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    Default Re: An honest-to-goodness VULCAN HARP!

    Jeez, the seller doesn't know Star Trek from Star Wars ("Vulcan harp from Star Wars" in the ad).

    And as Spock said, "After a time you may find that 'having' is not so pleasing a thing as 'wanting'. It is not logical but it is often true." In this case, I don't even have the 'wanting'. YMMV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Clark View Post
    Jeez, the seller doesn't know Star Trek from Star Wars ("Vulcan harp from Star Wars" in the ad).
    No kidding. Anyway, I though Gandalf had one of these in the Harry Potter movies.
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    Close, but no cigar. Still, thanks for trying.

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    That was a Romulan Rim Import in the linked ad. Not a Vulcan. Only a Vulcan is good enough!

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    Saw a T-shirt in a catalog, with a pic of a Dalek from Dr. Who, and the caption, "Oh look, it's that cute R2D2 from Star Trek."

    Lotsa inaccurate sci-fi-nerd info around, I guess.
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    One wouldn't think so, given the general reputation for obsessive attention to detail to a, ah, nerdy degree, among sci-fi fans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    Saw a T-shirt in a catalog, with a pic of a Dalek from Dr. Who, and the caption, "Oh look, it's that cute R2D2 from Star Trek."

    Lotsa inaccurate sci-fi-nerd info around, I guess.
    I'd wear that shirt

    JB, I can almost guarantee it's not the nerdy fans making those errors

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    That shirt is clearly an intentional joke.

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    Yeah, I'm more inclined to believe it's an inside joke than an error.
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    Shhh! mandroid might hear you ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflester View Post
    That shirt is clearly an intentional joke.
    I assume you knew that I was aware of that...

    Decent joke, too.
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    One of the better geeky jokes I've heard in awhile, actually.

    Lotta those shirts available online, but the artwork on the one jefflester showed is the best.

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    Sue, maybe your next batch of "pillow catnip bags" can be Vulcan harps.

    BTW love the L&H style ones in the classifieds at the moment!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Sue, maybe your next batch of "pillow catnip bags" can be Vulcan harps.

    BTW love the L&H style ones in the classifieds at the moment!
    The Vulcan Harp would surely be an odd shape to sew!

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    I'm going to admit, if the item inspiring this topic had been one of the actual playable ones instead of the numerous non-working ones, I might have made a move on it....

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    Who wouldn't? But showing up at shopgoodwill for $100 seems unlikely. I'd think eBay with an opening bid of $75,000 or so ...
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    How do we know whether this one is playable or not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    How do we know whether this one is playable or not?
    It may play like a simple acoustic lyre-harp but I'm sure it is not the electronic organ plus other stuff sound of the original TV series instrument - which did not make any sound itself as it was a prop.

    Like Picard's whistle. Folks went nuts trying to figure out what brand tinwhistle was used - but it turned out to be a non-playing prop made of metal tubing with decorative cord trim.

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    The actual "instrument" from the series was a low-tech prop (however snazzy) coupled with high-tech sounds produced in post. Recreating that with a low-tech instrument by itself is well-nigh impossible.

    That does not mean I'm not curious to hear what this sounds like. My guess is it is more of a wall-hanging than an instrument. In that respect, rather like these:

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    “Indeed”
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    The actual "instrument" from the series was a low-tech prop (however snazzy) coupled with high-tech sounds produced in post. Recreating that with a low-tech instrument by itself is well-nigh impossible.

    That does not mean I'm not curious to hear what this sounds like. My guess is it is more of a wall-hanging than an instrument. In that respect, rather like these:

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    That fretting...fascinating.

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    As I said, wall hangings! Utterly unplayable. From a luthiery standpoint, just a litany of irregularities. But as display items ... amusing.

    Point being, similarly, I'd guess this Vulcan harp was built for looks, not playing. Sight, not sound.
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