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I have been working on a long term project of creating a BELL PIANO, and after a year I have collected up about 25 bells. Of course when you buy a bell via Trademe or Ebay, no one specifies the pitch of the bell. So it is a bit of a lottery, guessing based on size as there is no way to check until they arrive. And each time I get a bell I write on it what note it is, and leave it by my piano.
This is the current state of progress:

Earlier last week I won an auction for a little collection of bells that looked like it would be useful to fill in some of the range. I emailed the seller to make payment, and mentioned what I wanted the bells for. The sellers daughter replied, it was her 88 year old Dad who was selling them, due to moving house.
This is what I bid on, and won:

Impossible Things

Today I was thrilled to receive a matched pair of Sanken CUX-100k microphones!

The last major microphone purchase I made was coming up on a decade ago. December 2011 I ordered a pair of Sennheiser MKH8040 mics, followed soon after by an MKH8050 and a pair of MKH8020. Amazing to think of the impact these Sennheiser microphones have had on my work. They have travelled all over New Zealand, Japan, Samoa, PNG etc…And the incredibly low self noise has enabled so many unique sounds to be recorded, many of which would have struggled to exist with the noise floor of many microphones.

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