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The term xylophone, is also popularly used to refer to similar instruments of the lithophone and metallophone types.   

For example, the Pixiphone and many similar toys, described by the makers as xylophones, have bars of metal rather than of wood, and so are, in organology,  regarded as glockenspiels rather than as xylophones.   

I am sure quite a few young children probably received one of these types of instrument for Christmas, and I show the famous range under the name Sooty, below.    I doubt these are collectors pieces, but with the box in pristine condition they might fetch a significant amount of money in an auction.


Pixiphone Diatonic                                                            Pixiphone Chromatic

            What is the difference between a diatonic scale and a chromatic scale?
The diatonic scale is a seven-note musical scale with 5 whole steps and 2 half steps, where the half steps have the maximum separation usually 2 or 3 notes apart.
The chromatic scale is the musical scale with twelve pitches that are a half step apart


The bars made of metal sound more high-pitched than the wooden ones.



Peter
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Jokes / One for those who love chemistry
« Last post by Peter Anderson on January 19, 2019, 01:16:25 PM »
Wanna hear a joke about Sodium?

Na


Wanna hear a joke about Sodium Hypobromite?

NaBro
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Jokes / New Brexit 50p coin approved
« Last post by Peter Anderson on January 17, 2019, 12:56:57 PM »
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General Interest / AR sampled organ sounds
« Last post by Roger Mardon on January 17, 2019, 12:24:03 AM »
I have raised the following on the Organ Forum site. It is likely to be of interest here to both AR-100 and AR-80 owners. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who knows or has a view.

A couple of things I would like to confirm, know more about and understand better. The Yamaha AR-100 has available from its digital drawbars organ sounds said to be sampled (as opposed to generated) from the San Francisco Fox Theatre Wurlitzer, the Hammond B3, the Yamaha EL and an unidentified European cathedral pipe organ. These variations are selectable from a panel control Theatre/Jazz/Electronic/Classical.

The Fox Theatre was closed and I believe razed to the ground in 1963. What happened to the magnificent Wurlitzer? Presumably it survives somewhere if it was sampled by Yamaha. Edit: I now understand this large 4-manual, 36-rank organ was salvaged and installed in the Frank J. Lanterman estate in La Canada Flintridge, California. On Lantermanís death it was bought by the Disney Corporation and installed in the restored El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood.

Hammond have tried to guard the use of even the word drawbar, so is it likely they would sit back and allow the use of sampled B3 sounds? I realise a deal could have been struck but does anybody know? How does the Yamaha fare in its reproduction of the vintage Hammond sound? I have an AR-100 but donít know the Hammond well enough to form a judgement.

Doubtless Yamaha had no trouble with their own EL sounds but does anyone know which cathedral was the source of the classical pipe organ sounds?

And finally, in the light of these possible difficulties, are all the claims correct? Iím not sure that any of them came from Yamaha themselves, albeit from people very close to Yamaha. Itís all of no consequence but just of interest, to me at any rate, and may form the basis of an interesting discussion.
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Jokes / Check for Alzheimerís Ė Pretty amazing
« Last post by Peter Anderson on January 16, 2019, 02:05:39 PM »
The average person over 50 cannot do this!

The following was developed as a mental age assessment by the School of Psychiatry at Harvard University.

Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without a mistake.

1.      This is this cat
2.        This is is cat
3.      This is how cat
4.       This is to cat
5.      This is keep cat
6.       This is an cat
7.    This is AR-Group cat
8.     This is guest cat
9.      This is busy cat
10.     This is for cat
11.    This is sixty cat
12.  This is seconds cat


Now go back and read the third word in each line from the top down.

Peter
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Jokes / That terrible feeling, when you spot this in your rear view mirror
« Last post by Peter Anderson on January 15, 2019, 03:07:31 PM »
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The general term xylophone, can also include many instruments.

Here are just a couple of other examples.
 
Balafon


and even the
Semantron
   

In the next Reply, we recall that many 'xylophones' were given as Christmas presents to young children again this year.

Peter
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This was drawn in era when smoking was consider cool!



Peter
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Just to remind you how long the tube is in a French horn.



Peter
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Probably many players felt like this at times



Peter
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