Instrument Supports Patents (Class 84/327)
  • Patent number: 11900901
    Abstract: A versatile guitar and bass guitar strap is disclosed. This instrument carrying strap eliminates the need to detach and reattach the strap when adjustment is required for twisting, and also eliminates the wear and tear associated with having to detach and reattach the strap. A swivel connector is applied to at least one terminal end of the strap at a connection point with the instrument. The swivel connector has a first and a second rotator that are carried on an axial pin for rotational movement relative to each other. Rotator arms are configured for coupling with the strap and a connector tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Jose Jeune
  • Patent number: 11727903
    Abstract: A musical instrument clamp system which includes a bracket assembly having a first end and a second end, a cradle assembly, a clamp assembly operatively connected to the first end of the bracket assembly, wherein the clamp assembly is also removably attached to the cradle assembly, an extension assembly having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the extension assembly is operatively connected to the second end of the bracket assembly, a hook assembly, wherein the hook assembly is operatively connected to the second end of the extension assembly, and a musical instrument removably retained on the hook assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Inventor: Rian Carr
  • Patent number: 11705092
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of stringed instruments including extended string retaining saddle straps are disclosed. The exemplary embodiments include an extended string retaining saddle strap connected to each of, and between, a string connection to the instrument's strings at a bottom portion of a body portion of the stringed instrument and a saddle strap connector at an upper portion of the body portion of the stringed instrument. In an aspect, the saddle strap connector may be connected to a neck block portion joining a neck portion of the stringed instrument to the body portion, within a hollow interior of the body portion. In an aspect, connecting the extended string retaining saddle strap to each of, and between, the string connection and the saddle strap connector creates a tension that tends to pull the string connection and the saddle strap connector towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Upton Bass String Instrument Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Upton
  • Patent number: 11610567
    Abstract: A musical instrument support apparatus for displaying a guitar in a plurality of viewing positions may include a securement frame configured to be rotatably mounted to a vertical surface and including a plurality of bars connected together; a pair of side arms pivotably mounted to the securement frame, each arm in the pair of side arms configured to pivotably adjust to contact the body of the guitar; and a wall mount bracket attached to the securement frame and configured to be attached to the vertical surface. The support apparatus may be designed to secure the guitar with the body disposed on the support plate and the pair of sides of the body secured within the pair of arms, wherein the securement frame is rotatably adjusted relative to the support base to display the secured guitar in one of the plurality of viewing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventor: Elie Maalouf
  • Patent number: 11595506
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a cellphone self-standing device that allows any cellphone to stand in position and angles that are more suited for selfie and two way video communication. The device of this invention integrates with the cellphone such that it can be carried around easily, the same way that cellphones are; store with the cellphone in where cellphones are normally stored; and operate on demand with minimal set up, to facilitate ease of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: AKBI Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Nader Kameli
  • Patent number: 11462196
    Abstract: A musical instrument support has pivoting clamp members, with a first clamp member attached to a base member and a second clamp member attached to a shuttle member, with an adjustable distance between the two clamp members. The first clamp member and the second clamp member pivot independently of each other, thereby allowing attachment to a musical instrument having a variable or uneven body thickness. The musical instrument support may also have a socket attached to the bottom of the member. A support pillar may be attached to the base member, such as by a ball end of the support pillar received within the socket, which allows the angle of the support pillar to be changed with respect to the base member and with respect to the instrument. An opposite end of the support pillar may be attached to a leg support or extend to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventor: Eric Ivor Gruenberg
  • Patent number: 11328695
    Abstract: Improved endpin stand apparatus for large stringed instruments are provided. The endpin stand apparatus comprises components to elevate the endpin shaft from the floor on which the endpin stand apparatus rests, and may comprise a kickstand. The endpin stand apparatus may comprise an endpin shaft and/or a hole for receiving an endpin shaft, or may comprise a platform, which supports a large stringed instrument. The endpin stand apparatus allows for adjustment of the height of the apparatus and thus of the stringed instrument, and may allow of adjustment of the angle of the instrument relative to the axis defined by the apparatus. The apparatus allows a user to stand while playing the instrument, and to move through a forward-to-back and side-to-side range of motion. The adjustable height and angle allow for a range of instrument locations and angles, and increased range of motion by the musician while playing the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Emmanuel Simon Feldman
  • Patent number: 11270678
    Abstract: A guitar positioning device, including a strip of resilient or flexible material, such as formed or molded from rubber, or polymer, can be adhered to the lower or lateral edges of the guitar, or banjo, in which it is used, while the exposed surface of the device will frictionally engage upon the legs of the musician, so as to prevent slippage of the instrument during its usage and application. The positioning device can be adhered by integral suction cups, at least two in number, or by an adhesive, a double sided tape, or even hook and pile fastening means, or rivet, in order to secure the positioning device to the exposed edge of the instrument that rests upon the legs of the musician, during a performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Terry Scott Jarvis
  • Patent number: 11264001
    Abstract: A musical instrument stand support apparatus with enhanced stability and a rotatable adjustment mechanism designed to display a guitar in one of a plurality of viewing positions is provided. The stand support apparatus includes a support base, a securement frame rotatably mounted to the support base and having a plurality of bars and a support plate, an upper cradle coupled to the securement frame, and a pair of arms pivotably mounted to the securement frame. The stand support apparatus is designed to secure the guitar with its body disposed on the support plate, guitar neck disposed within the upper cradle and pair of sides of the guitar body secured within the pair of arms. The securement frame is rotatably adjusted relative to the support base to display the secured guitar in one of the plurality of viewing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Elie Maalouf
  • Patent number: 11127385
    Abstract: A support device has a planar base that is positioned under the legs of a user and on top of the surface of the chair, when a user is in a seated position. An adjustable tube connects the base to an adjustable joint, with a platform on the opposing side of the adjustable joint. The adjustable joint provides position adjustments to the platform in the orientations of pitch, roll, and yaw. The adjustable tube allows the distance from the base to the platform to change. The device supports the weight of an instrument which may be placed on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Barry Hulce
  • Patent number: 11094303
    Abstract: A strap button for attaching a supporting strap to a musical instrument is disclosed. The strap button includes an inner flange, a lug, a retaining flange, and an outer flange, with the inner flange configured to directly or indirectly contact the musical instrument. The lug is adjacent to the inner flange on one end, and the retaining flange and the outer flange on the other end. The lug is configured to support a hole of a supporting strap between the outer flange and the musical instrument. The retaining flange serves as a barrier to the supporting strap from slipping off the lug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Sterling Black
  • Patent number: 11024271
    Abstract: A musical instrument utility harness includes a utility harness for bearing the weight of a standard shoulder strap worn musical instrument on the core of the body while providing a means for accessing and fastening related accessories and adaptations, while providing a lateral stability strap assembly for dynamic lateral support and stability, while allowing complete hands free operation of the supported instrument. A holding strap inversion assembly for allowing the unhampered operation of control potentiometers and the like on electric instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Jack Jay Hopfinger
  • Patent number: 11007103
    Abstract: A locking clip for attaching a patient sling to a spreader bar includes a first attachment site for accepting an attachment element mounted on either the sling or the spreader bar, a second attachment site for attaching the device to the other of the sling or the spreader bar, and at least one locking element for locking the attachment element in place. The clip also includes a release mechanism to allow removal of an attachment element and is configured to allow rotation of the attachment element when it is locked in place so that the sling can be rotated relative to the spreader bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: ArjoHuntleigh Magog Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Custeau-Boisclair, Martin Faucher, Marie-Lou Joncas, Yvan Matteau, Erick Calderon
  • Patent number: 11004433
    Abstract: A load-bearing support for an object includes a sleeve, a bushing lodged in the bore of the sleeve, a bent shaft having a portion that extends through the bushing and a portion that is coupled to an undercarriage, and a tensioning device for pulling the shaft against the bushing. The bushing is notched at a desired location so that, when the support is attached to the object and the shaft is lodged in the notch, an angle is formed between the shaft and a principally vertical axis of the object to thereby support the weight of the object via a force reactive to compression of the shaft. The location of the notch may be adjusted to accommodate a variety of supported objects by rotating the bearing within the bore of the sleeve, and an exterior surface of the sleeve may be marked to permit precise rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Douglas VanHaight
  • Patent number: 10995900
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vertical floor self-locking musical instrument stand and a self-locking hook. The vertical floor self-locking musical instrument stand is provided with a plurality of folding structures, which can facilitate telescopic storage and reduce the occupied space. The telescopic length can be changed as needed to be portable. Various components are flexibly connected and assembled. The height of the position can be adjusted as needed. The stand is equipped with a folding anti-collision component and a self-locking hook, which can better protect the musical instrument and prevent the musical instrument from bumping or falling. When the musical instrument is suspended on the self-locking hook, the self-locking hook automatically locks the self-locking locking arm under the gravity of the musical instrument itself, providing protection for the musical instrument suspended thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Sen He, Xu Liang
  • Patent number: 10898639
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for a portable enteral feeding platform having a telescoping two-piece upright column support which is height adjustable, being pivotally mounted onto a base so that the upright column can be pivoted forwardly onto the base into a storage position. In the upright position, the upright column support is both height adjustable and 360 degrees rotatable at its top where it supports an adjustable clamp wherein the clamp can be rotated 360 degrees and locked in place and wherein the adjustable clamp can be moved toward and away from the upright support column to a user selected position. The adjustable clamp is designed to receive and securely hold a syringe or like feeding tube. An optional base clamp is also provided for securing the base to a table top or like support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Terrill Lamb
  • Patent number: 10869976
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a ventilator mount system. The system includes a ventilator mount configured to mount a ventilator thereon; a platform configured to be carried by a stand; and a releasable lock assembly configured to affix the ventilator mount to the platform. In some embodiments, the lock assembly is configured to be moved between a locked position and a release position. In some embodiments, the ventilator mount is releasable from the platform when the lock assembly is moved from the locked position to the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: David Hoysan
  • Patent number: 10789919
    Abstract: An acoustic guitar strap lock adapter that utilizes a conventional strap lock system in a manner that does not require modification to be made to the guitar. The adapter includes an elongated body having first and second ends, a first opening formed through the elongated body adjacent the first end thereof and being internally threaded to co-axially engage with the guitar's pick-up jack; and a second opening formed through the elongated body adjacent the second end thereof and being configured to securely receive a strap lock therein, whereby the guitar strap can be anchored to the acoustic guitar at a position offset from the pick-up jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Music Nomad, LLC
    Inventors: Rand Rognlien, Glen C. Wolff
  • Patent number: 10674814
    Abstract: To provide a support device having preferable operability. A music stand includes a support body supporting a music. A movable body is provided at a support column of the support body to be movable. A fixed body is provided at a lower end portion of the support column. A leg body is fitted to the movable body to be rotatable. The fixed body and the leg body are connected with a connection body. The movable body has three leg fitting projections arranged in a peripheral direction of the movable body main body part. The leg body has facing portions separately facing each other with the leg fitting projection interposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Koichiro Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10535329
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a magnetically latched, spring assisted, built-in guitar stand that is built in to a guitar to provide quick standing of the guitar without the need for a separate guitar stand. The magnetically latched, spring assisted, built-in guitar stand consists of a stand arm that pivots away from the guitar when opened to form a tripod-like footprint that allows the guitar to stand by itself. The reduced footprint of the guitar stand allows the guitar to stand in a relatively small area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Sean Michael Berg
  • Patent number: 10418007
    Abstract: The present application introduces a musical instrument stand which can be easily carried or installed, comprising: a first part in which a stopper piece extends upward on one side of a support body for placing musical instrument; a second part elastically connected to the first part and extendable in the longitudinal direction with respect to the first part; and a locking means provided on the first and second parts and a fixing force to a counterpart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Hae Min Park
  • Patent number: 10235899
    Abstract: A locator device for removable attachment to a musical instrument body to locate a musician's hand or arm while holding or manipulating the instrument. The locator device includes a guide structure for providing a contact surface for the musician's hand or arm. An attachment structure is connected to the guide structure for removably attaching the guide structure to the instrument body at a location selected to locate the musician's hand or arm in relation to the instrument, the attachment structure configured to detach from the instrument body without damaging the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Weinraub Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Kara Weinraub, Marc Jeffrey Seal
  • Patent number: 10176790
    Abstract: A guitar support for supporting a guitar during a performance includes a base, a stand having an upper portion, a lower portion, and a curved middle portion. A lower end of the lower portion is connected to the base. A shaped support element is connected to a top end of the upper portion, the shaped support element having a top surface shaped to support a guitar body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventor: Jonathan J. Gangi
  • Patent number: 10157601
    Abstract: A strap button and connector for connecting one end of a strap to a musical instrument or other body consists of a connector fixed to the instrument and a removable strap button to hold a strap securely. The connector has a large opening or mouth and is designed so that the strap button and the connector be easily engaged or disengaged. When the threaded neck of strap button is received into threaded connector cavity the strap button is easily hand screwed together and the additional aid of a rubber washer placed between strap button neck and connector head or lip keeps the two parts from disengaging. The strap at this point is secure from coming off the strap button and the strap still has movability between player and instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Brett Runge
  • Patent number: 10147406
    Abstract: A strap attachable to a musical instrument for enabling a musician to wear the musical instrument and for carrying at least one instrument playing accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Yevgeniy Blekherman, Dimitri Vishnepolsky
  • Patent number: 10109263
    Abstract: This is a universal support system for bar percussion instruments. It can support any size and type bar percussion instrument, in any size snare basket, with any snare basket arm bracket variations. When used in a snare basket having a ball joint, the system can tilt the bar percussion instrument into infinitely many positions, enabling performance art never before possible with this type of instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Brett Fugate
  • Patent number: 10037749
    Abstract: A collapsible and height adjustable stand for a stringed musical instrument is described; specifically, a compact, portable and customizable stand for holding stringed instruments in a secure upright position. The stand can be easily used and also collapsed back quickly after use. Padding on the top and bottom cradle handles holds the instrument and cushions the stringed instruments. Also, a bow hook attached to the upper part of the stand allows for hanging the bow. The adjustable height feature allows the stand to hold musical stringed instruments of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew Glasser, Felix Chen
  • Patent number: 9990910
    Abstract: An automatically actuating strap lock mechanism for use on instruments is disclosed. The multiple embodiments disclosed herein use an automatically actuating retaining mechanism to allow a user to attach the end of a strap to a strap button on an instrument without having to manipulate a lever or knob. The retaining mechanism is capable of being moved into the open position using the head of a strap button, allowing a user to slide the mechanism over a strap button. Once a strap button is seated in the strap lock mechanism, the retaining mechanism is automatically released, locking the strap button in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: D'Addario & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Ned Steinberger
  • Patent number: 9805699
    Abstract: A guitar arm rest adapted for mounting on a side of a guitar for holding a guitar player's arm in a proper position on the guitar. The guitar arm rest includes an arm rest cup received next to an edge of the side of the guitar. A front of the arm rest cup is adapted for receiving the guitar player's arm thereon. A base plate is hinged to a back of the arm rest cup. The base plate includes one or more suction cups for securing the guitar rest on the side of the guitar. One end of a height adjustment pivot plate is hinged on the base plate. An opposite end of the pivot plate is received in a selected hole in a hole track plate. The hole track plate is attached to a rear of the arm rest cup. The pivot plate is used to adjust the height/angle of the arm rest cup above the side of the guitar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9721550
    Abstract: An instrument support adapted for placement between a musical instrument and a musician's body includes a flexible pad joined to a flexible flap. The instrument support has a roughly textured side for resting against a musician's clothing without slipping and a smoothly textured side for contacting the instrument. A transverse ridge extending from an approximately flat upper surface of the pad establishes an accurately repeatable position reference for playing the instrument and prevents the instrument from slipping from the pad. The smoothly textured top of the pad establishes close contact with a smooth surface on the instrument and may establish stiction or suction between the pad and the instrument. An end of the flap may optionally be tucked around a belt worn by a musician to hold the pad in a preferred position against the musician's chosen leg. Some embodiments include a belt clip attached the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel Manrique
  • Patent number: 9715869
    Abstract: A stand adapted for placement between the legs of a player while in a sitting position supports the weight of a standard 5-string resonator banjo or banjo of similar head radius. A locking telescopic design with an instrument cradle allows the player to adjust the height to accommodate a comfortable playing position. The stand removes all of the weight of the banjo from the back, shoulders and legs of the player and allows for a more comfortable practice or playing session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Chris Sorenson, Stephanie Sorenson
  • Patent number: 9704461
    Abstract: A stand for a stringed instrument includes a base, a post, a lower support, and an upper support. The post extends between a lower end portion and an upper end portion, the lower end portion is proximally located relative to the base, and the upper end portion is distally located relative to the base. The lower support is disposed relative to the lower end portion of the post. The upper support is disposed relative to the upper end portion of the post. The lower support is selectively moveable relative to the upper support, between a receiving position and a locking position. The lower support is biased toward the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: The Music People, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Hennessey
  • Patent number: 9514721
    Abstract: A guitar support device permits ergonomic use of a guitar by a seated user, without attachment of any damaging hardware to the instrument. The guitar rest receives the lower and upper bouts of a guitar body with a complementary shaped frame. Stabilizer mounts abutting the guitar face and at least one stop abutting the guitar's back secure the device. The ergonomic support securely cradles the guitar so that the user may move around to better play or to relieve pressure points. The weight of the guitar is distributed over the user's leg and supported by a toe that descends vertically between the user's legs and abuts the surface upon which the user sits. The device is hinged to allow it to fold and skeletally framed to reduce weight and create a carrying handle, both of which make it easily transportable and storable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Brent William Champion
  • Patent number: 9495945
    Abstract: A guitar pad is designed to support a guitar or similar stringed instrument on the lap of a seated player, and the body portion rests on the pad when it is draped over on one of the player's legs. This facilitates the player maintaining proper posture and positioning when playing the instrument. The guitar pad is formed of a single-thickness piece of a flexible non-adhesive grip material formed of a woven scrim on which beads of a low-slip resin are positioned to alternate with open spaces; and a frame or border affixed onto the edge of the grip material. The frame or border may be formed of a narrow strip or strips of a low-stretch flexible material, e.g., leather or synthetic leather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Michael A. George
  • Patent number: 9373312
    Abstract: A harness for suspending a large stringed instrument on the player. A peg belt wraps around and secures the harness to the peg box. A strap assembly stretches diagonally across the player's back from the peg belt to the endpin or anchor. The strap assembly has a central sash with a bottom extension and a top extension. Optional detachable sash cushions attach to the inner surface of the sash. An eyelet in the bottom extension attaches at the endpin. A neck connector extends from the outer surface of the sash near the top end of the sash. The free end of the neck connector loops between the neck/fingerboard and instrument body and detachably attaches to the free end of the top extension. The peg belt detachably attaches to the neck connector. An optional chest cushion hangs from the instrument where the neck/fingerboard attach to the instrument body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Michael G Block
  • Patent number: 9368094
    Abstract: A system and method for safely supporting a stringed musical instrument at various positions of orientation while processing actions are being performed on the instrument. A support structure includes a plurality of reorientable surfaces that each present a depression, a majority of the depressions each having a slope relative to a longitudinal axis (all slopes may be different) to provide an adjustable work surface, such a supporting a musical instrument in various configurations and arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Music Nomad LLC
    Inventors: Rand Rognlien, Pieter Hans Schouten
  • Patent number: 9257110
    Abstract: Disclosed is a torque suppressor for bodies having a forward assembly comprising an extension having a rear-portion, a mid-portion, and a fore-portion, wherein the fore-portion is configured to attach to the forward assembly, the rear-portion is configured to attach to the body at a forward point of attachment, and the mid-portion is configured to attach to a first end of a shoulder strap, the shoulder strap having a second end configured to attach to a rear point of attachment of the body. The device is effective in eliminating neck dive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Gordon S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9257109
    Abstract: Eyebolt mounting devices are disclosed. In an aspect, the present disclosure provides an eyebolt bracket assembly for mounting a musical instrument to a rod. The assembly has a bracket having a first side having a first opening, a second side having a second opening, and a top side having a third opening. The bracket houses an eyebolt member having a threaded portion and an eye opening portion. The eye opening portion has an eye opening, an outer surface, and inner surface. A spring is disposed on the threaded portion and to apply a variable tension force to the eyebolt member. The threaded portion passes through the third opening and receives a washer and a fastener. The eyebolt member is held to the bracket by the fastener and is movable within the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: DRUM WORKSHOP, INC.
    Inventors: Andrzej J Krol, Victor Filonovich, Sergio G. Bonsignore
  • Patent number: 9245503
    Abstract: In some aspects, a musical percussion support stand includes a stand tube, legs that are configured to be deployed perpendicular to the stand tube in supporting arrangement and a set of two or more height adjustable foot elements. The height adjustable foot elements include a body with at least one rest surface and a first recess. The first recess is configured to receive a leg, with a central axis of the first recess substantially parallel to a horizontal central axis of the body. The body has a first position and a second position relative to a central axis of the leg. In the first position, the rest surface may be disposed on a supporting surface for supporting the stand, with the leg relatively more spaced above the supporting surface than in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Conn-Selmer, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Allen
  • Patent number: 9196233
    Abstract: A removable cover or protective device has been developed for the lower bout area of a guitar or like musical instrument, especially a classical or acoustic guitar, where the arm meets the instrument in a normal performing position. The device protects the instrument surface from perspiration and also can alleviate potential nerve damage created by resting the forearm on the edge of the instrument. In a typical form, the protective covering can be comprised of leather, faux leather, or leather like polymer, and can be secured to the instrument by the optional use of suction cups attached to the topside of the lower bout of the instrument in a removable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Robert T. Schulze
  • Patent number: 9190041
    Abstract: A leg strap, that connects a guitar or bass player's upper thigh to the shoulder-strap end pin, located on the body of a guitar or bass, for the purpose of supporting the instrument in a stationary playing position, eliminating an adverse condition known as “neck-dive”, which is the tendency in unbalanced and neck-heavy instruments for the neck-portion of the instrument to drop in a downward direction when both hands are taken off the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Miller
  • Patent number: 9108102
    Abstract: An improved supplemental binding attachment scheme involving an extended strap and customizing tool enables customizing of a strapped article of leisure wear. The customizing tool may take the form of a stud, or any number of personalized shapes, including characters, strings, logos, icons and anything that attaches to show that any article belongs to a user. Kits, straps, and software based instructions are likewise included in the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Sean Tudor
  • Patent number: 9070349
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a musical instrument has a strap that is secured at a first end to a base of the instrument by magnetism. An opposite second end is secured around a neck of the instrument by any of various ways. If available, an overall length of the strap is adjusted. The first end of the strap is secured to the base of the instrument by the use of one or more magnets disposed on one side of a planar rear surface of the base and by a ferric or steel member disposed on an opposite side of the rear surface. Magnetic attraction pinches and secures the magnets and steel member in position until urged apart. Fabric covering around the magnets and steel member prevent damage. The magnets or, alternately, the steel member are inserted through a sound hole into an interior of the instrument base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: James Warren Fischer
  • Patent number: 9016640
    Abstract: A stationary base with at least two door shrouds extending from a tower portion. The tower portion has at least one groove communicating with a groove guide. An actuating housing is attached to the groove guide and connected to at least one force member positioned between the base and the actuating housing. At least one containment door is positioned in a door groove adjacent each door shroud. Each containment door communicates with the actuating housing with at least one guide pin positioned in a guide slot of each containment door, the guide slot being angled at a predetermined angle to translate vertical movement of the actuating housing to horizontal movement of each containment door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: RKS Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi K. Sawhney, Kavinder Singh, John Vernon
  • Patent number: 9010701
    Abstract: A stand for supporting an object comprises: a first main support leg; a second main support leg; a first vertical support member pivotally connected to the first main support leg; and a second vertical support member pivotally connected to the second main support leg, such that first and second vertical support members can be rotated relative to the first and second main support legs to configure the stand in a storage position or a deployed position. The stand further comprises a hinge that operably joins the first vertical support member to the second vertical support member. The stand further comprises a first rear leg configured for sliding movement relative to the first main support leg between a retracted position and an extended position; and a second rear leg configured for sliding movement relative to the second main support leg between a refracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Coopercopia, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Lee Cooper
  • Patent number: 8978945
    Abstract: A musical instrument strap 100 has a neck band 101 worn on the back side of the neck of a musical instrument player, and also has a musical instrument connector 10 that is connected to both ends of the neck band 101 extending forward respectively from the left and right sides of the neck and connects the neck band 101 to a musical instrument. The musical instrument connector 10 has a flat plate 1 that prevents a right portion of the neck band 101 that extends forward from the right side of the neck, and a left portion of the neck band 101 that extends forward from the left side of the neck, from approaching each other, thereby maintaining the distance between the right portion and the left portion; and a hook 5 capable of engaging with the musical instrument. The flat plate 1 has a hole where the right end of the neck band 101 is connected and a hole where the left end of the neck band 101 is connected, and the left and right holes are spaced from each other by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Yumiko Komura
  • Patent number: 8975498
    Abstract: A device and method of supporting a stringed musical instrument such as a ukulele or guitar in a stable hands-free playing position on the user by means of a shoulder strap comprising a single adjustable closed loop including a one-half twist which follows a specific novel path under the strings and about the instrument and the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Dennis Mullins
  • Patent number: 8975502
    Abstract: A very efficient guitar design, light weight and having a body-mounted tuning system to assist with performance is disclosed. The guitar comprises two main components: an acoustic body and a housing. This separation is intended so that the acoustic body is isolated from the housing and free to vibrate. The guitar further optionally comprises seven strings, twelve-strings, a vibrato system and a retractable built-in stand attached to the back of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Rodulfo Delgado
  • Patent number: 8967585
    Abstract: A guitar stand has a base section, a pair of first frames arranged at an opened position or a closed position, a pair of second frames and a pair of third frames arranged at the use position or the folded position. A slider for holding the first frames at the closed position and the second frames at the folded position is mounted to upper ends of the first frames. The first frames, second frames and the third frames are opened at the same time by unlocking the slider, and the guitar stand in a folded state can be brought into a use state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hoshino Gakki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hajime Furuta, Yuko Naganawa
  • Publication number: 20150053061
    Abstract: The guitar cradle provides a method for holding and supporting a guitar when using a belt secured around the waist while in a standing position. The guitar strap buttons that are standard on most guitars are positioned so as to be used with a traditional guitar strap and do not provide adequate support when using a belt secured around the waist to hold and support a guitar. The guitar cradle provides support for a guitar that uses a belt secured to the waist by fitting securely to the underside of the guitar body without any modifications being necessary to the guitar and provides a strap button or other type connector that allows for securing the guitar to the belt worn around the waist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Santo Joseph Coglitore