Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Musical Dishes, Glasses, Silverware

Tuned by size to vibrate at specific frequencies so when hit they play notes.
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Each utensil, plate, cup or glass would be tuned to a variety of A, C-sharp and E notes of different octaves. Any two being hit together would likely play part of an A chord. Doing the dishes would be a little musical event. The necessary dinging and rattling of dishes common in a restaurant would make a kind of music. Better than just noise anyway. The notes would be very short, but that's a good thing.

Most sets would be tuned to a happy major chord but for funerals or whatever you could have a set of black dishes tuned to minor chords.

Wine glasses could have discrete markings so they can be filled to play specific notes so a three person toast plays a chord.

doctorremulac3, Dec 07 2022

Pentatonic wind chimes (each has a sound sample) https://www.thewind...-chimes_c10334.aspx
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Gradated musical wine glasses https://www.uncommo...e-glasses-party-set
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Prior art Utunesils
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       Interesting and very possible to do. Would be expensive to design and manufacture with the requisite quality control.
pocmloc, Dec 07 2022

       Might be a nice sakes feature though eh? I can imagine a rich socialite bragging that her dishes, glasses and silverware are all tuned to play an A major chord. When empty anyway.
doctorremulac3, Dec 07 2022

       Pentatonic scale would give more options (C D E G A C) and sounds great - lots of high end wind chimes use these notes (link)   

       Actually I think the main problem is going to be internal tuning of each piece - a dinner plate is basically a kind of gong, and tuning a gong is not easy. There is a reason that bells are bell-shaped to get a good musical pitch.   

       I just tested two of my dinner plates from a set, each has two strong partials. The first plate has partials at C4 and D5, the second at B4 and C#5. So they are not in tune with themselves and also not with each other. Yet they are part of a supposedly identical set.
pocmloc, Dec 07 2022

       Would the dishwasher now make even more noise?
whatrock, Dec 07 2022

       //Pentatonic scale would give more options (C D E G A C) and sounds great - lots of high end wind chimes use these notes (link)//   


       Dishes would be tough. They'd have to be shaped such that they weren't like cymbals for instance whose size isn't uniform throughout enough to make one note like a tuning fork or guitar string. It's just the vibrating portion that has to be tuned though.   

       //Would the dishwasher now make even more noise?//   

       Yes, but it would be pretty musical noise.
doctorremulac3, Dec 07 2022

       Hey, I wonder if anybody's thought of wine glasses marked to have certain notes play when filled to those markings? Sell a set that plays pentatonic scale or some such.   

       Of course guests would get different amounts of wine in their glass so I guess you'd fill them first and have the guests pick which amount they want so nobody gets their feelings hurt when they get their glasses filled less than other guests.   

       Could also have them shaped so the same amount of wine makes different notes I guess.
doctorremulac3, Dec 07 2022

       // Yes, but it would be pretty musical noise. //   

       And you'd know how effectively the food particles were being removed by the increased melodiousness!
whatrock, Dec 07 2022

       Good point!   

       And melodiousness may be my favorite new word.   

       Incredible facts: Maloderous sounds like melodious but means something entirely different. Stay tuned for more incredible fun facts.
doctorremulac3, Dec 07 2022

       Thanks for the link Poc, assumed somebody did that.   

       Now the next step up is a set of musical wine glasses with the same amount in each glass that plays different notes. Simple to do, the size variation just starts above the wine level line.   

       I think the variation in serving amounts might cause boo-boo feelings among the guests.   

       I'm really intrigued by the idea of the tuned glasses with the same amount of wine in each one. That moment when everybody does a toast and it plays a beautiful chord? I think that would be kind of magical. Just need in indicator line on each glass and that size difference above the wine line indicated by a little etched line.   

       I'm going to look into this.   

       Wonder of having different chords as you progress down the table is too much? The host would just say I've seated you in groups of 4, as I point to you, toast the person next to you and the two across the table.   

       Then you actually get a little musical performance from the unsuspecting guests. The wine sloshing around the glass might even add a pleasant vibrato.
doctorremulac3, Dec 07 2022

       2 fries! Great minds think alike!   

       Who the heck boned that? I countered it with a well earned bun.
doctorremulac3, Dec 07 2022

       Well yes + but I am assuming the notes would change by what was inside the glass or some thing on the dish. Might need some tuna-ing.
xandram, Dec 07 2022

       I'm thinking for the glasses you're just going to do the one toast "ding" so afterwords the guests can get down to drinking wine, which to be fair, is probaby the main reason they showed up.
doctorremulac3, Dec 07 2022

       Wow Xen, lots of thoughts on variations of this over the years. Well done.
doctorremulac3, Dec 07 2022


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