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Seek Parts for Solenoid Harpsichord
By Jim Hendershot

Hello all!  Hope you had a great New Year's celebration.  Mine was
great fun!  I have a new project (just what I need) and don't quite
know where to turn, so I thought the experienced group here could help.

I have a harpsichord (yep, a real one) of fairly recent manufacture
that I want to add MIDI to, so that I can make in play in ensemble with
my Disklavier (and whatever other wild things I may come up with in the
future).  I can handle the sensing, MIDI interface circuits, etc.  But,
I need to find a source for pusher solenoids that would be suitable for
the task.  The application is _very_ similar to a piano, so I am sure
the solenoids from a Disklavier or PianoDisc unit would work.

My problem is I have no experience in these matters, and I don't want
to go off and spend the big bucks for something that is less than
optimal.  Any suggestions on what to use would be greatly appreciated.
I would also be interested in any other suggestions you may have on
this fool's errand of a conversion.  Please keep the flames below
medium rare, thanks.  It's not a collectable instrument, so I have
no feelings of remorse at butchering it.  What say you all?

Best Regards,
Jim Hendershot

(Message sent Sat 3 Jan 1998, 02:43:25 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  Harpsichord, Parts, Seek, Solenoid

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