Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info

Announcement: End-of-Year Fundraising Drive In Progress

Our End-Of-Year Fundraising drive is in progress. If you haven't contributed to the operation of the MMD in the last 12 months, this would be a great time to contribute. There's a PayPal link at the bottom of each page on the website.

If you aren't sure when you last contributed, please send me a note using the contact form at the bottom of this page and I'll look you up in my records.

Thank you for your generous support!
Jody

P.S. While your support is needed and appreciated, you do not need to contribute to be a subscriber. If you have subscribed and aren't receiving your Digest, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page and let me know. Thanks!

MMD > Archives > December 2002 > 2002.12.06 > 01Prev  Next


Magnet Valve System by Spencer Chase & Gene Gerety
By Gerry Bay

Recently, I installed the Spencer Chase/Gene Gerety MIDI system on
my Steinway Duo-Art upright piano.  Since this is a very new system,
I thought that the MMD members might be interested in a report.

The system consists of a 16-valve block with the electronics required
to operate the valves on board.  You can obtain more details at
Spencer's web site, http://www.spencerserolls.com/MidiValve.htm.
I needed six blocks to cover the entire range.  A MIDI controller
drives the electronics and you can operate the MIDI controller with
Cakewalk or similar software on your laptop or by a Viscount MIDI
player.

The installation took a full, long day.  Some of this time was due to
the tedious requirement of teeing the tubing in parallel with the
tracker bar.  But a fair amount of time was spent playing with the
software, etc., to get everything playing perfectly.  It should be
noted that mine was the first installation of this generation of device
so none of this was a surprise to us.  I had agreed to be the guinea
pig to help them get this device going.

When we finished the installation and got everything working, the
system played like a champ.  It has played solidly for the past week
with no problems whatsoever.  I am thoroughly enjoying the wonderful
music on my Steinway.  Spencer has scanned some really incredible
rolls.  You can leave the piano on for hours and it just plays away.
It is my belief that Spencer and Gene have developed a very reliable
unit but time will tell.

I am one of the unfortunate people who bought a PowerRoll only to have
it fail in a few days.  I returned it for service and never saw it
again.  So having wanted a MIDI system for my piano for quite a few
years, I must say that I am now just ecstatic about my new Chase/Gerety
system.  (Incidentally, what are you going to call it?)  If you are
considering going in this direction, I think you should give their
system a serious look.

Gerry Bay


(Message sent Fri 6 Dec 2002, 13:23:00 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Chase, Gene, Gerety, Magnet, Spencer, System, Valve

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   


Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google
Loading



CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2017 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

                                                       
Translate This Page

. .