Artie Shaw's Clarinet
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Artie Shaw




Gives user the ability to play the clarinet


User will become obsessed with playing perfectly to the point of death


Always active, listening to music

Collected by

Artie Nielson


The Dark Vault


Podium 59

Date of Collection

January 3rd, 2005


Origin[edit | edit source]

Artie Shaw, known as the King of Clarinet, was a famous composer an jazz and swing musician. He once turned down a million dollar contract in order to play for the troops during World War Two. Known for his compulsive perfectionism, and his overly controlling personality, Artie Shaw described himself as a difficult man. He was married eight times, each one ending unhappily. Despite his success and popularity, he quit playing the clarinet in 1954, saying that his perfectionism would have killed him.

Usage[edit | edit source]

The clarinet plays by itself, forcing those that hear it to try to play as well. It will give the user the ability to play well, however the user will never feel satisfied no matter how well he/she plays it. The lack of perfection will drive them to keep playing and playing, disregarding things like hunger, sleep, or personal contact. Due to its dangerous pull on others, it is placed within the Dark Vault in its own neutralizing field.

Collection[edit | edit source]

Artie collected the Clarinet after Shaw's funeral. It had possessed a funeral goer and former band-mate who wanted to play the clarinet as a tribute to Shaw. However, he refused to stop playing to the point where he had to be removed from the service.

Storage and Handling[edit | edit source]

Stored on a podium in the Dark Vault.

Neutralizer gloves and earplugs are mandatory. If the artifact needs to be moved from the Dark Vault, place in a soundproof neutralizer box until placing back into its field.

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