Regarding the xylophone information, I thought I might add this too.
I have a heavy metal bar xylophone, built from theater organ equipment,
which is both reiterating and single-stroke, depending on the mode
called for on the music roll or MIDI player. When playing with a
wooden bar xylophone, it plays single-stroke. When playing solo, it
The difference between this xylophone and most is that it uses tone
dampers on each of the bars which allows the sound to cut off quickly
as soon as the beater stops, so you get a clear musical tone without
the over-ring and blurring of tone. I was told by an organ tech that
this thing is called a Chrysoglott. I wonder if someone can confirm
this term, or if perhaps we should call it something else? Any
The xylophone is used in the Spirit of Independence (SOFI) orchestrion.
[ At http://www.canterbury.nsw.gov.au/photos/30500/30503ps.htm
[ is (presumably) photos of tuned percussion instruments, but I can't
[ connect to the site just now. I hope this outage isn't the result of
[ the range fires presently burning in New South Wales. -- Robbie