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Analog Modular Synthesizers td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
A whole crop of manufacturers and homebuilders of analog modular synthesizers has mysteriously sprung up in the last couple of years. I suspect that some sort of undocumented technology advance is responsible, combined with some Empty-Nest Syndrome (meaning a little extra cash, and an unoccupied bedroom or two) on the part of people of an appropriate age to be nostalgic for these things. Here's the builders and resources I have links to
Autoharp Inspection td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
There's lots of old autoharps and related instruments (ukelins, marxophones, etc.) out there. If you see one you'd like to buy, it might be a good idea to bone up on Autoharp Inspection.
Bagpipes td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
Oliver Seeler has a lot of interesting things to say about bagpipes.
Carl's Tubas td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
Carl builds Tubas and contrabass trumpets. He also has a lot of good information for builders of brass instruments.
Chiff and Fipple td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
Chiff & Fipple is The PostStructural Tinwhistle Internet Community. It combines an enormous amount of information about penny whistles with a generous helping of silliness. It's got interviews, how-tos, reviews, Photoshop fakes of national figures, anything you can imagine about six-hole fipple flutes. They have a mailing list, as well.
Chrysalis Guitars td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
Chrysalis Guitars makes the most peculiar guitars I've ever seen. Instead of a wooden box, you get a balloon in a guitar-shaped cage. (The Baschets had this idea in the 1950s.) These modular instruments break down to fit in a small box. And, they're beautiful. (No idea how they sound.)
Dactyls of Phrygia td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
The Dactyls of Phrygia are a performing arts group who develop music with traditional and handmade instruments built from salvage. The Dactyls have been playing improvised and original music for over a decade on both homemade and conventional instuments, including the flubaphone, the vestigial organ, the suitcase-lyre, the buffoon, the pick-axe pickaphone, the curlhorn, the clariphone, bones, etc.
Dewanatron td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
Brian Dewan's Dewanatrons are gorgeous-looking and sounding electronic music instruments. David Slusser pointed out especially the Swarmatron, a ribbon controlled unison-cluster synthesizer.
DX7 Battery Replacement td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
Do you have a Yamaha DX7? I do, and the battery that provides standby power for its voice memory has long ago run down. When I get around to replacing it, I'll follow these instructions.
Raymond Scott -- Manhattan Research td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
Raymond Scott was a band-leader and popular composer in the 1930's and '40s. He's best known today because his often off-beat tunes were primary source material for many of Carl Stalling's scores for Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. Scott was also a techno-buff and musical instrument designer. The work of his musical R&D company, Manhattan Research, is documented in a 144 page book and a pair of CDs. (Also available in Vinyl.)
Moog announces the Moogerfooger 4'33" td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
Product announcement at Gear Junkies.
USB Rotary Controller td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
Griffin Technology makes a very nice, if pricy, controller knob called the Powermate that plugs into a USB port. It's a beautifully machined, free-standing aluminum knob, with a glowing blue base (looks sharp, and makes it easy to find in the dark.) I've been looking for a good-feeling, cheap rotary controller for a long time, and while this isn't it (at $45, I can't justify a dozen of them), at least it's got the good-feeling part right.
Vintage Vocoders td Sun Dec 3 17:17:46 2017
Mmm, vocoders.