So listen to the recording here. Hear the difference? To my ear it is as clear as can be. I’m assuming it is to everyone, yes? The blogger asks us if we can hear it, though, so I figured I’d give him this link and you all could go there and offer up your opinions.

If you can’t hear the difference I’d love to know.


  1. Wow.  Even if he hadn’t told us it happened at 50 seconds I would’ve been able to pinpoint the exact moment the switch occurred.  I don’t think it could’ve been more obvious.

    I guess, however, that some people who don’t have any musical training just can’t hear these things, no matter how obvious they seem to us.  If I may bring reality TV into the mix…  On Sunday’s “Amazing Race” one of the tasks was to tune a piano.  One string for one note was out of whack.  Once they played the right key, it was very, very obviously out of tune.  But as jangly as it sounded, a couple of the teams couldn’t really hear it and only tuned their instruments through guesswork (meanwhile, one of the teams included a trained pianist who knew exactly how the instrument worked and had no difficulty at all).  I was kind of shocked by the whole thing.

    If this whole thing isn’t an argument for music education in schools, I don’t know what is!

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    Yes, it is so obvious. I’m surprised that the blogger wasn’t sure we’d be able to tell. I think, though, he felt a bit attacked by me so I felt bad about that. I understand why someone might use the fake orchestra just while practicing, but I can’t imagine anyone wanting to really hear it. Ouch.

    I WOULD like to test a non-musician’s ear. I just can’t believe someone wouldn’t hear the change!