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A New Musical Grammar or The Harmonical Spectator

A New Musical Grammar; or, The Harmonical Spectator (1746)

A New Musical Grammar; or, The Harmonical Spectator

by William Tans’ur  (1746)

A New Musical Grammar; or, The Harmonical Spectator

Containing all the useful theoretical, practical, and technical parts of musick. Being a new and correct introduction. to all the rudiments, terms, and characters, and composition in all its branches. With several scales for musical instruments; and philosophical demonstrations, on the nature of sound. Laid down in so concise and easy a method, as to be understood by the meanest practitioner, whether vocal or instrumental, by way of question and answer 

 

Another wonderful and rare treasure courtesy of The Internet Archive.

 

Hammered Dulcimer For Only 16.00 Circa 1898

A Hammered Dulcimer For Only $16.00 – Circa 1898

 

Hammered Dulcimer For Only $16.00 - Circa 1898

 

A Hammered Dulcimer For Only $16.00 – Circa 1898

What a bargain! Just get in the TARDIS and pick one up today!

 

The Reed Organ – How To Give It Proper Care (1910)

The full title in all its glory: “The Reed Organ; how to give it the proper care, simple complaints and easy remedies. With full explanations of the value of the stops, and directions for their proper use.”

Reed Organ

Simple advice on basic repairs, maintenance and use of the reed organ. Put out by Sears, Roebuck and Co. to compliment the reed organs they sold. Like many things coming from Sears these organs were manufactured by other firms and the advice given  applies to most any reed organ.

You never know when you will need it, so as the cover says; “Hang this in the back of your organ where you can always find it.”

Hang this in the back of your organ where you can always find it

Available as a free download from the always wonderful Internet Archive : “The Reed Organ; how to give it the proper care, simple complaints and easy remedies. With full explanations of the value of the stops, and directions for their proper use.”

The Adirondack Spruce; A Study Of The Forest In Ne-Ha-Sa-Ne Park – (1898)

I often use Adirondack spruce soundboards on dulcimers with walnut back and sides.

Dulcimer with Adirondack spruce sounboard and walnut back and sides by Doug Berch

Adirondack spruce was used for the soundboards of many classic fretted instruments made before World War II. It was also used to build airplanes and in other applications requiring a strong, light and stiff timber.

Adirondack spruce was over-cut and for many years was not readily available. It is slowly making a comeback thanks to careful forest management.

Heavy Stand Of Nearly Pure Spruce

Average Number Of Trees Per Acre In The Adirondacks in 1898

Measuring Timber With Calipers

Like many old books the full title is somewhat long; you can get the book at the always wonderful Internet Archive:

“The Adirondack spruce; a study of the forest in Ne-Ha-Sa-Ne Park. With tables of volume and yield and a working-plan for conservative lumbering” by Gifford Pinchot (1898)

Valuable Secrets Concerning Arts And Trades (1795)

I came across this book while doing research on varnish-making:

Valuable Secrets Concerning Arts And Trades (1795)

The title alone provides a good read –

Valuable Secrets Concerning Arts and Trades: or, Approved directions, from the best artists : for the various methods of engraving on brass, copper, or steel. Of the composition of metals, and varnishes. Of mastichs and cements, sealing-wax, &c. Of colours and painting, for carriage painters. Of painting on paper. Of compositions from limners. Of transparent colours. How to dye skins or gloves. To colour or varnish copper-plate prints. Of painting on glass. Of colours of all sorts, for oil, water, and crayons. Of the art of gilding. The art of dying woods, bones, &c. The art of moulding. The art of making wines. Of the various compostions of vinegars. Of liquors and essential oils. Of the confectionary art. Of taking out all sorts of spots and stains.” (1795)

I love this stuff!

Learn methods of work from the past!  Amaze your friends!

Download your copy courtesy of The Internet Archive  –  Valuable Secrets Concerning Arts And Trades (1795)

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