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Electronic bugle?

The "and finally" article on the radio news just now was about the military having bought an "electronic bugle". It's just a box which can reproduce the sound of the last post, but the sound is apparently realistic. The strange thing is, there's no obvious reason to want an electronic bugle. Regiments usually have a human bugler, and the sergeant in the piece admitted that this costs nothing since it's an existing soldier who is trained to play the bugle (not like the "bandsmen" who are paid professional musicians). The only other possible benefit mentioned was of reliability compared to a human bugler - "...as long as the batteries don't run out", said the sergeant.

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