I am in the process of designing a 99 note just intonation carillon
that would use steel bars driven by solenoids, with magnetic pickups.
I have written about the instrument to this digest before: MMD 990721
I am considering scraping the use of steel bars and using strings
instead. Since my tuning system uses 49 tone to the octave just
intonation, strings would be a better demonstration of JI because of
their range of harmonics. My design currently will have 20 bars on each
of 5 boards, and strings could easily substitute for bars.
The following questions come up:
1. Should the boards be reinforced to prevent warping? How?
2. What would be the best bridge, string mounting, and tuning pin
arrangements? The most stable board material? With 99 strings,
I want to minimize retuning headaches so will need the most
3. Where is the best location for the striker? For the pickups?
South East Just Intonation Society