Friday, April 2, 2010

World's loudest bassoon

Bassoons are normally somewhat gentle instruments, famed for their blending. Increased volume is possible, with design changes. The Bassoon instrument at the left (called Bassoon Prime) is nuclear powered, the tertiary of the only three stage nuclear bomb built. It was played only once, at 5:46 AM on July 21, 1956, above a reef in Bikini Atoll. I'm not sure how loud it was in dB, but it left a crater in the reef 4000 feet in diameter and 129 feet deep. I think you wouldn't want to get too close.

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