Re: Ampico Help Needed (96.05.23)
By Bob Conant
|In a message dated 96-05-24 02:58:57 EDT, Bryan Cather writes:|
> I rather like the idea of an
> Ampico pumper, as I like to "interpret" rolls, and am sure a Marque
> Ampico would sound better than a straight pumper (or even a Themodist
> piano), and, at least around here, Ampico rolls are more common than
> Themodist rolls.
> Bryan S. Cather
I have a Marque Ampico and the way it works is that you can turn the Ampico expression on or off. When the expression is on, you would try to pump evenly and let the expression mechanism do it's thing and provide an interpretation of the expression coded into the rolls. Alternatively, you can turn the expression off and provide expression manually by pumping action and by operation of the manual expression buttons. In this mode, the end holes on the tracker bar are disconnected and you can play many types of rolls including 88 note, Ampico, Duo-Art and others. While you might try to put expression into the roll while pumping and with the automatic expression turned on, I think you would be fighting against the coding on the roll and would find it somewhat difficult. I do like the Marque Ampico as it is a very sensitive pumper. Since mine has an early expression system, it is not quite as expressive as an Ampico A but soldiers on reasonably well. My advice would be to keep both and start saving again to restore the Themodist later. This is how collections are begun ! Good luck.
(Message sent Fri 24 May 1996, 17:25:58 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)