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Enter the Cello

Posted by Yopparai on Friday, May 18, 2007

It all started harmlessly enough. BHO luminary Cathy Fink kindly posted some videos of a couple of banjo tunes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_bBRhaN6v8

The videos feature
Marcy Marxer playing a cello banjo. It was my first time to hear a cello banjo. The only one I had seen pictures of was on built my Mike Gregory.  I said to myself, "Hey! That's cool," as if that was all that would come of it.

Then it started. The itch. Thoughts about how I would make a big head like that. Would fishing line work, or would I have to move up to weed wacker? Would a longer Yopptuner let me overcome my problems with nylon strings?

Next thing you know, my co-worker shows up with a new load of used drum heads from his brother. There are at least four 14" heads in the batch. I go home and get the mail. There is a woodworking catalog - WOO HOO! - And what do I find there? A router bit that  cuts these spiffy notches for making 6, 8, or 12 sided boxes.

Someone out there wants me to make a cello banjo. I simply have to. No choice. So its off to the lab.

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Pot Atoms
Yopptanium atoms (Y). Yopptanium exhibits positive and negative charges at the poles, making Y atoms very interested in coupling with other Y atoms.
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Atomic pairing
These atoms then pair up to form small Yopptanium molecules (Y2). The molecules still retain their positive and negative poles, so they are still eager to bond with other Yopptanium atoms
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Yopptanium chains
As the bonding continues, Y chains are formed. To aid in proper orientation, advanced cryogenics is called into play. The A/C is set at 78f to insure that the chains are aligned properly
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Yopptanium rings
Once the properly aligned chains reach the critical molecular weight of 12, all of the available poles are paired, forming a stable ring. The rings are neutral in charge at this point and do not attract each other. It is clear that without some external catalyst, these Y-rings will not spontaneously form a Y-tube.

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