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Semi-OT: How not seeing too good can be entertaining #2948673 02/18/20 06:33 PM
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On the New York Times online page that popped up for me, there was an ad in the middle of the page which (as it turned out) said:
High End Motorhomes

I thought it was Metronomes. ha

Sometimes we see what we're interested in, rather than what's really there.


I've had the impression that these ads that appear on such pages usually are related to whatever we've been doing lately online. It sure seems that way. I have no idea why any bot would think I'm interested in motorhomes, but in fact I've been looking up metronomes a lot lately.

I wonder if some bot misread what I've been looking at. Maybe bots don't always see too good either. ha

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Re: Semi-OT: How not seeing too good can be entertaining [Re: Mark_C] #2948678 02/18/20 06:47 PM
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Re: Semi-OT: How not seeing too good can be entertaining [Re: Mark_C] #2948683 02/18/20 07:07 PM
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I wonder what features a High End Metronome would include. A built-in page turner? Automatic increase function? Or maybe it listens to you play and tells you when you aren't following along properly...with different modes like angry or encouraging. smile


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Re: Semi-OT: How not seeing too good can be entertaining [Re: JB_PW] #2948689 02/18/20 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by JB_PW
I wonder what a High End Metronome would include. A built-in page turner? Automatic increase function? Or maybe it listens to you play and tells you when you aren't following along properly...with different modes like angry or encouraging. smile

There really are some.
In fact, even the pretty cheap ones that are out there now have some "higher-end" features than I'd ever think of.

My long-time beloved pretty simple metronome -- battery operated, easy to use, nice old-fashioned ticking sound, adjustable volume -- has been acting up. One of the wires to the battery attachment came loose. I posted a while ago about having sort of fixed it. Someone said it probably wouldn't last long, and it didn't. I've been able to 'sorta sorta' fix it again, but it needs professional help. grin
So, I went looking for another good pretty simple metronome, and it's hard. You can still get those real old-fashioned ones -- y'know, like the wooden pyramid-shaped "tick-tock" ones, but there seems to be nothing like the one I've got.

I actually did go out and buy one, two nights ago -- not as good for me as my old one, but it's OK -- and it's more "high end." ha
Even though it wasn't real expensive, it has some other 'stuff' in it that's really just a nuisance. I don't even know what those things are. All they do for me is that if I accidentally press a wrong button, either the thing goes into some different mode or at least it undoes what I had going.
Plus, even when it's not undoing anything, you don't have the clear visual indicator of what tempo the thing is set for, like you have with mechanical controls -- because it doesn't have any dial that you turn, just tiny buttons to press (not that easy to press), and because of the other "stuff" on it.

Pardon the rant. ha

And this one was only about $29.95. I see online that "high end" metronomes go as high as $300 or more.

I guess they must also double as motorhomes.

Re: Semi-OT: How not seeing too good can be entertaining [Re: Mark_C] #2948692 02/18/20 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Mark_C
On the New York Times online page that popped up for me, there was an ad in the middle of the page which (as it turned out) said:
High End Motorhomes

I thought it was Metronomes. ha

Sometimes we see what we're interested in, rather than what's really there.


I've had the impression that these ads that appear on such pages usually are related to whatever we've been doing lately online. It sure seems that way. I have no idea why any bot would think I'm interested in motorhomes, but in fact I've been looking up metronomes a lot lately.

I wonder if some bot misread what I've been looking at. Maybe bots don't always see too good either. ha

Probably the bot had a spellchecker....


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Re: Semi-OT: How not seeing too good can be entertaining [Re: Stubbie] #2948697 02/18/20 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Stubbie
Probably the bot had a spellchecker....

......or, in this case, an un-spell checker. ha

(You could be right! Come to think of it, I'd guess you probably are.)

Re: Semi-OT: How not seeing too good can be entertaining [Re: Stubbie] #2948698 02/18/20 07:43 PM
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.......Y'know, the possibilities for that kind of thing could be even more interesting.

Like, how about if we look up "recital" a lot.....

Years ago, a bunch of us made posters for a friend who was doing a recital. The name of the place was "Fine Arts Recital Hall." On my poster, I purposely left out the i in Recital.
Nobody noticed.
When I pointed it out afterwards, they did think it was funny, although not real mature. ha

It's a relief that those bots don't seem to do that 'spellcheck' when we search "recital" and start giving us stuff on that other thing.

Re: Semi-OT: How not seeing too good can be entertaining [Re: Mark_C] #2948700 02/18/20 07:47 PM
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OK, I just had to look up expensive metronomes. I HAD NO IDEA. Built-in tuner makes sense. One has a recorder, one a temp/hygrometer, then there's an onboard "rhythm coach"...wow.

For about 20 years I used one of those Seikos with the rotary dial...ran on a 9V battery. It finally gave up the ghost last year and I'm using an app on my phone for clarinet. For piano I'm using the Wittner Piccolo. It does the job.


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Re: Semi-OT: How not seeing too good can be entertaining [Re: Mark_C] #2948717 02/18/20 08:44 PM
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This thread got me curious and checked on Amazon, it looks like the very simple electronic metronome I had (still have, I think) is no longer available. Huh. A lot of bells and whistles isn't necessarily a good thing! I stopped carrying that one around once I got a metronome app on my phone. The phone app seems fine for my purposes.

Except even these apps can be a little quirky sometimes. I know there are some apps that you can set it so that instead of a nice normal click, it's a man's voice counting. The first time I heard it, I thought it was a ghost or something! I cannot play with that guy counting in my ear! :P

As long as we're talking about funny, metronome-related stories... When I was in grad school, I used to carry around that electronic metronome in my backpack (b/c I sometimes used the piano practice rooms on campus, even though I wasn't in music school).

Anyway, one time I was on an elevator in one of the campus buildings that was quite tall (close to 20 floors), there were a few other people on the elevator. Suddenly a beeping noise started, we all freaked out! "OMG what is that??" One guys says "I think it's you!" I say, "no it's not!" he says "yes it is!" and we go back and forth till we get to his floor and he gets out. The other people are looking at me like I'm carrying a bomb, so they get off too. The doors close, the beeping continues. I am starting to freak out for real now, that I'm all alone on this elevator and it's beeping and I'm probably going to get stuck and die. Either that or it's a bomb and it'll blow up and I'll die. But either way, it's not good.

So my floor comes, I quickly get out. The beeping follows me. OMG!!!

Turns out, when I leaned back in the elevator, my backpack must have touched the wall and set the metronome off. But I had forgotten it was even there, and because it was sort of muffled in my backpack, I didn't recognize the beeping as the metronome sound.

After that, I was more carefully about where I put that metronome in my backpack.

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Originally Posted by JB_PW
I wonder what features a High End Metronome would include.


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Re: Semi-OT: How not seeing too good can be entertaining [Re: ShiroKuro] #2948785 02/19/20 01:00 AM
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Originally Posted by ShiroKuro
This thread got me curious and checked on Amazon, it looks like the very simple electronic metronome I had (still have, I think) is no longer available. [...]


This basic Seiko is the one I have and it appears to still be available on Amazon. Check the link for details:

Seiko metronome

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Re: Semi-OT: How not seeing too good can be entertaining [Re: BruceD] #2948795 02/19/20 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by BruceD
This basic Seiko is the one I have and it appears to still be available on Amazon. Check the link for details:

Seiko metronome

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That looks like the 'spare' one that I have! (elsewhere from where I am now)
If it's not the same, it's very similar.

I like it pretty much, but with reservation, especially that I don't love the nature of the "clicks."
My dear broken one sounds more like the ticking of those old-fashioned pendulum ones.

This Seiko does have much of the rest of what I described that I look for in a metronome. It's just not as good in various ways (for me) as that other one, although it has the advantage of being much more compact. For that reason, the Seiko is the one that I used to take with me when I traveled -- but I liked the other so much better that I started taking that one, despite the bigger size.

I may prefer it to this new one that I got, which BTW is this:

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I'm eager to get hold of my Seiko (I think it's a Seiko) to compare them.

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I like my Doctor Beat DB-90 and bolted one to my music stand for practicing the classical guitar. It is on a power adapter, no more messing with batteries. Maybe I should get another one for the piano because I’ll probably be too lazy to keep moving it back and forth between the piano and my guitar practice area, which are in two different rooms. I like the physical controls on this metronome, especially the sliders for the subdivisions. It is huge, though, and may look ugly on top of the piano. Here it is:

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At the moment, I use the Pro Metronome app on my iPhone on the piano. I can rest it on the music desk and see a visual signal as well as hear a click, if I put the phone on landscape mode.

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I have this as well. The two most important things for me are the volume control and the tempo dial. I hate using arrows to set the tempo.

If I want frills, I could use my phone I suppose, but I like the simplicity of this.

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