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Extending from the main body and located at the center of each latticed wing are hand-finished, nickel-plated brass cylinders with a total of 2,678 hair-like pins protruding. Two combs (forged from steel alloy and lead) produce varying notes depending on which of their respective 72 hand-tuned teeth contact the specifically spaced pins. Rotation of the cylinders is activated by winding keys disguised as the spaceship’s thrusters, and the tempo is controlled by a small circular fan masquerading as a radar dish. The curved wings direct sound toward the resonant baseplate—created by JMC Lutherie—composed of 350-year-old spruce and contemporary composites.
Along with the theme from Star Wars by John Williams, the playlist includes that of James Bond and the title tunes from Mission Impossible; The Godfather; Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence; and television’s The Persuaders! Only 99 of the limited-edition examples will be made, each priced at about $18,350. (mbandf.com)