Patent Model - Improvement in Musical Instruments

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William Standing, Sr. (b.1821, d.1884), Patentee
Production date
Jul 02 1872
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Wood, iron, glass, brass
10 x 10 x 8 1/2" (25.4 x 25.4 x 21.6cm)
Standing's invention "consists of a musical instrument in which the sounds are produced by air forced into a series of glass tubes with contracted necks at one end and closed at the other, and graduated in size and length. It also consists in tuning said tubes by means of glass stoppers or plugs, with which they are closed at one end, said stoppers being inserted more or less according to the modification of the sound required, which is caused by lengthening or shortening the chamber of the tubes." (Patent Number 128,566)
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