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Do you read Japanese? [Dec. 10th, 2008|12:14 am]
Karlos the Jackal
So for my birthday I got some Japanese kits from "Otona no Kagaku" magazine (each issue comes with a science kit to put together!).  For one of them -- a bird-chirp hand-crank organ (see it play "Amazing Grace" here) -- I'm supposed to supply a tube of...something.  Glue?  Oil?  I'm guessing it's a lubricant of some sort, but I dunno.

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I'm pretty sure there are a couple of people around here who could read this and let me know what I need, and if you could, I would be quite grateful.



[User Picture]From: beetimevine
2008-12-10 02:55 pm (UTC)
You need:
Three chickens, half a cup of nose hair, (etc etc.)

Don't forget to rub lubricant on places that rub!
If you can hear the gears rubbing together or the pistons going up and down, it interferes with the sound of the music. Be sure to lubricate the gear axles and holes, the places where the gears mesh, with salad oil or model grease. Add a little bit more than you think is enough.
Chemically synthetic oil contains ingredients which will melt plastic so be careful -- please read the label carefully.

Something like that.

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[User Picture]From: karlosthejackal
2008-12-11 12:49 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thanks! When I get it working I'll dedicate a song to you.
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[User Picture]From: karlosthejackal
2008-12-11 12:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, this bacon fat should work fine, then.

(Aw man, in Japan, bacon fat comes in tubes!)
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[User Picture]From: beetimevine
2008-12-11 04:01 pm (UTC)
hmm, if your hand-crank organ smells too yummy, mice might come and play it in the middle of the night.
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[User Picture]From: optimal_conflux
2008-12-15 06:43 pm (UTC)
That would be absolutely adorable. You should definitely try for that. And then take videos and post them.
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[User Picture]From: optimal_conflux
2008-12-15 06:45 pm (UTC)
What sort of format is the little sheet that feeds through? How hard would it be to make it play other tunes?
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[User Picture]From: karlosthejackal
2008-12-15 10:21 pm (UTC)
It is super easy. It's just a punch card. (I have a "Pling Plong" music box that operates by the same principle.)

Imagine a strip of heavy paper with a music staff on it, and imagine that the notes are spaced relative to their rhythm. Now, just punch a hole in every note and Bob's your uncle!

(Unlike my pling plong, this looks like you can punch "longer" holes for sustained notes, but of course I haven't tried it yet.)
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