Comic 1661 - The Best There's Ever Been

6th Jul 2020, 9:00 PM
The Best There's Ever Been
Average Rating: 5 (10 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 6th Jul 2020, 9:00 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
I hope that the Devil gets special dispensation to travel up to the Pearly Gates long enough to hand over that golden fiddle to Mr. Daniels, so he has a suitable instrument ready when he meets the other legends of country music who've gone before him and are probably eager for a jam session.

No new page this week. The Artist was supposed to have hand surgery, but at practically the last minute, it was discovered that the surgeon's office had failed to get specific clearance from her cardiologist, and the anesthesiologist could not/would not proceed without said clearance, so it has to be rescheduled. And, hopefully, whichever dingleberry failed to get that clearance is being beaten with a desk chair. (If the beating is not being carried out adequately, I WILL FUCKING HELP.)

PS: This is an example of my own work in DAZ Studio, which may help to explain why I'm not the Artist here.
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Oldarmourer 6th Jul 2020, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
It's always something...2020 is pervasive, I'll give it that :(
Hopefully she can be rescheduled quickly, it'd probably be a year or more up here unless you were doing it through WCB.
HiFranc 7th Jul 2020, 2:32 AM edit delete reply

I hope that Centcomm’s surgery can be rescheduled quickly and properly.
megados 7th Jul 2020, 5:13 AM edit delete reply

If that don't take the cake! :( I feel so bad for Cent right now. Rose, if you need a desk chair for said beating, I have a nice heavy one - My contribution to said beating. I hope she can get her surgery very soon. I hate to think of going on in needless pain.

R I P Charlie Daniels.

Rose, that's pretty good imagery if I may say so.
Just_IDD 8th Jul 2020, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
Rather than a deSk chair, perhaps we should consider a deCk chair. They are heavier, sturdier and already have the proper verb to act upon the noun built right into the name. If applied with appropriate frequency they will be decimated. That would probably end up with a Dedication
Just_IDD 8th Jul 2020, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
Darnation, that last word should have been DEADication. But tap to edit and the post button were too close together!
chk 7th Jul 2020, 5:17 AM edit delete reply

Don't you just love a medical SNAFU? Like surgery isn't scary enough.
robnot 7th Jul 2020, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
..see.!! i said she (Tokyo Rose) could art... good too. but her forte is wordsmithing ..

and she has access to big heavy chairs,, tho i think she wood (would) prefer, lots of light weight ones,, you can hit more,, and hurt more..
" but why a spoon cousin.?" "Because it will hurt MORE you Twit.!!"
Oldarmourer 7th Jul 2020, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
Art looks good to me, the textures are amazing, pretty much photo-realistic and shinies must be the hardest to get the lighting right on, the fiddle looks very for a Goldiebot :)
Oldarmourer 7th Jul 2020, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
and to be completely honest, when I first saw it I thought it WAS a wasn't until TR said she did it that I went back and looked again, and I still had to look closely to tell the difference.
Tokyo Rose 7th Jul 2020, 11:57 PM edit delete reply

Thanks :)
Oldarmourer 8th Jul 2020, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
I saw the black cowboy boots and just assumed ;)
mjkj 7th Jul 2020, 9:51 AM edit delete reply

Awwwww... =S

...poor Cent... - I hope the reschedule will be soon...

@a/n: Rose, I think you did really good there...
Ryu Santos 7th Jul 2020, 9:52 PM edit delete reply

Tarnation! You'd think something as serious as surgery would be reason enough for a doctor to confer with another and make sure everything was good to go. 😾😡
Hang in there Cent. We're all rootin' for ya.

God, needed another fiddler for his band. Rest well Charlie.
Andrew Armstrong 8th Jul 2020, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
I'm sorry to see the sad lack of basic admin skills. It is unforgivable not to pay attention to the prerequisites for something serious. If I did my job that well I's have no customers.

I hope that the surgery is re-scheduled soon and the result is near perfect. Cent, that is what you deserve, but life doesn't always give you what you deserve.

BTW I too thought the image was a photograph until I read that is is not. About 2 orders of magnitude beyond my skills in 3-d CAD.
Jan 8th Jul 2020, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
Desk chair? I have a piece of stone kitchen table that I happily will lend you. I'll need it later for a base for a morse key so please do not break it into too small pieces while 'educating' beforementioned doofus...
Sheela 8th Jul 2020, 2:37 AM edit delete reply

Chair ? Desk ? ... y'all are fucking n00bs !

If you're gonna do it, do it proper !

CptKerion 9th Jul 2020, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
I've always been partial to a steam roller myself.
megados 9th Jul 2020, 8:18 PM edit delete reply

No. It says right in the manual that you should never steamroller yourself.
Oldarmourer 9th Jul 2020, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
Yup, Section 4 para 3(b) states very clearly...
If you're going to steamroller yourself you need a little help from your friends
Sheela 9th Jul 2020, 9:11 PM edit delete reply

Ah, but it is to difficult to throw those steamrollers. 🤣
DLKmusic 8th Jul 2020, 3:11 AM edit delete reply

RIP, Charlie Daniels, you were an American legend, and you will be missed by many.

Personally Rose, I think you did a great job on the violin, and more importantly i thought "Devil went down to Georgia" when I saw it, before I saw the epitaph, so well done!

of course, now I'm thinking that must weigh between 100-150 lbs, and I'm thinking anyone who could actually play it truly IS the best that's ever been!
Sheela 8th Jul 2020, 3:54 AM edit delete reply

Actually, since a fiddle is mostly empty air, it would probably only weight around 10-15 pounds or so. It would likely be playable, though the sound would be very tinny ... kinda like a banjo, but even sharper.
megados 8th Jul 2020, 5:59 AM edit delete reply

Would it though? Gold is very similar to lead metallurgically speaking. It's pretty soft, so I'd envision that you wouldn't get the resonances and rich sound you'd expect from a violin. The softness of the metal, and the inertia of its mass, would absorb a lot of the vibration, leaving it sounding quite dull I would guess.
robnot 8th Jul 2020, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
about 30 pounds,, an $600,000 cost..
Sheela 8th Jul 2020, 8:02 AM edit delete reply

I think Gold can be hardened/tempered, like steel .. but not sure.
Oldarmourer 8th Jul 2020, 8:46 AM edit delete reply
some gold alloys can, to an extent, I'm not so sure about pure gold...

on the other hand....

megados 8th Jul 2020, 10:06 AM edit delete reply

I looked into it, and apparently it can be hardened to a degree. It can be heat treated or work hardened, like many other materials. I don't know what the ultimate hardness would/could be though.
DLKmusic 8th Jul 2020, 10:16 AM edit delete reply

30 lbs sounds reasonable if it was wood that had been plated, be even at that weight it would be extremely difficult to play.

The weight of the violin is balanced and supported between chin and shoulder. it is not supported by the left hand, as that would impair your ability to finger. Violins typically weigh between 4 (starter violin) and 12 lbs, and violas between 7 and 15. A Stradivarius weighs just over 11 lbs, and the density of the wood is what makes the sound so special. I've seen Violins made of Mahagony, and they resonate well, but not quite on the right notes, so it sounds a little wierd when being played.

The look of the violin that Rose did though, I had imagined a tempered gold alloy approx 1/4 in. thick for the body (any less and there would be almost no resonance).
Sheela 8th Jul 2020, 5:33 PM edit delete reply

You could honeycomb it, to lighten it.
DLKmusic 8th Jul 2020, 5:57 PM edit delete reply

@Sheela: This is possible, but not advisable. again, a major point in constructing a musical instrument is that the body, construction and soundholes all need to resonate properly in order to produce a clear sustainable tone. Honeycombing it would deaden the acoustic resonation, and what you would have left is little more than a bowed harp.

In the case of the Electric Violins that Oldarmourer posted, tonality is achieved through electronics more than the actual instrument. they are beautiful to look at, but sound subpar when played without amplification.

(I was thinking of getting an electric cello for myself and decided against it for that very reason after playing it... and no, I'm a horrible cellist).

p.s. Where Charlie Daniels is going, this is irrelevant, his unearthly fiddle will resonate with the entire universe, and he will even get a couple of wayward stars stay in tune!!!!
megados 8th Jul 2020, 6:52 PM edit delete reply

@DLKmusic, Your suggestion is probably going to be the best idea: wood plated with gold. I think doing it that way, would give you a playable violin that keeps most of its acoustics. It would also likely be lighter, as the outer gold surface could be thinner.
Oldarmourer 8th Jul 2020, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
I saw some other pictures more along the lines of what I'd expect for that particular 'fiddle made of gold'
but they were way too big to post :(

All I'm hearing on news tributes and other posts is references to 'the devil went down to Georgia' over and over

It was/is a popular tune, maybe a signature tune, but I still remember him first for 'uneasy rider' :)

and for all the other tunes, like...

and a favourite...

I don't particularly care for 'country' music but there are a few artists I do like and he was at the top of the list
DLKmusic 8th Jul 2020, 11:10 PM edit delete reply

I haven't been able to find it on YouTube, but when I was younger, I saw Charlie Daniels and Roy Clark doing a rendition of Dueling Banjos on Violins...

it was amazing the see the two of them go at it together like that!
Ryu Santos 8th Jul 2020, 10:05 PM edit delete reply

Using 14k gold beaten to an sixteenth of an inch. You could have a fairly light and playable golden fiddle. I used to do jewelry work and the mass/hardness difference between 24k/14k is truly amazing.
Of course; nothing beats the taste, heft, or feel of pure gold.
Tokyo Rose 11th Jul 2020, 5:54 AM edit delete reply

I just want to mention that this is the nerdiest fucking thread I've seen in at least the last month, and I love it and I love you guys.
DLKmusic 11th Jul 2020, 7:52 AM edit delete reply

Woo-Hoo!!! I get my nerd card back!

Data Chasers needs more musical instruments so I can nerd out more often!!! (j/k, it's damn near perfect just as it is.)
Sheela 12th Jul 2020, 11:11 AM edit delete reply

Dammit, you got your Nerd card back ?

I need to hide them better !
DLKmusic 12th Jul 2020, 11:31 PM edit delete reply

@Sheela: No, you hid it just fine... Rose gave me a re-issue, and I now have to figure out how to keep you from stealing it again, as the Cayenne pepper didn't do a damned thing last time!

well, you were sneezing for 2 weeks, but it didn't stop you...
Sheela 13th Jul 2020, 12:21 PM edit delete reply

Ah speaking of which, you're out of Cayenne pepper ... it goes fabulously on Cod filet ! 😁
Ryu Santos 14th Jul 2020, 10:33 PM edit delete reply

@DLKmusic Try some ghost or naga peppers. That should work. If that much on the scoville. Tabasco or habanero will do.
Oldarmourer 11th Jul 2020, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
The taste is electrifying...especially when you get a pieces of gold foil between two fillings
'edible' gold foil my arse...and goldschlager is just awful
Rashala 8th Jul 2020, 11:12 PM edit delete reply

Oi vey. Been there on the last minute stuff...seriously makes you question the people they hire for office work.

Rest in peace Charlie and keep your spirits up centy you'll get through this
knuut 9th Jul 2020, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
I have had similar problems twice now (once a hip, once a hand). I wonder if it's some local pathology like Valley Fever?
SFCGator 13th Jul 2020, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Very nice tribute. Best of luck to Cent.
Oldarmourer 14th Jul 2020, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
Interesting 'challenge' going on over at Topweb...
I'd certainly go to see Rose's artwork while Cent rests
Might even get a few fanart 'volunteers' too ;)

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