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matt carr



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:18 pm    Post subject: 2011 Holiday gift Reply with quote

When I pressed play a smile came across my face.

Thanks Tom! You're awesome!

I think I will watch a video tonight on my SGT 200!
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blindfury420



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What did tom send you, a player or a disc?
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matt carr



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a tape measure with the CED logo on it that has the first RCA fanfare recorded on it.

My mom was like, "Oh thats nice, there's some Christmas music on it." LOL
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy nice! Always good to receive some ced memorabilia
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cedmagic
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:42 am    Post subject: More Info on RCA Fanfare on Voice Recording Tape Measure Reply with quote

Here's a bit of history on the CED fanfare recorded on the voice recording tape measure. The fanfare represents 23 notes of the Promenade from "Pictures at an Exhibition A Remembrance of Viktor Hartmann" by Modest Mussorgsky. The entire suite varies at about 40 minutes in length and consists of ten widely diverse movements linked together by variable repeats of the Promenade.

Artist and architect Viktor Hartman had recently passed away when Mussorgsky composed this suite in 1874, and each movement represents a painting at an exhibition of his art. The Promenade represents the viewer walking reflectively from picture to picture.

Pictures at an Exhibition is well represented on YouTube and below is a sampling of some of the performances - everything from solo piano and guitar to marching band.

If you have time, watch/listen to the first 90 seconds of each to catch the full opening Promenade. My favorite amongst these is ELP, but they are all tours de force.

RCA SelectaVision fanfare in original mono and stereo (thanks Reinhart)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WRXU1Fsi4o

Isao Tomita 1975 rendition as licensed by RCA for CED
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRJL1I53mCU

Piano rendition by Pal Eide as Mussorgsky intended
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCbKfqf9TPg

Carnegie Hall 1951 performance by Vladimir Horowitz (of CED VaporWare fame)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x9M48qCyOU

Ravel orchestration by Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5r8sa863Ts

Emerson, Lake & Palmer with Moog synthesizer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y1x04hAUT4
Greg Lake does a vocal rendition of the Promenade at the 7:58 mark

More recent upload of complete ELP performance (in four parts)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_XUhoAtCnA

Trumpet duet rendition (with Nipper-like dog)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovupsYb6ApQ

Acoustic guitar rendition by Marko Topchii
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UenDUsgSloc

Electric guitar rendition by Trevor Rabin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJisEg2gEE

Heavy metal version by Mekong Delta
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6Oi1ZhoeR4

Lafayette Marching Band performance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or5di6ac690

Animusic version (animated musical instruments)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_kLgCGKhBg

If you've seen any other cool performances of Pictures at an Exhibition, please post links.

--Tom Howe
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Beetlescott



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been out of town since last Thursday, and my in laws really do live "over the river and thru the woods"! It's beautiful and peaceful to visit there, the drawback is no cell phone service, no internet service, and NO CED PLAYERS!!!
We got back home today and I found this little package in my mailbox! Thanks much Tom!!!! I smile every time I push the button!!!! It will take it's rightful place with my drink bottle from last year!!!!
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71chevyvan



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:25 am    Post subject: Re: 2011 Holiday gift Reply with quote

[quote="matt carr"]When I pressed play a smile came across my face.

Thanks Tom! You're awesome!
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lucky you
Sad Crying or Very sad
i have been collecting the ced holiday gifts for years.
bummer. i didn't receive one this year. guess i didn't make enough posts to earn it.
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blindfury420



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha I want one now too! How did you guys get it? Buy enough stuff from tom or somethin? Mailing List?
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analog.tv



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neat....I just got one of those in the mail today. Sooooo cool. Thanks, Tom. Also, thanks again for keeping this ced magic alive. CRAIG Greenbelt, MD
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cedmagic
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:58 pm    Post subject: Late CED Magic Holiday Item Reply with quote

Barry and Ryan:

I mailed these out to you, so they just haven't arrived yet. Opa-Locka is about as far away from Portland as you can get and still be in the USA !

--Tom
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprised Awesome! Cant wait to see it and thank you!

* Hahah It's so cool! Just gotta make sure i don't bump record!!
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Alchemy



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got mine today- way cool, thanks Tom Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject: Re: Late CED Magic Holiday Item Reply with quote

[quote="cedmagic"]Barry and Ryan:

I mailed these out to you, so they just haven't arrived yet. Opa-Locka is about as far away from Portland as you can get and still be in the USA !

--Tom[/quote]

tom
received my cool tape measure today.
many thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:20 am    Post subject: Re-recording the CED Fanfare onto the Tape Measure Reply with quote

Don't worry about recording over the fanfare, as it's easy enough to put it back in. The original intent of the tape measure was to measure an object and then recite something like "twelve and three-quarter by fourteen by one-quarter inch" into the unit while the figures are still fresh in mind. But I've seen kids make far more creative use of the brief record time!

A CED player can be used to re-record the fanfare, but it is easier to pull up a YouTube video of the fanfare on your computer. A smartphone can also be used for playback, as the ADC in the tape measure is not hi-fi. This YouTube fanfare with the "surprise" ending works well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cmX9y0w5TY

Press RECORD the instant you see the fanfare graphics appear and hold it down until the tape measure beeps and stops recording. You might have to repeat it a couple times to get the timing right, as the tape measure has just enough record time to get all 23 notes in.

--Tom Howe
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7jlong



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom - mine just showed up today, and I am beyond thankful, esp. considering I was a self-centered chump and totally forgot to reply to your requests for an address update.

Anyway, thank you again for this, and even though I can re-record it as you describe I am still terrified of hitting REC. Ha!

Happy (belated) Holidays!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject: RE: CED Tape Measure Reply with quote

James:

I'm glad you got it! The email wasn't bouncing, so I figured the snail mail address was still good.

--Tom
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krbsforty



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got my tape measure in the mail today. I had no idea what it was until I used it & pressed the play button. I like it a lot! Thank you very much.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ryan, have you received your tape measure yet?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blindfury420 wrote:
Surprised Awesome! Cant wait to see it and thank you!

* Hahah It's so cool! Just gotta make sure i don't bump record!!


Yes I did ! I just edited my prior post, at the time I was still last post!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:06 am    Post subject: Inside the Voice Recording Tape Measure Reply with quote

If you're curious about what's inside the tape measure, but don't want to take it apart, here's a picture of the innards:



All the signal processing circuitry of the tape measure is contained under the black blob on the circuit board labeled U1. If this tape measure had been made back in 1981 it would have been the size of a CED player, considering the number of RAM chips it would take to store 12 seconds of audio. The Commodore VIC-20 computer from that time contained only 5 kilobytes of RAM.

And note the one-half Watt speaker, which accounts for the rather loud sound that comes out of this thing. One recipient gave it to his three-year-old , who developed a habit of constantly re-playing while strapped in the car seat. Dad was able to muffle the sound somewhat by applying clear Scotch tape over the speaker grill.

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Samson



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:29 pm    Post subject: Thanks for Christmas Gift 2011 Reply with quote

THANK YOU so much Tom for the nice Christmas Gift again this year.
Please keep up the Great website, it's the best CED Info on the web.
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