Patents Examined by Robert W. Horn
  • Patent number: 10818272
    Abstract: A bridge saddle assembly for a musical instrument has a channel member with a side rail. A bridge saddle is disposed within the channel member. The bridge saddle has a cylindrical, rectangular, triangular, thin blade, or rounded top and bottom with flat sides shape. A rocker cup is disposed under the channel member to allow the bridge saddle assembly to pivot. The bridge saddle is a homogenous material, such as brass, with a plurality of grooves adapted for receiving a plurality of strings. A bolt is disposed through an opening in the side rail and into a threaded opening in the bridge saddle. A spring is disposed over the bolt between the side rail and the bridge saddle. A tail assembly is mounted to a surface of the musical instrument. A plurality of strings is coupled to the tail assembly and extend through the grooves in the bridge saddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Alan Buehl, Dennis Galuszka
  • Patent number: 10810978
    Abstract: To assist a human player in performing a plurality of foot operators (pedal keys) operable with a human player's foot, a foot operator image indicative of the foot operator group is displayed on a display screen. Chord information of a chord to be performed is acquired, and a pitch of a bass note corresponding to the chord indicated by the acquired chord information is identified. A particular foot operator corresponding to the identified pitch of the bass note is visually designated on the foot operator image displayed on the display screen. An object indicative of a chord name is displayed on the same display screen. Objects indicative of one or more chord names corresponding to a chord progression over a plurality of measures is displayed. A display object highlighting one object indicative of a particular chord name is added in accordance with a progression of a performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akemi Kubita
  • Patent number: 10810977
    Abstract: A pitch changer system for a string musical instrument, including a lever assembly, a rotating saddle assembly, a swing plate, and a lever tensioning assembly. Applying force to move the lever in a first direction forces a bell crank matingly coupled to the lever into rotation such that a coupling system of the lever tensioning assembly causes the swing plate to force a rotating saddle of the rotating saddle assembly into rotation to elongate and thereby temporarily change the pitch of a string coupled to the rotating saddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Glaser Bender, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Glaser
  • Patent number: 10810984
    Abstract: A fingering display device and a fingering display program capable of drawing a fingering moving image close to actual keyboard operations by minimizing the moving distance of the back of a hand is provided. A fingering display program to perform fingering display on a screen by drawing a fingering moving image of playing a musical instrument in a musical piece reproduction based on playing information including respective musical sounds of a musical piece and corresponding finger numbers, wherein when generating a fingering drawing based on fingering position information corresponding to a reproduction time in the musical piece reproduction, the fingering display program makes a computer execute: generating the fingering position information based on single key pressing information, and synthetic key pressing information obtained by synthesizing respective key pressing information at a plurality of different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: KAWAI MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masanori Katsuta
  • Patent number: 10810975
    Abstract: A capo for a musical instrument includes a yoke having two opposed branches. A clamping bar, connected to one yoke branch, includes an engaging boss which fits into a machined notch of a second yoke branch, to releasably lock the clamping bar therein. The clamping bar pivots around a retaining shaft, and is also slidably movable by a length of a slot formed therein. A saddle member has a central stem, a seat attached to the stem, and an adjustment member for tightening the saddle member on the yoke. A resilient, tubular biasing member surrounds a main body of the clamping bar. Pressing a free end of the clamping bar compresses the biasing member, and slides the engaging portion of the clamping bar out of the machined notch of the yoke, to allow pivotal movement of the clamping bar and removal of the capo from the musical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Bryan Paige
  • Patent number: 10803838
    Abstract: A body of an electric guitar includes: a main body that includes a solid body and includes a recess; and a recess rigidity reinforcing member that is in contact with two or more contact regions of an inner surface of the recess and reinforces the rigidity of the recess, the two or more contact regions being located away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Kenta Ishizaka
  • Patent number: 10796675
    Abstract: A piano sheet music holder displays sheet music while being mounted within the piano cabinet. The piano sheet music holder comprises a sheet music holder with at least one footed projection extending from the sheet music holder via an arm, wherein the arm is shaped to fit within the piano cabinet so that the footed projection anchors the sheet music holder onto the front of the piano. The footed projection cantilevers the sheet music holder by pressing upward against the music rack and/or the music shelf of the piano.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Marty H. Turney
  • Patent number: 10796679
    Abstract: The automated wind chime comprises a housing and a wobble arm. The housing may be suspended from a clapper of a wind chime. A motor within the housing may rotate the wobble arm when energized. The wobble arm may be unbalanced such that rotation of the wobble arm causes the housing to sway in an erratic pattern. Moving the housing in the erratic pattern may cause the clapper to strike a plurality of percussion targets within the wind chime thus producing chime music even in the absence of wind. The housing may have a novelty appearance. As non-limiting examples, the housing may be shaped like a duck, turkey, Easter bunny, Santa Claus, musical note, or flower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Donald F. Powell
  • Patent number: 10796671
    Abstract: A keyboard apparatus includes a key; a guide regulating a direction in which the key moves, the guide being arranged at three or more locations not lined in a straight line when seen along a scale direction of the key, and the guide slidably making contact with the key from the scale direction; and a connecting portion connecting the key to a frame at the back side of the key from the guide, the connecting portion including a rod-like flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunsuke Ichiki
  • Patent number: 10789917
    Abstract: A sound processing device includes: a combining processor that combines a performance sound and a source sound, based on operation information corresponding to a performance operation on an instrument. The performance sound is obtained by picking up a sound generated by the performance operation on the instrument. The source sound is obtained from a sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakazu Kato, Takashi Sakamoto, Hideaki Takehisa
  • Patent number: 10789915
    Abstract: An acoustic string instrument includes a top plate, a back plate, and a body disposed between the top plate and the back plate. The body has a plurality of first positioning portions. At least one of the top plate or the back plate, or both has a plurality of second positioning portions. The first positioning portions are fixed to the second positioning portions corresponding to the first positioning portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuki Soga, Toshihisa Yamazaki, Yoshiro Yamauchi, Akio Matsushima, Hiroshi Nakaya
  • Patent number: 10789918
    Abstract: A pedal assembly for a drum or other foot-actuated device may comprise a curved pedal and an adjustable pedal return spring tensioner mechanism. An actuatable region disposed at a top surface of the pedal preferably comprises a first concavity disposed more or less centrally in a pedal length direction between a first convexity and a second convexity. The tensioner mechanism preferably comprises a vertical lead screw parallel to the pedal return spring and coupled by way of a nut to a lower end of the pedal return spring. The lead screw may be slidingly coupled to a vertical post. By causing the lead screw to be adjustable from above and have an efficiency low enough to prevent backdriving, a drummer or other such operator can conveniently adjust tension without the need for disassembly and without the need to loosen a locknut or other such locking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew Guyre
  • Patent number: 10783860
    Abstract: A drum and pitch adjustment device for a drum includes a drum with a sound producing membrane, a device for applying pressure to the sound producing membrane, and a cable configured to the device for applying and releasing pressure to the sound producing membrane, changing the pitch of the drum, but goes back to the drum's original pitch when absent this force. A hand operated lever, located on the side of the drum, operates the cable which makes the pressure device push up against the sound producing membrane and changing it's pitch. Absent this force, the drum goes back to its original pitch, which creates different tonal variety when played in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Lawrence Jin-Sung Ham
  • Patent number: 10783862
    Abstract: Provided is a guitar case that can include a body for placement of a guitar; a translucent or transparent window where a portion of the guitar is visible from outside of the case; and a speaker; wherein the guitar placed inside of the case is configured to play over the speaker with a wired or wireless connection. The guitar case can further include a panel or a screen. The screen can be a touch-screen. The panel can be configured to move to allow access to electronics inside of the case. The panel can pivot out. The guitar case can further include a door, the door having the window. The guitar case can further include a camera or a microphone. The case can be configured so that a guitar is placed at an angle of less than vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: MOSER-LUCIDO-PRODUCTION, LLC
    Inventor: Don Louis Moser
  • Patent number: 10777182
    Abstract: A bell including an outside surface, inside surface, lip at the bottom of the bell, sound bow above the lip, waist above the sound bow; above the waist a shoulder having a diameter equal to: 0.55*LD ±5%, and crown at the top of the bell above the shoulder; wherein a portion of the inside surface generally adjacent the shoulder has a first end at or near the crown; a second end at or near the waist and a inflection point generally in-between the first and second ends; as the inside surface portion extends away from the first end towards the point of inflection, the portion extends away from the crown more than it extends towards the outside surface; and as the inside surface portion extends towards the second end from the point of inflection, the portion extends towards the outside surface more than it extends away from the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: John Taylor Bell Foundry (Loughborough) Limited
    Inventor: Michael John Semken
  • Patent number: 10777171
    Abstract: An electric musical instrument includes a body and a resonant stack. The resonant stack includes a bridge having a bridge mass and at least a first spring having a first spring constant, in which the first spring is positioned between the bridge and the body. The resonant stack has at least one resonant frequency that is dependent on the bridge mass and the first spring constant. The electric musical instrument includes a plurality of strings that extend across at least a portion of the body, in which each string has a vibrating length defined at least in part by the bridge. The electric musical instrument includes at least a first pickup device to detect vibrations of the strings and generate a first pickup signal, and at least a second pickup device to detect movements of the bridge and generate a second pickup signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Tiene, Roman N. Litovsky, Mikhail Ioffe, Chester Smith Williams
  • Patent number: 10770042
    Abstract: A rod holder for musical instrument used for adjusting relative angles of two musical instrument rods, comprising two clamp sets clamping the two musical instrument rods and a connecting ring, respectively. Each clamp set comprises a fixed clamping block, a movable clamping block, a locking member and a cylindrical portion. One surface of the fixed clamping block and one surface of the movable clamping block which correspond to each other are respectively recessed inwardly and face to each other to form a clamping groove, and one side of the cylindrical portion opposite to the clamping groove is disposed with a circular disk. The connecting ring comprises two approximately circular grooves, and the two circular disks are respectively disposed in the two approximately circular grooves. The two circular disks rotate in the two approximately circular grooves to allow the two clamp sets capable of rotating relative to the connecting ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Tsun-Chi Liao
  • Patent number: 10770040
    Abstract: A woodwind instrument with improved tonal characteristics that plays both in-tune and with a timbre consistent with the rest of the range of notes. The instrument may be an improved saxophone having a tone hole on at least one joined section of the saxophone. The joined section may be a joint between a saxophone body and a upper bow, a joint between a saxophone body and lower bow or both. A connecting ring may be used at the joined section and, if used, will receive the tone hole. A method of improving the tonal characteristics of a saxophone comprises the steps of identifying at least one joint between two sections on said saxophone and soldering a tone hole at the joint. A connecting ring may be soft soldered to the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: CANNONBALL MUSICAL INTRUMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Lillywhite, Tevis Laukat, Randal Clark, Sheryl Laukat
  • Patent number: 10770043
    Abstract: A wireless drumstick having a tubular hollow body portion, having a tip section having a plurality of LED lights mounted inside the tip section, at least a portion of the tip section being translucent to allow the LED light to illuminate the tip of the drumstick. The tubular hollow body portion further including a wireless mic, and a battery is electronically connected to the LED lights and wireless mic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Edwards
  • Patent number: 10770038
    Abstract: A sound-hole cover includes a frame member, insert member, and foam spring members. The frame member has a rim and a front surface that is recessed from the rim. The frame member also has a plurality of spring-loaded orifices and a back surface of the frame member has a plurality of spring member holders opening radially outwardly from a center point of the frame member. An insert member has a planar front surface and a plurality of pegs, each peg corresponding to one of the spring-loaded orifices such that when the pegs are inserted into the spring-loaded orifices, the insert member remains on the frame member within the rim. There are foam spring members, each foam spring member is held by a corresponding spring member holder of the frame member. The foam spring members removably hold the sound-hole cover within a sound-hole of a musical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: William Dean Going