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People old and young
enjoy waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history of early electronics. Electronics World was published
from May 1959 through December 1971.
As time permits, I will be glad to scan articles for you. All copyrights (if any) are hereby
easy enough these days to find sound frequency charts for instruments
on the Internet, but it wasn't always that way. Back in 1967, you either
had to own a book with the information or go to the library and borrow
one. Another option was to subscribe to Electronics World
It, along with many of the electronics magazines, published a lot of
articles on electronic instruments, which were just coming of age then.
Having a chart handy was a big convenience.
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Musical Instrument Sound Chart
The chart shown below indicates the audible frequency range of a
variety of musical instruments. In most cases, the range indicates not
only the instrument's fundamental frequency, but certain overtones that
create the distinctive character of the instrument. In the case of the
piano, note that the instrument keyboard goes to a lower fundamental
frequency than is shown by the frequency range indicated near the top
of the chart. This is because the output at the lower piano notes are
mainly harmonic in nature.
Not shown on the chart are the high-frequency
noises that accompany many instruments to produce a certain amount of
"color", i.e., reed noise in the woodwinds, bowing noises in the stringed
instruments, and key clicks and thumps of the piano and percussion instruments,