Duochord (Sonometer)

Physics

Accession Number: 2011.ph.480.a-n

Instrument Name: Duochord (Sonometer)

Description:

Long wooden rectangular box with three holes on each long side of the box. On the top is attached two metal strings which are connected to tuning tension dials. The strings are attached at one end to the tension dials and the other end to a centimetre ruler. On the top the strings at each end are placed upon wooden bridges which have mebedded glass rods. The strings pass over the glass rods.

Associated with the duochord are 13 wooden movable bridges.

Alternative Name: Sonometer

Primary Materials: Wood, Metal Alloy, Glass

Markings:

“Apparatus of Quality, Made by Minneapolis, Carl J. Ulrich Minnesota”, “767″ Old catalog number “PHY 76″

Dimensions (cm): 18x24x125 cm

Function:

To measure sound frequency in acoustical experiments.

Condition:

Good. Some rust on metal components. Some other wear, especially large scratches on the bottom of the box. At the tension dial end of the box there is a chip in the end of one of the glass rods and a split in the corner of the wooden box.

Manufacturer: Carl J. Ulrich. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Manufacture: cir. Early or mid 20th century

Provenance:

University of Toronto Department of Physics

Donated to UTSIC: No

Historical Notes:

The movable bridges have been gathered and tagged as items 2011.ph.480b-n