October 24th, 2008


approximate range of an ettrick longbow

Setting: Medieval Britain The time line is totally fictional, so the technology  used will be a mishmash from 500 AD to 1300 AD. Arthurian legend base, so there's a lot of room to play in.

The range and the history of the English Longbow is huge and easy to find, but i'm after the particular range of this Scottish cousin in particular. For use in skirmish scenes and an extended siege later on in the course of the story. It will probably be used versus the English longbow as well, but the range is never really mentioned. Just that it's actually inferior to the English version.

Search Terms used. scottish archery, ettrick bow, ettrick bow range, ettrick longbow, scottish weapons.

Neither google nor wikipedia gave anything beyond the singing the praises of the english longbow when i checked for mention of it there, either. All sites brought up with the search strings brought up  modern archery clubs or totally unrelated webpages becuase of the use of Ettrick or 'Bow' in a lot of modern regions. Again, none with the approximate range of the bow in question.

I definitely need some help for this!

Youth Orchestras and Tuning Instruments

Setting: Modern day, small-town Connecticut
Searches: I checked over wiki and the website for the League of American Orchestras, and I googled various combinations of "average size youth orchestra small town" and "which instruments orchestra tune up before show". For reference, this is only going to be a passing mention in what will probably be a drabble (doubledrabble at most), but I'd prefer my passing mentions to be accurate.

I'm wondering how large an average regional youth orchestra might be for an area that's mostly small towns. The numbers of various places that turned up ranged from in the 70s to above 110, but I'm not sure what's most typical. Also, what's the makeup of the orchestra? Wiki has some good info on how the numbers and types of instruments would be distributed in various kinds of adult orchestras, but how are youth ones usually organized/which category would they most likely fall into? And finally, which of the instruments tune up before starting a show? I saw from Googling that it's mostly for show (I had no idea!), but I'd be curious to know which particular instruments or types of instruments do it. I can remember offhand hearing some strings and maybe sometimes a flute, and I know that a piano, for example, wouldn't, but which musicians usually do it?

Thanks in advance!

Edit: Wow, you guys are fabulous and superfast! Thanks a lot.

Edit2: Man! All I wanted to be able to say was something like "the sound of [ballpark #] [instrument types] tuning" and I got all of this. A++.
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Korean Port/City Name in 1947

Setting: Yellow Sea coast of Korea, North or South, 1947, between WWII and the Korean War

I'm doing reverse research for an old time radio series that was originally aired in 1947.  One episode takes place partially in a Korean port city on the Yellow Sea, but I cannot identify the city.  The name sounds like Jen-sen.  It is the same name for both city and harbor, as with Honolulu and Honolulu Harbor.  The port was a stop between Kobe, Japan, and Tianjin (then Tientsin), China.  A place of business in the city is called the "Chemulpo Bar."  Chemulpo was an old name for Incheon, so I focused especially on Incheon on Wikipedia, but no soap.

I'm confident that the city and name is accurate, but it's hard to guess spelling.  For example, the accepted spelling for this episode is "The Chimolpo Bar" instead of "The Chemulpo Bar."  I only know it's Chemulpo because I stumbled on the name while seraching for Jen-sen.  I expect the true spelling of Jen-sen will be at least as different.  By definition, it's non-google-able.  Please help me identify this city!

* Wikipedia - every city/ward/province in South Korea on the Yellow Sea and some in North Korea
* Google Maps, both political and satellite

cross-posted to </a></font></a>howdoyousay EDIT:   Found already! Thanks so much, mesnica !  Jinsen is the Japanese name for Incheon.  Since the Japanese controlled Incheon from 1905-1945, it's natural for it to still be known by that name in 1947.