF #14 | Wintergartan Marble Machine: An Instrument That Runs Entirely On 2,000 Marbles

By Ludwig Van on March 4, 2016

There's nothing quite like human ingenuity. In fact, we'd have to say this is probably one of the most amazing instruments we've ever seen.
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COOL STUFF #15 | The Google Search Bar Metronome

By Ludwig Van on March 21, 2016

Looking for a metronome? Googles got your back.
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COOL STUFF #1 | Removable Musical Manuscript Paper on a Roll

By Michael Vincent on January 23, 2015

As any musician can attest, making amendments to printed scores can be a messy process. It entails crossing-out notes or rhythms, (sometimes to the chagrin of the composer), and adding your own. Beside the untidy look, these changes become difficult to change after the fact. Now there is something that solves this problem - elegantly and cheaply, this makes our list for cool stuff we want...
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COOL STUFF #12 | 120 Year Old Singing Bird Machine

By Ludwig Van on February 9, 2016

This one-of-a-kind mysterious copper mechanical birdsong mechanism was found in Paris, France. It is believed to be made by Blaise Bontems, a well-known maker of bird automata.
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