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Proportional Solodant
By Craig Brougher

I might stick in my two cents to answer Robbie's question here:

>[ In my (American) Aeolian Themodist the accomp regulator vacuum is
>[ fixed with a spring, and the slide valves are a crude variable bleed
>[ to the theme supply. I'd much rather the accomp vacuum were a
>[ _regulated percentage_ of the main reservoir vacuum. A slide lever
>[ won't do this. Have you ever seen a regulating mechanism which could
>[ maintain a constant proportion?

The perfect proportional regulator is the regulating Hickman curtain regulator. With a simple adjustment and no springs at all, it will regulate an instrument perfectly at whatever percentage of the pedal power you wish to generate momentarily. Then your theme can simply bypass it for accents, or, it can go through a cutout setup which in effect adds more vacuum under the regulator curtain, opening the effective supply to the stack momentarily, without the need for a bypass. All this happens to be in my Orchestrion Book, too. See Chapter 8 -- Designing Expression Regulators.

Craig Brougher

(Message sent Thu 23 Jan 1997, 15:21:08 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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