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Solenoid Driven Zither? Formally a Carillon?
By Darren Burgess

Hey folks,

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
       stable design.

    3. Where is the best location for the striker? For the pickups?

Darren Burgess
South East Just Intonation Society
Gainesville, FL

(Message sent Sat 18 Sep 1999, 15:58:00 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Carillon, Driven, Formally, Solenoid, Zither

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