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Coda News / New pages? Seriously?
« on: June 06, 2019, 02:45:25 pm »
Hi, things have been VERY busy lately. Nothing new. I probably start most of my posts complaining about how busy I am. (I'm not sure because I'm too busy to read my own posts!)  If you've never owned a small business, it might be hard to imagine the endless tasks and challenges that you face, especially when you create and manufacture your own products. (Many small businesses just resell other people's stuff!) The days are just not long enough.  On the bright side, I just hired a couple of new part-time employees, so things should get easier over time.

By the way, I know that some of you wish that I could re-introduce Mountain Ocarinas, etc.  Believe me that if I could snap my fingers and do that, I would have done so long ago! For now, my plate is a bit full, and I ask for your patience. One thing at a time. I can't make predictions. Really!

However, I did want to tell you about a couple new pages on our website that I'm excited about.

1st, after quite a prototyping phase, and then another phase of working out how we were going to produce them, we have the new Coda Silencers. The Silencers allow you to practice very quietly, practically whenever you want to: www.CodaEDC.com/Silencers .

Here's a little anecdote that demonstrates why I find the Coda Silencers so useful and so much fun. My wife, Susan, and I recently celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary in beautiful Northern Maine.  At one point, there was a crisis on the home front, so Susan had to speak on the phone for a quite a while. Meanwhile, I was in the same room, practicing some new songs on Coda with the Silencers installed. It didn't bother Susan in the least. In fact, I was even able to listen in on the conversation and offer my invaluable sage advice from time to time.  Try that without Coda Silencers!

But wait!  There's more. ;)  We also just posted the new Seriously? page:  www.CodaEDC.com/Seriously .   Around here, we like to laugh a lot, so I can't help but think up possible Coda "marketing" images from time to time, some of which are on the wacky side. Then I collaborate with my friend and colleague Roderick or a graphic artist to make them look more professional.  Frankly, most of the stuff doesn't really seem suited for a "dignified" website like ours, but some of it may produce a chuckle or two.  If you like something, let us know.  If not, please send all constructive criticism to www.404.error .  (Just kidding!)

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To view or download a complete fingering chart
or a mobile-friendly version (like below), go here:
https://codaedc.com/fingering-chart/







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General Discussion / Finding Karlo
« on: January 14, 2019, 10:32:16 pm »
Since the forum is so new and I've left some wonderful posts unanswered, I thought I should mention that I am on vacatiion with my family from January 11th through the 18th.  When we planned this trip a year ago, I had no idea that we'd have just launched Coda in December. I mean, it was obvious that we'd launch by June 2018 at the very latest. Ah, the surprises of life!

You'll never guess where we are. Hint 1: it is warm, tropical, and overrun with large rodents. Hint 2: the rodents wear white gloves and are uncharacteristically friendly.



The young man in the middle of the above family selfies is my son David. He's 25, but --because of his autism-- our buddy David relates to life more like a big, loving toddler. It's wonderful to see his smiles and joy in this place where the songs and characters are like old friends, straight out of some of his favorite children's videos.

But I shouldn't go on any more about Florida and the hardships of applying sunscreen when some of you, like CODAina, are busy shoveling snow. We'll be joining you soon enough.

By the way, in our absence, some dear friends are staying in our house and are shipping orders.

Finally, I made a little video today related to a makeshift Coda Silencer.  If anyone's interested in that, maybe we'll start a separate thread. All the best from sunny Florida!





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Coda News / T-Shirts, Mugs?
« on: January 09, 2019, 09:26:16 pm »
Medicineman, Codaina/Crowcopelli, and others have suggested that they would like T-Shirts and Mugs.  Here are some ideas.

Let us know what you think. We could do this if there was interest. Thoughts? Suggestions?

They could actually be good conversation starters, and you might find others around you who also enjoy making music. (Sorry if you've seen these same pictures elsewhere on the forum. I posted these first on one of MedicineMan's posts but then thought that this news section might be a better spot.)

We're also working with Harley Davidson to produce a special Coda edition of the 2019 Sportster, but pictures aren't available yet. ;)









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Coda News / The New LIKE Button
« on: January 09, 2019, 08:17:51 pm »
Perhaps this happens to you. I know it does to me.

You guys often post things that I really appreciate, but for a variety of reasons I choose not to post a response.

Well, at last we have a new option!

We can "like" a post by clicking on the orange "like" button next to that post. That was complex. Should I repeat those instructions?

To see who liked a comment, just click on the link that says 1 person liked this (or perhaps 97,367,892 people liked this).

If you want to dislike someone's comment, you can visit the GrumpyFlute.org forum.  :)

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Surveys / What do you think of the Coda Clip?
« on: January 01, 2019, 04:19:35 pm »
By completing this short survey, you'll be helping us to serve you better in the future.

I've put a lot of time into developing the Coda Clip because I believed it was so important, but what do YOU think?

Here's a link to the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/tWylK80x6QBPE07D3

Thank you!

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General Discussion / Aye, my aching back!
« on: December 31, 2018, 05:40:36 pm »
In theory, I know that the world continues to spin on its axis perfectly well without my help, but I still feel badly for letting some of your down. Hence, this post. 

We just launched Coda a few weeks ago, so I feel especially anxious to answer your questions by email, by video, and here in this forum.

Unfortunately, I've been completely out of touch for the last few days with a serious back spasm due to a herniated disc from an old injury. Now and then, it grabs me by surprise, temporarily transforming me from a guy who thrives on exercise to someone who shuffles about, bent off to one side, groaning in pain. (Now is when one of you should probably play something sad on a violin instead of on Coda.;)) As pitiful as my description sounds, I know some of you can relate.

Anyway, this afternoon I'm finally able to work some by walking slowly on my treadmill desk. Special thanks to those of you who have stepped up in my absence! I'll try to catch up with all your inquiries over the next few days. 

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Share your musical journey / Playing after a trail run
« on: December 17, 2018, 11:26:49 pm »
It's December 17th, but it was in the 40s today, so I had a great trail run late this afternoon at a McClean game refuge in Simsbury, CT.  I enjoy playing out in the woods while I walk around and cool down after a run. It tends to be very relaxing and meditative: the surroundings are tranquil and beautiful, Coda sounds sort of magical out in the woods, and I just naturally feel good after running.

I kept playing until after dark, but once the sun went down, the temperature started to drop, and eventually my fingers got too cold to keep going. (That's one reason why new turbo deluxe Coda will feature heated leather toneholes. ;))

Anyway, I took a couple of pictures with my phone. One is of Coda pointing at the moon, which must be deeply meaningful and significant. Of course, I'm sure the meaning is so obvious to you that you don't need me to explain it. ;)




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