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Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 21:56:57 -0800
From: bitwise
Subject: [CB] Purr-fect pitch

I just read the following in Bruce H.G. Calder's The Daily Info.
It appears that low frequencies aren't only fun to produce, they
also facilitate healing. Bracketed comments are mine.


*                  The power of purring                         *
* Scientists have discovered that a cat's purr is a "natural
* healing mechanism" which helps their bones and organs to heal
* and grow stronger.
* Researchers have concluded that this is why cats survive falls
* from high buildings, giving them what appears to be "nine
* lives." Exposure to sound frequencies similar to that of a
* cat's purr is known to improve bone density in humans.
* Scientists from the Fauna Communications Research Institute
* in North Carolina found that a house cat's purr frequency
* is generally between 27 and 44 hertz, [A0 to F1] while other
* cats, puma, ocelot, serval, cheetah and caracal range from 20
* to 50 hertz. [F0 to G/G#1 - wouldn't it be interesting to know
how they produce those low frequencies!]
* Dr. Elizabeth von Muggenthaler says "We are starting to solve
* a 3,000 year-old mystery as to why cats purr." Almost all cats
* (with the tiger being a notable exception) purr.
* In a recent study published in the Journal of the American
* Veterinary Medical Association, out of 132 cats that fell
* an average of 5.5 stories, 90% survived, including one that
* fell 45 stories.
* The research team will be examining if using such
* frequencies could halt osteoporosis or even spur bone
* growth in post menopausal women.
* Dr. David Purdie, from Hull University centre for metabolic
* bone disease in England said that the human skeleton needs
* stimulation or it begins to leak calcium and become weak.
* Says Purdie : "Purring could be the cat's way of providing
* that stimulation for its own bones."
* Source : London Sunday Telegraph
*          David Harrison


From: "Harry Searing"
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 00:59:42 -0500
Subject: [CB] Rare Contrabass SARRUSOPHONE - Beatiful ! ! ! (eBay)

sarrusophone? er...

Isn't this really one of dem dere Contrabasse a anche?

Harry Searing


Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 11:47:56 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: Re: [CB] Rare Contrabass SARRUSOPHONE - Beatiful ! ! ! (eBay)

>sarrusophone? er...
>Isn't this really one of dem dere Contrabasse a anche?

Yep: the bocal shape is characteristic, and the keywork is definitely
reed contrabass instead of sarrusophone.  Looks like someone has
already informed the seller (addendum to listing).  Orsi still makes
these, but I think the list price new is around US$30K.


Grant Green
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