Specialized ProfessionIamA Antonio Domingos, The fastest Piano player in the world, and now Guinness World Record Holder AMA!
Sep 15th 2017 by AntonioDomingos • 32 Questions • 212 Points
Hi Reddit, we are the Cody Firearms Museum here to answer questions. We are a museum in NW Wyoming near Yellowstone and we have over 7,000 firearms and 28,000+ related artifacts in our collection. We interpret the history of firearms from the 1400s to the present. Our oldest firearm dates to at least the fifteenth century and our newest was made last year. We are the repository for the Winchester Factory Collection & Corporate Archive, the Eli Whitney Jr. Collection, the Benjamin Butler Collection, and the Edwin Pugsley Collection. We also have the archives of Schuyler, Hartley, & Graham, Marlin, L.C. Smith, and Ithaca.
We are part of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which includes the Whitney Western Art Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, and McCracken Research Library. The Center is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and we currently planning a major renovation of our museum. If you want to search our collection go here for objects, or here for archival material, or just check our post history. Our Curator, Ashley, and Assistant Curator, Danny, are here to answer your questions for the next couple of hours. Ask us about firearms history, museums, or whatever.
Update: Thanks for the questions everyone! We had fun. We have to run to meetings, but if you have more ask and we'll check back.
What is the fuddiest thing you have heard from museum patrons?
I hold a pen in each hand between my thumb and pinkie, and play on the table for at least half an hour as if I were playing octaves gradually speeding up, until the blood gets rushing and the temperature of my fingers drops. This significantly increases traction and stimulates my hands and fingers.
We heard a great story yesterday about how John Browning invented semi-autos by putting a spoon on the end of a barrel. We also heard a good story about how someone's Model 1886 Winchester took part in the Battle of Little Bighorn, which happened in 1876.
Two different kinds of genius; inventing a thing, and adapting it to mass production.
I knew that I loved music when I was 2, had a desire to play it by the time I was 6, and started playing when I was 7.
We have the Winchester's drawing collection, two-thirds of it is how to make the tools to make the guns.
Nice. Do you know if that made Karl jealous?
The further to right you go on the keyboard, the lighter the key. I chose B7 instead of the highest key on the keyboard to avoid accidentally slamming my fingers into the side block.
Not sure, but Karl should come sometime.
The go to "fast" piece for most piano players seems to be Flight of the Bumblebee. Is there a better piece for demonstrating speed, or is there something inherent about Bumblebee that makes it easier to speed through?
which of the oldest firearms require the least amount of maintenance and care (humidity, etc...)? which are the most fragile relative to their age?
It's probably the fastest to play relatively easily, and it's continuous and constant.... But trust me: anyone who says he can play all the notes in it in under 20 seconds, or even under 30 seconds, on whatever instrument, is a liar.
There are a LOT of things that are MUCH harder than Bumblebee..... simply Bumblebee has a lot of melodic notes running in rapid succession, that's why it sounds so fast.......
Most of the firearms have pretty similar care requirements. So we maintain temperature and humidity. The most fragile gun we had was probably the Great Basin Winchester that went viral a few years ago. The park brought it to us to stabilize before it went on display back at Great Basin.
Would your collection happen to include any shotguns from Japan in the late 1800s [Meiji Restoration-era]?
I know pistols and rifles were most common in that time period for Japan, but I haven't found much about shotguns.
Unfortunately not, our collection is weaker when it comes to Asian firearms.