Dating musical instruments
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[Gallery: Europe's Oldest Rock Art]Old bones The flutes are the earliest record of technological and artistic innovations that are characteristic of the Aurignacian period.
This culture alsocreated the oldest known example of art meant to represent a person, found in the same cave system in 2008 (that statue seems to be about 35,000 years old).
The suspicion is that a star indicates a gold brass bell (higher copper content), while a "B" indicates a "French brass" bell.
The results indicate that modern humans entered the Upper Danube region before an extremely cold climatic phase around 39,000 to 40,000 years ago, the researchers said."Modern humans during the Aurignacian period were in central Europe at least 2,000 to 3,000 years before this climatic deterioration, when huge icebergs calved from ice sheets in the northern Atlantic and temperatures plummeted," study researcher Tom Higham, of Oxford University, said in a statement.Some instruments, mostly from the 1920's, have either a star ("*") or the letter "B" stamped near the serial number.Current thinking is that these marks indicate a non-standard alloy, probably only of the bell.The drum corps activity began, and rules were established and governed by the Legion & VFW. By that time bugles had advanced to G/D instruments with a horizontally mounted piston change valve, but often with poor intonation and construction. E Olds, Zig Kanstul designed a set of bugles that were so superior that within the first year Olds captured 98% of the market.Later improvements such as two-valve and three-valve vertically mounted pistons were also introduced by Zig Kanstul and Olds, resulting in the modern bugle of today.