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Peterson Tuners Put to Use to Create the Bottle Organ

Jul 27, 2001

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OK, so this isn't an organ that you will see in stores, but it was so unique and drew a steady crowd at the NAMM show that it deserved some attention.

Odds are that at one time or another, you've experienced the pleasure of (or annoyance of others) blowing across the mouth of an open bottle, which produces a distinct sound. You may have also noticed that the pitch produces varies with how much of the bottle's contents have been consumed, and perhaps even made a little tune. But Peterson Tuners has taken it to the extreme.

What may seem rather low tech was made modern with its MIDI implementation, capable of being played by the keyboard or by inserting a floppy with your favorite MIDI tunes into the MIDI file reader. It just cries out for Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" ala the well-known Simpsons episode.

The Bottle Organ is not scheduled for production of any kind, but if you're interested in having one of your very own, Peterson will build them to order.

For more information, visit their web site at www.petersontuners.com.
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