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Off Topic Thread (ANYTHING!)
« on: September 28, 2017, 11:09:08 AM »
Welcome to the official Clarinet Pages Off Topic Thread.
This thread is for discussion of anything and everything, including pictures, jokes, stories, and everything in between.
Stuff that is NOT allowed: politics, religion, explicit stuff, anything that people have strong feelings about and could offend others.

Let's keep it clean, fun, and inclusive!
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Re: Off Topic Thread (ANYTHING!)
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2017, 11:13:36 AM »
Here's a picture I took at Preah Vihere, Cambodia.
The structure totally looked like a pineapple.
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Re: Off Topic Thread (ANYTHING!)
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2017, 12:36:50 PM »
I took this right in my town, Marquette, MI, on my way from Walgreens to my mom's apartment.  This was not the middle of the woods, but the middle of town.
There is a small population of albino deer that live in town, along with the many brown deer. I have deer walking around my neighborhood all the time, though not usually albino, though we have a brown one with a large white heart on its side. I'm still trying to get a pic of that one.
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Re: Off Topic Thread (ANYTHING!)
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2017, 01:25:23 PM »
What a wonderful picture, I love that both deer are looking straight at you!
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Re: Off Topic Thread (ANYTHING!)
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2017, 01:30:48 PM »
I love your Sponge Bob Squarepants pineapple!  It's great that you travel, and you have a good eye to catch that.
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Re: Off Topic Thread (ANYTHING!)
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2017, 02:25:56 PM »
Not as far off topic ... About 12 years ago, I developed a "Multi-Mode" flute that could play nearly every note of 2 1/2 octaves without half-holing. Has a Boehm-like head taper for accurate multiples so it sounds like a cross between a good wood or bamboo flute and a modern flute. A choice of 1 hole on each hand are to be held down throughout the scale, to establish the mode. Rubber ring on bottom uncovers another hole for another mode change. Material is mesquite wood, extremely stable. This evolved from an Indian bansuri design, modernized. The fingering is so unique, I took a year to learn it well, and concluded that it would never sell. But I had loads of fun and satisfaction on this adventure!
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2017, 03:37:56 PM »
Your flute is really cool!  I have quite a few Native American style flutes, and yours looks like a lot of fun!
I never could improvise until I got into NA flutes.  Sometimes less is more.
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Re: Off Topic Thread (ANYTHING!)
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2017, 04:00:00 PM »
I LOVE Native American flute! I have a collection, made some, made some double ones with unique tunings ... But just the most standard type is wonderful. I agree, improvising is easy even for those who generally don't. Can't go wrong on a minor pentatonic scale. The sound is expressive and soulful. Good training for breath control. Take it traveling and for walks in the woods.

I like to play at parties and gatherings - I can be nervous about coming out of nowhere with silver flute or clarinet, but if I start real mellow and simple on NA flute, it breaks the ice. It's easy and everyone loves it. Then I find I have the confidence to play other, more imposing instruments, creatively.
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Re: Off Topic Thread (ANYTHING!)
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2017, 04:55:48 PM »
Here's a picture I took at Preah Vihere, Cambodia.
The structure totally looked like a pineapple.

That stone cutting looks extremely accurate!   :o
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Re: Off Topic Thread (ANYTHING!)
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2017, 06:52:22 PM »
I took this right in my town, Marquette, MI, on my way from Walgreens to my mom's apartment.  This was not the middle of the woods, but the middle of town.
There is a small population of albino deer that live in town, along with the many brown deer. I have deer walking around my neighborhood all the time, though not usually albino, though we have a brown one with a large white heart on its side. I'm still trying to get a pic of that one.
Lisa

Way back in the mid 80's, during a January full moon I was driving past the Argonne National Lab in south west Cook County IL. around 3 a.m.  I crested a hill and had to come to a screeching halt as there were about 40 deer milling about the roadway.  Illinois heavily salts their roads in the winter, and the deer were all just standing around licking up the salt.  Mixed in with the normal white tails, were the famous Argonne albino deer I had heard about for years.  An amazing sight and one that kept me stuck there for nearly a half hour because the deer just ignored me.  Turns out, they weren't really albino, but fallow deer.  If you've got a small population of them, I wonder if they might be related.
http://www.ne.anl.gov/pdfs/white_deer_fact_sheet.pdf
http://today.anl.gov/2016/04/final-fallow-deer-roams-the-argonne-site/

If they are, I hope they had a bigger gene pool than the Argonne deer and will be around for awhile.  They are awesome to see en-masse.
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Re: Off Topic Thread (ANYTHING!)
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2017, 09:35:54 PM »
If you're really lucky, you can chance encounter the super rare Albino Radstag in Fallout 4 :)
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Theater Organ anyone ???
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2017, 07:25:56 PM »
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A 1930's ALCOA aluminum bass.  These were patented in 1934.  I've heard differing numbers, but there were probably no more than 1500 made.  This one could use a good body and fender man.  It has a flat spot where it must have been dropped.  The force it would have taken to dent this thing would have turned a wood bass into toothpicks.
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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2017, 08:02:38 PM »
Wow, that would survive being played at the wildest honky tonk bar there ever was! You could hide behind it for protection, if need be.  Cool, thanks for sharing.
 I played the youtube video of the kid playing that huge organ for my mothet she really got a kick out of it, she remembers those being played at events.
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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2017, 11:39:20 AM »
The whole body is aluminum.  These were welded up to be seamless.  The only wood currently on this one is the insert in the neck to glue the fingerboard to, the sounding post, and the floor peg. 
It retains much of its original paint.  Here's the best info I've found on these, from: http://kaybassrepair.com/aluminium-instruments/

The Aluminum Company of America (AlCoA):

 In 1928, The Aluminum Company of America  manufactured 50 aluminum double basses at their Buffalo, NY plant for Carl Fischer, who owned a musical supply house in New York. The AlCoA Buffalo facility was a “skunk works” where they manufactured experimental aluminum products. There was enough interest in these instruments that a January 1934 patent was issued to John Burdick and assigned to AlCoA.  By the time the plant closed that November, AlCoA had made and delivered a total of  approximately 500 basses. These were sold as “The Collegian” model and later as “ the Joseph Maddy All Aluminum String Bass”. They were available in the following standard finish and price:
Natural (Faux) wood finish: $220
Silver (unpainted) aluminum  : $230
Gold painted aluminum  : $240
The faux natural wood was a 50 step patented process whereby the top had graining and color close to that of a dark varnished tight grain spruce and the back / ribs / scroll have a curly figured grain patterning. From the distance of a bandstand or stage, you’ll have trouble identifying it from a wooden instrument.

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