- A sonometer demonstrates the relationship between the frequency of the sound produced by a plucked string, and the tension, length and mass per unit length of the string. This 8-string example came from the Smithsonian Institution Instrument Room, and was undoubtedly made by Rudolph Koenig in Paris. Koenig termed it a great sonometer according to M. Barbereau, referring to the French musician, Mathurin August Balthazar Barbereau (1799-1879).
- Ref: Rudolph Koenig, Catalogue des Appareils d’Acoustique (Paris, 1865), p. 25.
- David Pantalony, Altered Sensations: Rudolph Koenig’s Acoustical Workshop in Nineteenth-Century Paris (2009).
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- sonometer, Barberau
- date made
- Rudolph Koenig
- overall: 23 cm x 133 cm x 57 cm; 9 1/16 in x 52 3/8 in x 22 7/16 in
- overall: 9 1/2 in x 51 in x 22 1/2 in; 24.13 cm x 129.54 cm x 57.15 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Science & Scientific Instruments
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- Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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