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help withYaogu[edit]

Hi there, i'm loved to be included in this wikiproject. it is about a typical Chinese percussion musical instrument.

Streichmelodion featured on DYK[edit]

Streichmelodion, a new article written in November, was featured today. Thought I should put it here, thank you everyone for the support!

Frzzl (talk) 11:13, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I'm working on improving the Hohner page which currently reads like a harmonica catalogue. My particular interest is in Hohner guitars so I'm starting there but I will try to improve the company history section and add/improve sections on other instruments they have made. Any feedback gratefully received. Heston.blumenthal (talk) 11:53, 16 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Alto recorder#Requested move 19 January 2023 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. UtherSRG (talk) 12:06, 19 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi -- wondering if you could reassess (if that's still happening) the A-flat clarinet article. As far as I can tell it's basically a complete article. There's little literature out there about it, and I believe all that is out there has been integrated in the article. (the current article is about 3x the size of the article on it in the Cambridge Companion to the Clarinet). Thanks. -- Michael Scott Asato Cuthbert (talk) 00:18, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've reassessed it to C class, based on ORES 3.39 (C). By the way, are they generally known as "A♭ clarinets" or do we call them "piccolo" or "sopranino" clarinets? I wonder if the article needs a move, if so? — Jon (talk) 02:29, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There are multiple types of clarinet considered "piccolo" or "sopranino" (it's a large family); there's only one A-flat clarinet. Why? I Ask (talk) 02:35, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

They are generally called A-flat clarinets. The family they belong to are generally called “octave clarinets”. A few recent software programs call them “piccolo clarinets” but this is not backed up in the literature. This is all discussed in the article and talk page including reasons for the naming and not move. Maybe in 30 years if the terminology in Finale or MuseScore catches on itd be appropriate, but not now. I’m curious why “C class” what’s a reliable source that ever discusses the instrument that’s missing from the article? I’m wondering what the criteria for assessment is? -- Michael Scott Asato Cuthbert (talk) 06:30, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I haven't properly assessed it, only that it's clearly not Start class any more, and I have found so far that ORES scores are fairly reliable up to about mid-B class. I'm no expert at assessing articles, but I think after looking at Wikipedia:Content assessment/B-Class criteria we'd need section headings (History, Construction, Repertoire, etc.); more (consistent) inline citations; "Some writers call it the piccolo" - who, and who says so, for example; deduplicate identical refs 3 and 4; we could describe the instrument's range and any other details in standard orchestration texts, e.g. Adler, Piston, others (historical? Widor, Berlioz?); Grove mentions the keyless "hot fountain pen" from the 1920s in the Jazz clarinet article, which might be worth a sentence; Eric Heopeich's book might have material too; given it's mostly an Italian military band instrument, we might have more luck looking in Italian language sources too.—Jon (talk) 07:43, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also, @Mscuthbert:: could we trouble you for another photo of your A♭ clarinet, against a plain white background, with diffuse light and ideally positioned 15-30 cm or so in-front of a big sheet of white card - see Category:Musical instruments on white background on Commons for other examples, for use in the infobox, and Wikidata?—Jon (talk) 09:28, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh gosh, apologies... and ironically, they're in the Piccolo clarinets category! Jon (talk) 09:37, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]