December 29, 2008
Acoustic Resonance Massage Chair
From the website:
- Acoustic Resonance Massage Chair
This acoustic chair provides a resonant, vibrating massage that soothes and relaxes the upper and lower back, thighs — even the palms of your hands — when the 60 brass strings integrated into its seat back are strummed.
Made in Germany and inspired by medieval Scandinavian cradles that had strings on the bottom for soothing infants, the chair is crafted from 3/4"-thick beech plywood sanded smooth and finished in natural wood oil.
Played by another while you sit comfortably, the 30 plain and 30 wound piano strings span the entire vertical length of the 38-1/2" backrest and are uncoated for clear, unmuffled sound while generating the frequencies ideal for relaxing acoustic massage.
The strings are tuned to B (can be tuned up two whole steps to D) with the plain, unwound strings tuned one octave higher than the wound strings, producing a rich, zither-like monochord that generates a relaxing drone.
The "ears" of the chair create a special resonance chamber, and two adjustable wooden armrests that attach to each side have smooth balls on the end for your palms; when the strings are played, the vibration can be felt in the wrist, palms, and fingertips.
Chair: 53"H x 22"W; Seat: 22"W x 16"D.
Includes tuning key.
Weight: 100 lbs.
"Played by another while you sit comfortably" — aye, there's the rub.
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I would definately have to try this out. How is the other person supposed to play the chair, like a piano or harp???
Look on the brightside now all those out of work musicians have a new job.
Posted by: Massage Chair | May 28, 2009 9:44:01 PM
I think I'd rather lay down on top of a grand and let somebody whip some Chopin or something on me.
Or this -- seriously, you have GOT to listen to this, somebody. Phenomenal, genius, take your breath away, and so on:
Posted by: Flautist | Dec 29, 2008 7:07:26 PM
The only thing I can envision is sitting there listening to one or two strings be out of tune- trying to hold off and endure the dissonance, because the thought of trying to tune that thing is even worse!
Posted by: Lilorfnannie | Dec 29, 2008 4:52:35 PM
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