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Oct. 30, 1962
_ 3,060,629
Filed Dec. 21, 1959
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
(/0627 Z152”
Oct. 30, 1962
Filed Dec. 21, 1959
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
Uite States
Patented Oct. 30, 1962
and through the respective reeds 16 of the reed plates
Jose Zarn, Apartado 1237, Panama, Panama
14. It will now be recognized that in response to spin
ning of the assembly about the central ‘axis thereof, upon
the twisting and untwisting of the flexible cable loop 26,
air present in the ducts 22 is forced outwardly through
the reeds 16 by centrifugal force, so that air is drawn in
Filed Dec. 21, 1959, Ser. No. 861,071
1 Claim. (CI. 46-63)
to a manually operated rotary
wardly through the louvcrs 28 to replace the air so ex
pelled. Thus, as the device is rotated ‘about its central
An object of the present invention is to provide a
axis, a pleasant and entertaining musical sound is pro
duced by the reed plates 14.
This invention relates to rotary spinning devices and,
more particularly,
manually operated rotary sounding device which employs
Reference is now made to FIGURE 4 of the drawing
which illustrates a slightly modi?ed type of special pur
pose motion responsive rotor 30' which is in the form
of a rigid plate 32 having a central hub 34 with eyelets
Another object of the present invention is to provide 15 35 for receiving the ?exible cable member 26 there
through. This plate 32 is provided with a plurality of
a rotary device of the type described which may success
sets of harmonica reeds through which air is directed in
response to rotation of the assembly about a central
fully employ any type of wind sounding mechanism, such
circumferentially spaced apart siren type whistles 36
having internal vents 38 through which air is directed in
response to rotation of the plate 32 about its central axis.
units for producing a variety of amusement, warning, and 20 This plate 32 may be used to replace the reed plates 14
and spacer 18 of the assembly shown in FIGURES 1 to
signal sounds.
3, ‘so as to produce a siren type of sound.
All of the foregoing and still further objects and ad
FIGURE 4 also illustrates another embodiment of a.
vantages of this invention will become apparent from a
special purpose motion responsive rotor 40 which is simi
study of the following speci?cation, taken in connection
25 larly provided with a rigid plate 42 having a central
with the accompanying drawing, wherein:
hub 44 with eyelets 45 for receiving the ?exible cable 26
FIGURE 1 is a front elevational view of a manually
therethrough. In this embodiment, however, a plurality
operated rotary device made in accordance with the pres
of circumferentially spaced apart shrill whistles 46 with
ent invention, illustrating the use of the device as a sound
air outlets 48 are disposed adjacent to the periphery of
ing toy;
FIGURE 2 is an exploded plan view of certain parts 30 the plate 42 so as to emit a shrill whistle sound in re
as a whistle, siren, or reed assembly, and can be readily
adapted for use with any one of such wind responsive
of the assembly shown in FIGURE 1;
sponse to rotation thereof in place of the reed plates 14
FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of the assembly shown
in FIGURE 1;
and spacer 18.
The versatility of this device will now be more readily
understood, as it may be readily used for amusement
FIGURE 4 is a plan view of a variety of rotors which
may be used with the basic support structure for provid 35 and musical purposes, depending upon the particular type
of special purpose rotor applied thereto. If desired, the
ing a variety of different results; and
unit may be distributed in the form of a special purpose
FIGURE 5 is an exploded end view of the elements of
adapter set to enable each one of the special purpose
the assembly shown in FIGURE 2, more clearly illustrat
rotors to be used as required.
ing the relationship between the various parts of the
While this invention has been described with partic
musical sounding instrument.
ular reference to the construction shown in the drawing,
Referring now to the drawing, and more particularly
to FIGURES 1 to 3 thereof, a rotary device 10 made in
accordance with the present invention is shown to in
it is to be understood that such is not to be construed as
imparting limitations upon the invention, which is best
de?ned by the claim appended hereto.
clude a main body member consisting of a pair of sub
I claim:
stantially identical circular plates 12 which are mounted 45
A rotary device comprising a spacer disc having two
in face to face relationship. Between the pair of plates
sets of spaced ribs on each side, each set of spaced n'bs
12 is a musical sounding assembly consisting of a pair
de?ning air passages open to the periphery of the disc,
of harmonica reed plates 14, each having independent
a pair of discs each adjacent to one side of the spacer
reeds 16 which vibrate in response to the passage of air
therethrough so as to produce a musical sound.
A 50 disc and having reeds disposed along the air passages,
spacer 18 having a plurality of spaced apart ribs 20 de
?ning air channels 22, is placed between the reed plates
21 pair of cover plates each adjacent one of the reed discs
and having spaced eyelets, and a ?exible cable loop ex
tending through the eyelets of each cover plate and be
ing manipulated in unison for spinning the discs and
through. Each cover plate is also provided with circum 55 creating a noise caused by the air flow entering the pas
sages and acting on the reeds.
ferentially spaced apart positioning studs 15 that coop
erate with similarly shaped openings 17 in the spacer plate
18 and the openings 19 in each of the reed plates 14 to
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
maintain the parts in proper assembled relationship.
14 in order to provide individual ducts for each one of
the reeds 16 so as to accommodate the ?ow of air there
Each main body plate 12 is provided with a central
hub 24 having eyelets 25 through which the free ends
of a loop 26 of ?exible cable are threaded. The opposite
ends of the looped cable 26 serve as handles, with the
assembly slidably supported thereupon for rotation about
a central longitudinal axis in response to the twisting of 65
the loops, in a well known manner.
Garrison ___________ __ Nov. 22, 1881
Brett _______________ _._ Dec. 26, 1922
Barthels ______________ __ Jan. 5, 1932
Kashiwagi ____________ __ Oct. 10, 1933
Palombo et al _________ __ Dec. 29, 1936
Steiner _______________ __ May 6, 1952
Canada ______________ __ June 1, 1954
Each main body plate 12 is also provided with a
louvered panel 28 that serves as an inlet for air which is
directed through the ducts 22 of the spacer member 18
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