First off, I called my thingy a VibraHarp, and discovered it's called
"chord," instead. A VibraChord. Robbie was wondering;
>[ Does your Vibraharp have the long resonators and rotating throttles,
>[ or is it more like the orchestral cabinet Celesta (which sinply plays
>[ "plink, plink!" from a piano-style keyboard) ?
I believe its more "plink-plink." The pickups are just all connected
together and go into an amplifier as one wire. Probably paralleled -- I
haven't looked. But the final tone is pretty good, from what I've heard.
It was made by Mass-Rowe, and is called "VibraChord and Harp-Celeste" for
the Hammond Organ Co in the '50's.
I have a manual for it, and was told that this particular instrument was
used by a professional musician with just a Hammond reverb amplifier. It
wasn't used with its own amp, like I saw described in the manual. So now
I am doubly confused. The schematic in its manual shows a shaping
circuit input to a balanced amplifier that would, without doubt, act as
some kind of decay/ resonator circuit-- you probably know what I mean.
(An oscillator that doesn't quite self-trigger? That is not a Roy Rodgers
joke, by the way -- even though I fully intend to use it when playing
Drifting With The Tumbly Weeds.) What it was originally used with was a
Hammond reverb amplifier-- which I suspect has about the same
So, if reverb amplifiers work, would I have to use Hammond's, or would
anything work with positive feedback in it here?
[ Carry it to the local music store (wear earplugs) and let the kids
[ there demonstrate how it sounds when plugged into a "contemporary
[ music" amplifier ! Then you can decide which choice of electronic
[ "effects" you like best. I'll bet they even have a button for
[ "Leslie" ! -- Robbie