Glass Tuning Fork

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Glass Tuning Fork
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Clear and transparent in appearance, the glass tuning fork is cool to the touch and has a different shape to the metal, wood and polymer forks due to the method of its manufacture. To make a glass tuning fork with a square cross section, identical to the metal ones, would require a water jet cutter. We did not have access to this technology but instead worked with a glass blower to make this fork from glass rods using lampworking techniques. Two tuning forks were made like this – one to match the pitch of a 440Hz (the note of A) concert pitch tuning fork and the other to match the dimensions of a steel tuning fork that we found with a cylindrical cross section. On playing this tuning fork a clear, bright and high tone, the highest note of all our forks, can be heard, and the note sustains for a reasonable period of time. But be careful! The fragile nature of glass mean that it can easily shatter upon playing, especially if care is note taken when striking to produce a note.

Sample ID: 739

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Sound
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Glass
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Glass | Acoustic | Sound of Materials | Tuning Fork

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