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Service Manual For Rodgers 770 [closed]

TLDR: Where can I find the service manual for the Rodgers Exeter 770 pipe organ? I am trying to repair a Rodgers Exeter 770 digital pipe organ, however, I do not have the service manual. I easily ...
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Bass sine wave on an acoustic instrument

Is there an instrument that can produce a sub bass sine wave like tone, that also has a lot of volume? Something that would sound a bit like an 808 bass. I've listened to some contrabass type flutes ...
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What instruments are used in the song Zoom by The Commodores? [migrated]

The Commodores from the U.S, the song Zoom released in 1977
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Hot rodding the fender 100 rumble [closed]

I am looking for information on replacing 12 bass driver with a very good quality driver and possibly Stiffening cabinet using acoustic foam. I plan on using other amplification. And or using fenders ...
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what are the sizes of the ocarinas

I have been trying to find the sizes for every ocarina (1C to 7C), width and height of the chamber .The only one I can find was because a youtube video. I am asking this because I want make my own ...
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Not-quite-beginner beginner alto sax, how to select an instrument?

TL;DR: I need some guidelines for choosing a decent instrument for an amateur, at home, that isn't a complete piece of crap. I'm 44. 30 years ago, I was first chair alto saxophone in a marching bad. ...
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Why is the superbone not used more often?

I saw that there is an instrument known as the 'Superbone'. With the slide of a trombone and additional valves like a trumpet, you'd think you would have the best of both worlds. So why is this ...
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Learning to play Guitar, but how can I find the right size for me?

I've already bought a basic Acoustic Guitar off Amazon, but it's uncomfortable to play. I know the correct positioning to hold the Guitar, its just instead of my right shoulder resting down in the ...
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Is there a word or music term for when a singer is mimicing the instrument, like at the beginning of the song Dang Me by Roger Miller? [duplicate]

Title is self-explanatory. I'm asking if there is a word or musical term for when a singer is mimicking the sound of the instrument that's playing. An example of what I'm asking for is at the very ...
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MuseScore 3: Play Different Instrument per Voice

Is it possible to play different Instrument per voice In MuseScore 3? How to do it?
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What is this instrument that is audible first in this Music video? [closed]

What is this instrument that is audible first in this Music video? is is like some flute?
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Synthesizer suggestions? [closed]

I'm looking for an analog polyphonic synthesizer. I'm really torn between the Moog Matriarch and the David Smith Prophet Rev2. I've not owned a synth before and really want to branch into that world. ...
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Soft-Question: Which music instrument(s) is in the background along with piano [closed]

Here is a relaxing piano music: What is the instrument played in the background of piano music? Noise like sound in low volume. Is this a drum?
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What is this very long pipe instrument?

In at 15:25 there is a very long pipe instrument with no holes. It is supposedly a folk instrument from Argentina since the piece is Misa Criolla by Ramirez, which ...
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Is there a broader term for instruments, like the gong, whose volume briefly increases after being sounded instead of immediately decaying?

For most instruments, their sound immediately begins to decay after they first sound. When you strike a piano key, for instance, the loudest sound is at the very beginning, after which the sound ...
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Harmonica learning [closed]

I bought yesterday a mouth organ of tower brand. I saw some videos on youtube, but I am very confused, they give numbers to play music...But it is very hard when you are not able to see holes during ...
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How much is this guitar worth? [closed]

I'm looking for an estimate of the value of a guitar. It is a Fender Stratocaster, serial number: H037097. This website (https://www.guitarinsite.nl/serienummers-fender_eng.php) gives the following ...
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What are things to look for when buying a new keyboard? [closed]

I'm a complete newbie to music and I've been wanting to buy a keyboard for a while now. However, upon doing some research I was surprised at the vast amount of technical details associated with each ...
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Why do we use valves with drums

I have stepped by a YouTube video showing Vienna Philharmonic, under John Williams, playing theme from “Jurassic Park”. In 1:44 minute of this video the drummer is ...
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How do I make a wind instrument from a (metal) pipe? [closed]

I recently acquired a large metal pipe, and I would like to see if I can make an instrument out of it. The thing I'm having trouble understanding is the base(?) of the instrument, where you blow into ...
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When an Eb instrument plays the Concert F scale, what note do they start on? [duplicate]

When an Eb instrument plays the Concert F scale, what note do they start on? plz help? I was confused on this question and need more clarification because I play a Concert Bb instrument.
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Powered hurdy gurdy

A hurdy gurdy is a very interesting instrument where a hand cranked wheel is used to rub strings like a violin bow. Now I understand that the hand crank is important to this instrument and that by ...
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What is the word to describe the “degrees of freedom” of an instrument?

E.g. a violin can be bowed, allowing a single note to have more changing character than a guitar. On the other hand, a guitar is more polyphonically capable than a violin. Contrast them both with a ...
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What is this part of a kettledrum?

Here is a picture of a kettledrum (from here). What is the name and function of the thing behind the pedal that is indicated in red?
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Are there any violin family instruments built without a left shoulder?

On the bass and cello (and probably violin and viola as well), it seems like many aspects of proper form serve the purpose of getting ones arm over the left shoulder to play high on the fingerboard. ...
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Does your ability to simultaneously play and sing deteriorate?

I read an interesting comment: Clapton may be one of the greatest guitarists of all time, but he has never, not since 1970, been able to sing the chorus to Layla at the same time as he plays the ...
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Is there a format similar to MIDI that allows for hundreds of channels/instruments?

I have a soundtrack and each song has 16 channels/instruments. Nearly every song uses different instruments. For a project I'm working on, I need to have channels for every instrument used in the ...
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Western musical instruments that can be played with one hand

https://www.google.com/search?q=western+musical+instruments Will it be very few western musical instruments that can be played by human beings with one hand only? Example : Mouth organ.
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Which instrument allows for more natural improvisation of melodies? [closed]

For example, when there is a song playing, it is relatively easy to hum or whistle an improvised melody over it, while on a piano you would have to know which keys to press. A kazoo kinda allows the ...
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What are these Indonesian instruments?

I once had a record called Music from the Morning of the World, which was all Indonesian music. It was very short on sleeve-notes and I never could work out what these [From 3'23"] instruments ...
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Difference between Thomanns “Alto/Baritone horn”, “tenor horn”, “baritone” and euphonium?

Apparently BAritones and Alto/Baritone horns are sold as different things. Also, I thought alto horns were called so in america and tenor horns in UK (or viceversa, cant remember), but it turns out ...
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What are these medieval musical instruments called? [closed]

What are the medieval musical instruments used in La Bouree Ballet des Sorciers Ballet / Ballet des Bacchanales / Ballet des Matelotz /...
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Is there a musical instrument that is more abstract than the others? [closed]

I read the following on the internet: Oboe According to some experts, above-average intelligence is important in playing the very intricate oboe. Others say the oboe is ideal for determined, tight-...
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What exactly counts as writing for “electronics”?

What does "writing for electronics" mean? For example, when a call for scores is asking for a piece for electronics, or for another instrument and electronics, what exactly is it asking for? ...
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How was instruments tuned in the medieval times when there was no global frequency standards? [duplicate]

How did they tune instruments back in past? Did they know that A4 is 440Hz back in 1700s? Without pitch measuring instruments, won't the pianos made by two different manufacturers sound different? How ...
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Which instruments to physically familiarize with to become a better orchestrator?

Physically familiarizing with which two orchestral instruments would be a good compromise between having to buy all the instruments and gaining leverage in orchestral writing? My own opinion is ...
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What is the general term for instruments without fixed pitches? Like fretless

There are fretless versions of electric guitars and basses. Instruments in the violin family are (almost) always fretless. But what is the general term for this when expanded for other instruments, ...
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Is it commonplace to add further instrumentation to an already published composers work?

There's a really strange sounding instrument, similar to the one you once heard at school aged about seven in your very first music lesson. The only noise one can compare it to is the sound of horse ...
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Does voice doubling an instrument's melody while improvising have a name?

According to wikipedia, scat singing is: In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables or without words at all.[2][3] In scat singing, the singer ...
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Does playing musical instrument increase brain power? Yes/ No [closed]

Does playing musical instrument increase brain power ? Yes/ No From my point of view it doesn't, because I see many professors who have no interest in music but who are geniuses. On the other hand my ...
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Fun intruments to learn [closed]

I'm looking for some fun instruments to play. The criteria I have are that the instrument should be small, relatively cheap and have a discrete set of notes (not a continuous spectrum). I currently ...
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How can horns, most of which have only three buttons, play all their notes?

I’m a big fan of the “horn” family but have trouble understanding how horns are able to play the same scales and modes that a piano is able to play, being that horns only have a few buttons. In some ...
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Chromatic harmonica slider becomes less smooth after playing for about 30min

I have a Suzuki Chromatix SCX64 16-hole chromatic harmonica. Recently I find that the slider becomes less smooth (or even gets stuck somehow) after I play for about 30 minutes. I tried disassembling ...
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Not confident enough to play guitar loudly because neighbours will hear it

I am playing guitar (mostly Acoustic Guitar) for like 2 years now so i wouldn't say that i completely suck. i can play numerous songs and strum chords fairly and easily. Although every day is a new ...
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Why do I find vocals played by instruments so annoying? [closed]

Fist of all I know my question is subjected to preferences, I know many people that actually like this kind of music. However, sometimes I've heard songs that had vocals originally and are played by ...
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I need help to identify the instruments of a composition (in a movie)

Probably this is very easy to answer for people who know the composition of an orchestra and which sound comes from which instrument. My question is, what is the instrument (or the composition of ...
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What string instrument is this? [closed]

I am "musically illiterate" and would like to know what instrument I hear in this video.
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Which string instruments/playing techniques were used for Nashville Sound country music?

I've been delving into the history of a particular style of country music called "Nashville Sound" recently, which involved a lot of string sections in songs. Some websites describe them as being "...
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What are “Parforce Horns” and “Fürst Pless Horns”?

I suddenly found on Thomann these types of horns: Parforce horn and Fürst Pless Horn. I searched for them on Wikipedia and similar sites, Google, etc., but all I find is in German or other languages. ...
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Is it common for a 5 string bass to have a high B?

My school jazz band's bass player has a 5 string bass but it is tuned like a guitar with a broken 'E' string, but an octave lower. This means that the highest string is a 'B'. Is this common? I know ...

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