Stick tight to the ceiling

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jbuck919
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Stick tight to the ceiling

Post by jbuck919 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:10 pm

That is how my high school science teacher told us to remember the difference between stalactites and stalagmites. Twice in my life I have visited the Luray Caverns in Virginia, quite an unbelievable natural formation until you've actually seen it. It is private property, but should be a national monument. (Don't worry, Donald Trump, no one can gain wealth by extraction there.) Years ago, in an act that would now be considered vandalism, the owners shaved down some stalactites to exact tune, set up hammers to strike them, and connected them to an organ console. On my adult visit (the first one was as a small boy) I noticed that the console was ridiculously overblown, with three manuals and a full pedal board. Of course, the mechanism allows for at most a small range playable on one keyboard. Still, it produces a convincing performance of the following. The percussive sounds you hear are the hammers striking the stalactites.


There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
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Re: Stick tight to the ceiling

Post by lennygoran » Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:58 am

jbuck919 wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:10 pm
Twice in my life I have visited the Luray Caverns in Virginia, quite an unbelievable natural formation until you've actually seen it.
We were there once as tourists and enjoyed it. Regards, Len

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