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Old 06-02-2012, 10:47 AM   #1
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Working on my new horns.

http://www.sfu.ca/sonic-studio/handb...nada_Horn.aiff

Having trouble duplicating this.

I must have all my problems fixed, if I can think about this.

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Old 06-02-2012, 11:10 AM   #2
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The originals once sat on top of the old BC Hydro building and are now at Canada Place. Maybe you could sneak in there one night and nick them!
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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Airchime Horns

I had the pleasure to meet "Bob Swanson" a few times. The first time was when I wrote my "off highway air ticket" at the office on Granville St. in 1966, and he signed my ticket.
I met him a few times later in life when he was on book speaking tours. He was a great story teller. I actually live just off the original Swanson family home farm that Bob grew up on, and the same railroad that he got his start into steam on. He was another example of getting ahead by working hard.

“Blow Your Horn As Loud As You Can”: The Legacy of Robert Swanson - Industrial History - Airchime BC Ferries British Columbia Canada Place Heritage Horns diesel locomotive forestry Nanaimo Newfoundland Ferries Robert Swanson Vancouver Van

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Old 07-27-2012, 10:59 PM   #4
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Still working on my Airchime. Have it cleaned up and works good on test bench.

I need to make up a right angel bracket to mount it where it will be out of the way so its just a matter of getting at it now.

This is an AIRCHIME VANCOUVER, SAND CASTED and BRONZE model CS1, with casting @ 1010. It is heavy for its size so needs a good solid mount.

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Old 07-28-2012, 02:50 PM   #5
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Airchime

Got my Airchime mounted this morning. I decided to mount it off the Steering Box mount which has plenty of room, was strong and had two holes already punched in the anchor mount.

I just have to locate an electric over air switch now!

I will try to post a sound clip when the deal is done?

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Old 08-16-2012, 11:02 AM   #6
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I am still working on this project.

I ordered two electric over air solenoids and fabricated/mounted them on a piece of alumiuium onto the front bulkhead d/s, where they are close to the air supply/delivery and also the power feed.

The solenoids are manifolded on the same supply line, and the second solenoid is for a planned future project. (keep watching this channel )

I routed and installed a button momentary switch on the lower center dash, just above the brake controller, out of the way of accidental activation, but easy reach and activate if the need arises.

I should have a final post on this late today, as I just have to pick up one more fitting when I go out today.

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Finished the project in the hot sun.

I will work on a sound clip. Not sure I know how to do that.

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Dave - I can't tell you how cool this post is. As a kid, steam trains had just about lost their battle with diesel, but there were still a few chugging around Houston & Texas, and I learned to LOVE the horns. We'd tent camp all along the Texas Gulf Coast and the sound of what we called the train whistle was welcome, like the tick tock or hourly chimes of the hall clock at home. Calming. The engineers even developed their signature sound. Good times.
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Asking, is it possible to upload a short 10 second video/sound bite on this site, and if so how?

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The good old days!

Did you read the article about Swanson and the AirChime development test farm in post #3?

AirChime sound bites are near the bottom of the article.

I thought this reader comment summed it up well.

"As great as these horns sound, I"m glad I did not live nearby! Can you imagine him saying ” nope needs more base”
and letting it rip for the forty-seventh time? the hair on the back of my neck would have fallen out from the exercise.
Great item!"

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Dave - Yes I did read the entire article & listened to the sound bites. But I also tend to assume things sometimes (and yes I know all about assuming). My assumption was that Swanson's cabin for experimenting was far enough away from town that he wouldn't have disturbed too many. Probably wrong to assume that, or anything else for that matter. But I still loved hearing those trains announcing themselves as they passed by. The sound of todays trains just isn't as endearing.
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OK -- This seems to be the only way to load a sound clip. I think I spent more time on this clip than on the actual installation.

This AirChime ( AIRCHIME VANCOUVER, SAND CASTED and BRONZE model CS1, with casting @ 1010.) sounds more like the local tug boat but it is another collector item I am happy to be able to put back into service.

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Old 08-18-2012, 06:45 PM   #13
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Sure glad I took the lifetime warranty on this installation.

I found I had an air leak at the close nipple between the valves which required complete disassembly and a new nipple.

Maybe I can now get back to "going camping".

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Dave -
1 - Is that you & your horns in the film clip? That is a cool hobby, tho I'm sure it HAS to be against the law to sound them off, even in the countryside?
2 - How are they used? Mounted on your pickup? If so, seems like the police could find you easily enough, and here in Texas throw me in the bastille & throw away the key!!
Bottom line - I LOVE THE SOUND! Thanks for sharing.
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