reeves&son

  • what she says:i'm fine
  • what she means:what does toei animation have against takeru takaishi? why do they hate takeru takaishi? hasn't he been through enough? when he was a little kid, his brother and him were separated after the divorce and truly all he wants is to have a nuclear family like did you watch adventure 02 season finale? moreover the boy lost his innocence when he was seven and he literally watched his digimon partner, patamon, die at the hands of devimon. and now he's going through it again? hASN'T HE BEEN THROUGH ENOUGH? why does he have to suffer so much? i just want him to be happy. i swear if he didn't bear the crest of hope, he'd already be emo.
Physics of the piano

One of the most prominent piano companies, Steinway & Sons, was founded in 1853 and was known for developing inventions that improved the sound the instrument was able to produce. In the period between 1850 and 1875, the company was granted 25 patents, a number which they’ve been building on ever since. The reason behind these changes and patents are based in basic physics:

  • A single piece iron plate was inserted in the piano to combat the stress that the piano case experienced as a result of a greater number of strings and their tensions. The tone was not affected by this addition and it soon became the norm.
  • Modern steel wires were used on the earliest Steinway models, meaning diameters, lengths, and tensions of the wires did not need to be changed going forward. Instrument designs did not need to be radically altered and innovation could be focused elsewhere.
  • At the suggestion of physicist Hermann von Helmholtz, the Steinways built in a small ridge on their soundboards of their grand pianos to allow strings to vibrate at their ends, improving the overall tone.

These and many more of the patents registered to Steinway & Sons result from the designers’ understanding of physics, applying them to create the legendary instruments we know today.

Image credit: Interior of a Steinway grand piano (model B-211) by Kjethdubns. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.