Wednesday, January 3, 2007

197 - Fiddle

Artificial Preservatives

1. Artificial Preservatives
Biochemist, Joseph Nagyvary, says he has figured out "beyond a doubt" that a harsh chemical preservative deserves the credit for the legendary sound produced by a Stradivarius violin.

2. Jack Benny vs. Talia Marcus

It's a Draw

3. It's a Draw
of course, other scientific studies suggest that the perfect Stradivarius sound might be more hype than anything else.

4. Auto Orchestra

The Cricket

5. The Cricket
You might be better off saving the $3.5 million you were going to spend on a Stradivarius and just buy a nice, simple one stringed electric fiddle.

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2 comments:

rachel said...

I am confused about the alleged electricosity of your fiddle.

Christopher said...

Installed inside the body of the fiddle is a pickup system made from a pair of piezo transducers. These things capture vibrations and convert them into electrical sygnals which can then be amplified. There is a standard guitar jack in the end of the fiddle.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickup_(music)#Piezoelectric_pickups