Patents Examined by Kimberly R. Lockett
  • Patent number: 11145282
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel woodwind mouthpiece, which comprises: a main body having an elongated streamlined shape; a hollow chamber and a bore inside the main body; a reed table on one side of the main body and partially suspended from the main body; a beak on an opposite side to the reed table on the main body; a reed rail surrounding the beak and connecting to two lateral sides of the reed table to form an opening window between a reed and the hollow chamber inside the main body; and a tip opening disposed between the reed rail at a tip of the beak and an virtual surface extending from a surface of the reed table, wherein the woodwind mouthpiece is made of a plastic, a metal, an alloy, a composite, wood or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Mien-Huei Tzeng
  • Patent number: 11145281
    Abstract: The broken string energy absorbing device includes a fixing mechanism and a cushioning and energy absorbing mechanism. The fixing mechanism is configured to fix the broken string energy absorbing device to a neck of the stringed instrument. The cushioning and energy absorbing mechanism is configured to absorb and weaken the energy when a string of the stringed instrument is broken. The present invention can sufficiently protect the user from not being exploded by the broken string when tuning the strings, which effectively ensures the safety of the user when tuning. The user no longer has the psychological burden of worrying about whether the string will be broken, so that the user can safely tune the strings, which provides good user experience and is favorable for the user to further learn the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN MEIDEAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhihui Liang
  • Patent number: 11145278
    Abstract: There is provided a keyboard instrument in which a plurality of white keys and a plurality of black keys are arranged in a widthwise direction, a total width dimension of the plurality of white keys that constitute one octave is set to 160 mm or less, and a width dimension of an upper surface of each of the black keys is set to 9 mm or more and 10.5 mm or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihide Takata, Yoshiyasu Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 11138959
    Abstract: A fine tuner for a string musical instrument, comprising a main body having an underside, a top side, a first abutment region and having a second abutment region for a string, wherein the second abutment region is spaced apart from the first abutment region, a gripping element for gripping a string portion that is located between the first abutment region and the second abutment region, and an adjusting device, which sits on the main body and acts on the gripping element, wherein a position of the gripping element relative to the main body is adjustable in a fixable manner using the adjusting device and the position of the gripping element determines a deflected position of the string at the fine tuner, and wherein the gripping element entrains the string portion counter to a direction that extends in a direction from the top side to the underside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Wittner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Georg Vochezer
  • Patent number: 11138957
    Abstract: A main body fixing member is disclosed. The main body fixing member fixes an endpin including a shaft portion having a first end housed in a musical instrument main body and a second end stood on a floor. The shaft portion is provided with a recess. The main body fixing member includes a fitting portion, a through hole through which the shaft portion of the endpin extends, an opening disposed orthogonal to the through hole and having a bottom surface, a columnar member, a biasing portion, and a pressing portion. The columnar member is provided with a hole through which the shaft portion extends, and an engagement protrusion engaged with the recess of the shaft portion. The engagement protrusion is formed on an inner surface of the hole. The pressing portion presses the shaft portion inserted into the through hole and the hole via the columnar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Yoshitomo Arai, Yoshiyuki Arai
  • Patent number: 11132982
    Abstract: The Bass Clarinet Body Strap allows a bass clarinetist to attach their body to their bass clarinet and its loop attachment point on the instrument situated above the bass clarinet thumb rest. A wide strap has one end that goes in front of the player approximately at chest level, and extends over one shoulder, across the back, down around the other side of their body coming out below the other arm, and around the front of the player's body where the two wide strap ends meet. One end of the wide strap has a lace attached that is manually passed through an opening in the other end of the wide strap and is affixed to the closed loop of a hook. This hook is then affixed to the bass clarinet loop attachment point above the thumb rest. A buckle on the strap allows for size adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Drapkin
  • Patent number: 11127381
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a converter arrangement (1) for increasing the number of strings on a string instrument, the converter arrangement comprising; a frame (20) with a base plate (21) and a head (30) with string adjustment screws (31); additional strings (2) attached to the base plate (21) and extending to the head (30) where the strings (2) terminate at the adjustment screws (31) which allow the additional strings (2) to be tuned; means (102) for releasably attaching the converter arrangement to the string side on the string instrument. The present invention also relates to a method for applying the converter arrangement (1) to a string instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Josefin Fredén, Samuel Fredén
  • Patent number: 11120779
    Abstract: A structure for adjusting an angle of a pedal to be folded or unfolded includes a pedal seat, a rotating block and a locking element, wherein the pedal seat includes an upright post with a through lug, and the through lug is provided with a through hole, the rotating block includes a pivot hole to provide the through lug passing through and corresponding to the through hole, the rotating block and the upright post are provided with at least one contact surface, the rotating block and the upright post are respectively provided with at least one matched clamping structure to be correspondingly clamped at the at least one contact surface, the rotating block and the upright post are clamped by the locking element, so that matched clamping structures of the rotating block and matched clamping structures of the upright post are together engaged in a pairwise manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Tsun-Chi Liao
  • Patent number: 11120777
    Abstract: An upper cap for a component mounting stud assembly for mounting a component to a stringed instrument. The upper cap includes a receiving shaft and a head. An external diameter of the receiving shaft is smaller than an external diameter of the head. The upper cap includes an internally-threaded portion configured for engagement with an externally-threaded portion. The upper cap also includes a through-hole in the upper cap, wherein the through-hole passes through the receiving shaft and the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED PLATING, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Colas, Steve Tracy
  • Patent number: 11120778
    Abstract: In one example, the disclosed quick release bass drum beater thumb screw comprises a male threaded bolt portion for attachment to a rocker component of a beater assembly. The rocker having a female threaded void therein configured to engage the bolt portion such that rotation of the bolt portion relative to the rocker results in linear/axial movement of the bolt portion relative to the rocker; the bolt portion having a pressure surface on one axial end thereof to frictionally engage an exterior surface of the rotation shaft; the quick release thumb screw comprising a user engagement portion attached to the bolt portion and configured to axially move relative thereto; the user engagement portion comprising a female non-cylindrical surface configured to selectively engage and disengage from the bolt portion to facilitate a ratcheting action; and an elastic member configured to bias the female non-cylindrical surface of the user engagement portion relative to the male non-cylindrical surface on the bolt portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Low Boy LLC
    Inventor: Jeremy Brieske
  • Patent number: 11114072
    Abstract: A guitar pad include a sheet of flexible material including a peripheral edge and a middle region extending entirely and continuously within the peripheral edge. The middle region includes surface area dimensions substantially greater than the thickness of the sheet, a first surface that is compressible, and a second surface which is at least partially conformably drapable over a portion of a guitar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Carter B. White
  • Patent number: 11114071
    Abstract: Provided is a percussion instrument including a substantially cylindrical barrel and a weight fixed to the barrel. More specifically, a plurality of weights 5A to 5D may be provided on the inner circumferential surface of a shell 2 of a drum 1 (a percussion instrument). The weights 5A to 5D may be provided at positions where the weights 5A to 5D have four-fold rotational symmetry in the circumferential direction of the shell 2. The weights 5A to 5D may be each provided between lugs 3 that are provided adjacent to each other on the outer circumferential surface of the shell 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuji Hashimoto, Noritaka Nagai, Banri Abe
  • Patent number: 11107446
    Abstract: A guitar restringing device, including an outer plate body to connect to an outer surface of a guitar bridge, a plurality of string-receiving apertures disposed on at least a portion of a side of the outer plate body to receive at least one guitar string therein, and a plurality of ferrules disposed on at least a portion of a bottom surface of the outer plate body to be inserted into the guitar bridge and to prevent the at least one guitar string from movement away from the plurality of string-receiving apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Kevin Coorough
  • Patent number: 11100906
    Abstract: A bow for a stringed musical instrument comprises resilient strips of bamboo, wood, or other wood-like materials, bonded together to form laminated layers. The principal layers are a central core layer, a top layer bonded to a top side of the core layer and a bottom layer bonded to a bottom side of the core layer. Each layer consists of one or more strips. The layers extend longitudinally along the shaft and are oriented perpendicularly to a plane that runs through a central axis of the shaft and a central axis of the hair of the bow. The top layer and the bottom layer preferably each comprise at least one strip of bamboo. The bamboo layers can produce the desired physical and playing characteristics that resemble those made with traditional exotic wood materials. It is beneficial to use bamboo as it is an organic, biodegradable, inexpensive and readily available material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Mohr & Mohr
    Inventor: Rodney D. Mohr
  • Patent number: 11100905
    Abstract: A tremolo apparatus is provided having a stationary frame, a moving frame, at least one linear guideway, a string retainer, and at least one spring. The stationary frame is configured to be affixed to a planar surface of a stringed instrument. The moving frame has at least one ramp with a flat segment and is guided for oscillation relative to the stationary frame. The at least one linear guideway is provided by the stationary frame or the moving frame and supports the moving frame for oscillation. The string retainer has a plurality of string capture bores and engages with the ramp surface to carry a plurality of strings reciprocally as the string bar rides the ramp surface and reciprocates to alter tension of the strings carried terminally of the string retainer. The at least one spring is interposed between the frames to position the string retainer within the flat segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel Swartz
  • Patent number: 11094300
    Abstract: A stringed instrument, such as an acoustic, electric, or semi-acoustic electric guitar or bass, can employ a stringpath assembly that consists of a tail structure connected to a head structure via a plurality of strings with the tailpiece consisting of a body disposed between a bridge mechanically fastened to a tailpiece with each string of the plurality of strings continuously extending from the bridge through the body to the tailpiece to efficiently capture vibration of the plurality of the strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Paul Janowski
  • Patent number: 11094301
    Abstract: A drum key is configured to turn a tension rod of a drum, where the tension rod is configured to tune the drum. The drum key comprises a first body having at least one recess shaped to receive the tension rod. The drum key comprises a second body configured to turn the drum key in response to receiving a force applied by a user. The drum key comprises a third body that defines a slot, where the slot is shaped to receive the tension rod. The drum key comprises a magnet located inside the slot defined by the third body and/or a magnet located inside the slot defined by the first, second, and third body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Mathew Strickland
  • Patent number: 11094299
    Abstract: A bridge body for a bridge assembly for a stringed instrument. The bridge body includes a plurality of saddle regions arranged in the bridge body, each of the saddle regions configured to accommodate a saddle, two receiving passages that pass through the bridge body from an upper side of the bridge body to a lower side of the bridge body, and upper recessed contact surfaces respectively arranged at upper ends of the receiving passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED PLATING, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Colas, Steve Tracy
  • Patent number: 11087725
    Abstract: A universal drumstick for use by a drummer, the drummer having a hand with a thumb, an index finger, a middle finger, a ring finger, and a pinkie finger, comprising, a distal tip, a shaft proximal to the distal tip, a handle proximal to the shaft, the handle having a grip therethrough, the grip sized to allow the drummer's little finger and ring finger to extend therethrough, the shaft angled relative to the handle such that at least a portion of the shaft is above the drummer's middle and index fingers when the drummer's pinkie and ring fingers are within the grip, whereby the drummer can play a stick-drum with the universal drumstick and also play a hand-drum without removing the universal drumstick from the drummer's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Bongo Peckers, LLC
    Inventor: Travis A. Fenwick
  • Patent number: 11087723
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein describe keyless locking tremolo systems and methods for musical instruments that are configured to tune and restrain strings for a musical instrument without an external tool. Embodiments are configured to adjust the vertical positioning of a tightening post and string clamp without an external tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Mark E. Hackett