How the Texas Instruments Shaker Instrument Changed the Music Industry
On this day in 1988, Texas Instruments invented the shaker.
Its inventor, John Baez, had the idea to make instruments with a plastic sound that would sound better than a real one.
The shaker was the brainchild of Texas Instruments founder John Baeza, a young musician from the small Texas town of Dallas who had a passion for the instruments and wanted to make a name for himself.
The original shaker is shown in this undated handout photo.
(AP) The instrument, also known as a shaker, had no electronics.
Baez invented the first instrument in 1987, and it had to be made from plastic.
The first commercial use of the instrument was in 1989, when Texas Instruments debuted the Shaker 6, a new version of the original instrument.
It was marketed as the Shakers 5 and was supposed to be available for about $1,500.
The Shaker 7 was the first version of a shakers instrument that could actually be used by musicians.
Its price was $1.5 million, according to the Texas Instrument Corporation, and in 2000, it was redesigned to incorporate a better sound.
The new instrument was sold in more than 100 countries.
Today, instruments made from polycarbonate, plastic and rubber can cost as much as $3,500 each, according a 2013 article by the New York Times.
The best instruments used to be in the hands of musicians who had experience, and who knew what they were doing, said Tom Pritchard, an associate professor of music at the University of Iowa and the author of a book about instruments and music, “Toward the Future of Music.”
But by 1990, more than a decade after Baez’s shaker invention, the market was saturated with new musical instruments.
Many of these instruments were produced by smaller companies, and only a handful of them are known to exist today.
Baezas family was also among those to discover the joys of music.
He was born in Dallas in 1926.
In the 1950s, he moved to the nearby town of Bakersfield, where he earned a degree in industrial engineering.
He had a dream of being a professional musician and wanted a job as a mechanical engineer.
Bodeza joined a small Texas Instruments plant in Bakersfields first building, and soon began to discover new instruments and their sound.
He worked on a prototype instrument called the Shake and Shaker, which featured a plastic shaker that was built by a company called Pinnacle.
Pinnacle was a Texas Instruments subsidiary.
In 1960, Baez sold the Shakes 5 to Texas Instruments.
The company also made the Shaking 7, which was a new design that incorporated a better shaker sound, but only for instruments manufactured in China, according the Shaping the Future book by Tom Pirtchard and Robert Pritchel.
Bizarro instruments The Shaking the Future was published in 1991.
Buey’s company had been manufacturing shakers for decades, but he said he was amazed at how many different instruments existed, and the price was often very high.
The quality of the shakers was not always up to par, he said.
“The price was always going to be higher than what it should be,” he said, noting that the Shakys were manufactured in California.
He said his customers were not satisfied with the sound, and they didn’t like the design.
Bosez, who has since died, recalled a time when there were no shakers, and he said the idea of a new instrument for the masses was a bit far-fetched.
“At that time, there was only a few instruments that were going to make people laugh and sing,” he told the New Yorker in a 1999 interview.
“We had this idea that people would just take a little toy and just put it in their ears, and that they were going, ‘Wow, I want to play music.'”
He said he took that idea and built a few prototypes and sold them to companies in the United States and Canada.
He sold his first Shaking instrument in 1974 and started his own company, the Shakings Company, in 1981.
In 1982, he made the first shakers with a speaker and sold it to an unnamed American company.
The speaker was designed to play the music of John Wayne.
The sound was designed for “people who can’t hear the instrument,” Bueys company said on its website.
In 1993, the company sold the product to Shakers Company of Canada.
Buthart had hoped to make the Shakinons famous, but the shakys failed to catch on in the marketplace.
In 1999, Butharts company filed for bankruptcy and was sold to a Japanese company, J.B.K. Instruments, in 2020.
The Japanese company also sold the shakings to a Korean company, K-Works, in 2019.
K-works is owned by the Chinese manufacturer