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#1175781 - 04/06/09 08:59 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: Ron Alexander]
dschwoyer Offline
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Registered: 10/24/08
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Loc: Williamstown,NJ
My daughter when she is crying.(20 months)
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#1175979 - 04/07/09 08:03 AM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: Jerry Viviano]
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Registered: 11/13/08
Posts: 4949
Loc: Bradford County, PA
Originally Posted By: Jerry Viviano
UprightTooner,
Now I know how you got that name.


Upright is the twin brother (I have another) that is now in a Monastery. He tunes while seated.
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#1177600 - 04/09/09 10:27 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: UnrightTooner]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
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Loc: Grand Rapids Michigan
Annoying bratty kids screaming and hollering and fighting with each AND the parents AND the parents screaming back at the kids the whole time you are there I had happen a couple of days ago. Totally impossible to hear to do a good job. Parents were home, but, could not or, rather, would not properly control the kids. Man, if that were my dad and me and I were talking to him like these kids were back talking to their parents? WHOA! I would have had the spanking of a lifetime.
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#1178010 - 04/10/09 03:40 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]
cjburget Offline
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Registered: 01/04/09
Posts: 15
Loc: columbus, ohio
One of my clients has an African Gray parrot- adults can have a 3000+ word vocabulary. The piano is in the same room but the bird is usually quiet when strangers are in the room.

It eventually got used to me somewhat and started making this one sound but I didn't immediately attribute it to the bird. I thought the client had left the house without his cell phone. I kept hearing that walkie-talkie chirp some cells have. This went on for 15 minutes or so. Then I heard the bird say "Hello" and I realized the bird could exactly mimic electronic tones. Blew me away!

It took me a little longer to tune, not because he made noise while tuning, but he would just go off while I would leave the room for a break. I can't repeat everything he said because the owner has a twisted dirty sense of humor. Too funny to end my breaks that quickly. I eventually got it done.

He's due for another tuning here shortly.

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#1178062 - 04/10/09 04:53 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: cjburget]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 6828
Loc: Grand Rapids Michigan
Teach it a few new words... grin

I had a customer who had a bird like that once. Man, could it ever swear! The customer would say, "hmmm, I don't know where he comes up with these words?" Like, yeah right!!!
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#1178376 - 04/11/09 09:19 AM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]
Emmery Offline
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Registered: 04/02/08
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Loc: Niagara Region, On. Canada
Wind chimes, baying beagles, construction power tools, juke box, lawnmowers and bagpipes screeching in the background.
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#1178380 - 04/11/09 09:32 AM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: cjburget]
Dave Stahl Offline
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Registered: 05/06/07
Posts: 1645
Originally Posted By: cjburget
One of my clients has an African Gray parrot- adults can have a 3000+ word vocabulary.



That's got to be more than the average high school graduate knows these days....
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#1178578 - 04/11/09 03:52 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: Dave Stahl]
David Jenson Offline
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Registered: 10/22/06
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Loc: Maine
Originally Posted By: Dave Stahl
That's got to be more than the average high school graduate knows these days....

That's about right. I'd guess a few hundred nouns and verbs, an adverb or two without the "ly" ending, and "awesome", and "sweet" for adjectives, and that about does it.

The African Grey Parrot is said to have the intelligence of a 5/yo, and the emotional development of a 2/yo.

It's really astonishing what they can come up with for antics. Some friends had one that would boss the family dog around using perfect imitations of the voices of the adults in the household.
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#1178582 - 04/11/09 04:00 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: David Jenson]
cjburget Offline
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Registered: 01/04/09
Posts: 15
Loc: columbus, ohio
Maybe I can teach it sound out A440 and use it to calibrate ETD's- who needs NIST. Or he could be my tuning fork. Or even better he could answer my phone and set up my appointments for me. May work if I don't end up working for crackers and he doesn't cuss anybody out!

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#1178585 - 04/11/09 04:08 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: Jerry Viviano]
Tenuto Offline
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Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 550
Loc: U.S.A.
Tuning in a music school while someone's taking a lesson on the saxophone, drums, clarinet, oboe or trumpet. Those sounds really blast through the sound proofing.


best,
Valerie

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#1182655 - 04/17/09 11:21 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: Tenuto]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 6828
Loc: Grand Rapids Michigan
I HATE grandfather clocks. I was on my very last string today, high C just about finished when all of a sudden, the grandfather clock struck high noon of all things. Scared the crap out of me!! Guess where it was setting? Right next to high C! 15 chimes later, the stupid thing was finished.
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#1182772 - 04/18/09 06:47 AM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]
David Jenson Offline
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Registered: 10/22/06
Posts: 2138
Loc: Maine
Maybe it's a New England thing, but the grandfather clocks I contend with do 20 chimes at noon ... slowly! They do the Westminster eight note ding-dong, then solemnly count out twelve bongs.

For me, another annoying sound is, "My husband took the checkbook. I'll send you a check as soon as he gets back from Machu Pichu." (I just heard her say it. She didn't spell it out)
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#1182834 - 04/18/09 09:32 AM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: David Jenson]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 6828
Loc: Grand Rapids Michigan
Yeah along with homes that have 10 clocks that all go off at different times. My step mother has 30 of them!!!! All set that way. Thank GOD she doesn't own a piano or, I'd take along my shot gun and take the clocks out, one by one. cool
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#1183062 - 04/18/09 06:37 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]
David Jenson Offline
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Registered: 10/22/06
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Loc: Maine
Be sure to use ear plugs, and be sure of your backstop.
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#1183084 - 04/18/09 07:38 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: David Jenson]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 6828
Loc: Grand Rapids Michigan
You mean, the step mother? Now, that wasn't nice.... But, I just couldn't resist the temptation of saying it!
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#1183102 - 04/18/09 08:14 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]
David Jenson Offline
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Registered: 10/22/06
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Loc: Maine
Yep! ... The Mother-in-Law protection league is gonna' be after us.
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#1183162 - 04/18/09 10:42 PM Re: most annoying sound to tune against... [Re: David Jenson]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 6828
Loc: Grand Rapids Michigan
Let um come. Mine is this.
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