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Slideshow: Scenes From JEC Americas & IFAI
11/14/2012

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James Miller, a field service engineer with Miller Weldmaster, constructed bags for show attendees in order to demonstrate how a whitewater raft is made. 'It's like a sewing machine without thread,' he told me. 'That's a way to think about it.'
James Miller, a field service engineer with Miller Weldmaster, constructed bags for show attendees in order to demonstrate how a whitewater raft is made. "It's like a sewing machine without thread," he told me. "That's a way to think about it."

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Ann R. Thryft
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I like the cello
Ann R. Thryft   11/14/2012 12:42:27 PM
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I like this big beautiful black cello, too. I wonder how well it plays?

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   11/14/2012 6:19:14 PM
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I agree, Ann. I wonder how the carbon fiber affects the acoustics.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   11/14/2012 6:22:18 PM
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I have a hard time believing it sounds like a cello, considering how complex and delicate a process designing and constructing musical instruments is. OTOH, design software is amazing, too.

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Re: I like the cello
Jennifer Campbell   11/15/2012 8:03:52 AM
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Ann - it sounds like it's time to put your investigative curiosity to the test. Call the company ... see if they'll let you take a crack at the cello. =)

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Carbon Fiber Cello
Jim_E   11/15/2012 10:53:03 AM
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Apparently the carbon fiber cello isn't a new thing for them, since I found this article from 2009 about a real musician using it:

http://www.bookofjoe.com/2009/01/yoyo-mas-new-carbonfiber-cello.html

Another related article:

http://www.allthingsstrings.com/Instruments/SELECTION-PURCHASE2/A-Buyer-s-Guide-to-Carbon-Fiber-Instruments

TL;DR - Apparently the carbon fiber instruments perform a lot better in non-standard temperature/humidity situations, but sound quality isn't as rich as a good wooden instrument.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   11/15/2012 11:59:42 AM
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Jim, thanks for the links. That's about what I would have guessed based on the difference in materials: wider operating temperature/humidity range, but less rich/complex sound quality. That shows up in this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLOvXfSFuL0
of Yo-Yo Ma playing the divine Bach on a carbon cello.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/27/2012 12:44:12 PM
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Thanks, Jen, wish I could play a cello. I'm a listener and appreciater of music, not a player anymore. What I'd love to find is an interview with Yo-Yo Ma about the carbon instrument. Will let you know if I do!

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bobjengr   11/23/2012 11:13:10 AM
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Jennifer--This looks like a fascinating convention.  Thank you for the slides.  I definitely think the political types and talking heads in Washington need to step back and take another other look at American ingenuity--American creativity.  At times, it seems they have relegated manufacturing to the endangered species list when in reality, it's alive and well and in some circles thriving.  Your slides certainly bring that into focus.  I write a blog on engineering education in our country and across the world and we remain the example for the civilized world.  We are what they hope to be--someday.  Again, many thanks for the update.

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