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Crystal Organ

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The idea is to make a musical organ that would have crystal goblets with a set amount of water in them, for each musical note. Each glass would have a float valve to maintain a constant water level.
The goblets spin independently of one another and depressing a piano key causes a moistened latex "finger" to touch the spinning lip and release the haunting melody of the crystal.

http://www.glassvir....us/Glass_Harp.html [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jul 29 2005]


       i like this. is there a way to just have one goblet with a variable fluid level e.g. a pedal-controlled float that displaces the liquid within the goblet which spins continuously. solves the problem of spinning 88 goblets (give or take) simultaneously. (+)   

       it would not be able to perform complex chords or countermelodies but this could make it semi-portable.
xclamp, Jun 06 2004

       The hairs on my pussy have just all stood on end.
ConsulFlaminicus, Jun 06 2004

       I don't believe that I've ever had that effect on a woman on line before.   

       my cat just ran out the door!
po, Jun 06 2004

       .........[2fries]...what the hell are you talking about? I was talking about my cat.
ConsulFlaminicus, Jun 06 2004

       That's a shame. For a second there I thought that my telekinetic abilities had strengthened to the point where I could give a trans-continental tickle.
I was going to be rich.

       //a trans-continental tickle// I hope that doesn't mean you are in Perth, because that's waaaaay too close for me. I can't however, speak for my pussy.
ConsulFlaminicus, Jun 06 2004

       Ath long ath your puthy thtill perth it doeth'nt have to thpeak.   

       An awe-inspiring idea!
DesertFox, Jun 06 2004

       Mozart wrote a couple of pieces for a glass harmonica (K356 and K617) so I think the idea, while a good one, could probably be considered "baked".
supercat, Jun 06 2004

       Ben Franklin invented the Glass Harmonica - concentric glass bowls rotating on a horizontal common spindle, suspended half- in a trough of water. Play the edges of the bowls with fingers. Allows ten-note polyphony.
BunsenHoneydew, Jan 25 2005

       That's glass armonica I believe, invented like you said by Ben Franklin before the more common 'mouth organ' or harmonica.
discontinuuity, Jul 29 2005

       Not a mechanical instrument, but there used to be a manual version in the Castle Museum, York. Any tykes know if it is still there?
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jul 29 2005


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