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1. AU2003201664 - Additional tuning mechanism for stringed musical instruments

Office Australia
Application Number 2003201664
Application Date 15.01.2003
Publication Number 2003201664
Publication Date 03.04.2003
Publication Kind A
IPC
G10D 3/04
GPHYSICS
10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
DSTRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; WIND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACCORDIONS OR CONCERTINAS; PERCUSSION MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; AEOLIAN HARPS; SINGING-FLAME MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
3Details of, or accessories for, stringed musical instruments, e.g. slide-bars
04Bridges
G10C 3/04
GPHYSICS
10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
CPIANOS, HARPSICHORDS, SPINETS OR SIMILAR STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH ONE OR MORE KEYBOARDS
3Details or accessories
04Frames; Bridges; Bars
CPC
G10C 3/04
GPHYSICS
10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
CPIANOS, HARPSICHORDS, SPINETS OR SIMILAR STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH ONE OR MORE KEYBOARDS
3Details or accessories
04Frames; Bridges; Bars
G10D 3/053
GPHYSICS
10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
DSTRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; WIND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACCORDIONS OR CONCERTINAS; PERCUSSION MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; AEOLIAN HARPS; SINGING-FLAME MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
3Details of, or accessories for, stringed musical instruments, e.g. slide-bars
053Capos, i.e. capo tastos
Applicants SMITH, Geoffrey, Michael
Inventors Smith, Geoffrey Michael
Priority Data 0200785 15.01.2002 GB
Title
(EN) Additional tuning mechanism for stringed musical instruments
Abstract
(EN)
A tuning mechanism for altering the tuning of the strings (4) of a stringed instrument such as piano or hammered dulcimer comprises a plurality of sliding bridges (8; 36) mounted for sliding relative to the strings (4) over a predetermined travel. The bridges (8; 36) are in contact with the strings during at least a part of their travel, thereby allowing micro-tonal and semi-tonal interval changes in tuning to be effected. The predetermined travels of the sliding bridges are different to one another. Also disclosed is an instrument incorporating such a tuning mechanism and a mechanism which may be retro-fitted to an existing instrument.

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