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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Vødkäjéllÿ, Mar 30, 2005.

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  1. I saw this in 'bt3a'

    "I wonder could you help me", enquires Neil,
    "about two years ago I was out on the piste,
    and on the way home I found this box. It's a
    normal cigar box but inside it's full of these
    little pieces of paper, ranging from really
    thin to card thickness. I've not a clue what
    this could be for and I reckon it to be the
    product of a deranged mind or something."
    Readers! If you know then get in touch.
    http://www.identity.ie/whatsinthebox/

    I thought that one of the knowledgeable peeps in here might know...
     
  2. Most definitely not for making bobbles - the centre hole is *far* too
    small. They appear to be of two diameters; I'd bet that the larger ones
    are the same diameter as cotton reels and the smaller ones the same
    diameter as 'bobbins' - the small metal reels which you load with cotton
    for use on a sewing machine underneath the needle. The centre holes
    look to be the right size as both the above have similar sized holes, so
    I suspect they're involved in sewing.

    The fact that there are many of differing thicknesses suggests that
    they're for applying tension to the thread from reels and bobbins on a
    sewing machine.

    What did you say the prize was?

    Cheers
     
  3. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Shims?

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  4. Bob Eldred

    Bob Eldred Guest

    They appear to be punchings for a piano. These are shims in various
    thicknesses made of paper, fiber board and felt that go under the keys of a
    piano to level the keys to the same height. The felts are used to quiet the
    action and reduce the thump when a key is played. Piano technicians often
    made these themselves out of news paper or whatever was handy. The box also
    appears to have some ivory strips for repair of piano keys.
     
  5. If there IS a prize, I think Bob has won it!
     

  6. But so many, in one box? ummmmmmm
     
  7. Bob, I think you've got it!
     
  8. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Go surf rec.puzzles for awhile, and spot the guy who does the "What Is It"
    thing on his blog. Submit this, and you'll have an answer in a day.

    It looks to me like little grinder pads, but they're small, so
    maybe kinda like sequins or beads to be strung, but why newspaper?

    Thanks!
    Rich
     
  9. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    What was it Bob Eldred said, "They appear to be punchings for a piano.
    These are **shims**..." ??

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  10. Just because there's a crude sketch of an upright piano on the inside of
    the box lid. I demand a recount.

    But why are there two sizes - are they different for the black and white
    notes?

    Cheers
     
  11. Ooooooooooh you could be an after the fact detective! ho ho ho
    For baby pianos and UPRIGHTS?
     
  12. Sorry, I looked on the internet and didn't see shims associated with
    pianos... But! I'm sure there will be a reference to them somewhere... so
    you can have a lucky bag... Because Bob will have taken the imaginary grand
    prize of a week for 2 in the Bahamas...

    ok? :O)
     
  13. "Spacers or shims for a piano tuner (quite convincing, joint favourite)"


    This is on his website now, looks like the favourite answer!

    Mystery solved

    Go back to work...

    bye :O)

    Vj
     
  14. I read in sci.electronics.design that Vødkäjéllÿ <>
    The piano tuna is the only known musical fish.
     
  15. and they like the Bass notes best...
     
  16. Bob Eldred

    Bob Eldred Guest

    I kind of cheated. I have rebuilt several pianos also tune them and regulate
    their actions. I've probably puched out 1000 of these little shims myself so
    it was pretty obvious what they were when I saw them. Seeing what appear to
    be ivories in the box was a dead giveaway.
    Bob
     
  17. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

    ---
    You didn't cheat at all. The question was asked and you knew what the
    answer was because you'd been there and done that, unlike that Jim
    Thompson character who merely hazarded a guess and happened to get
    lucky with that shim sham scam.

    Good for you!
     
  18. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    And they just play for the halibut...
    ;-)
     
  19. But they do sound cod damned awful
     
  20. I don't think you cheated, It's nice to actually KNOW something. :eek:)
     
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