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Need piston installation help please

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Re: Need piston installation help please

PostSun Jul 05, 2020 12:03 pm

Adding toe pistons is an acceptable way of maintaining the beautiful classic look of the instrument.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/24-Total-Rodgers-Organ-Toe-Studs-Pistons-Pipe-Electronic/264776269045?hash=item3da5e53cf5:g:ap0AAOSwOUNe9YAU

If you don't need that many, you could sell the balance.

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Re: Need piston installation help please

PostFri Jul 10, 2020 3:40 pm

that's very tempting.... I need that $200 for the Midi encoder board though....
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Re: Need piston installation help please

PostSat Jul 11, 2020 7:56 am

That BBS-1K (and the controller) is what I would need. I am confused about one thing though - the piston is a momentary switch and a key press on a keyboard transmits both on and off. When used with pistons does this board see the piston press as on/off? Or is it still momentary?
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Re: Need piston installation help please

PostSat Jul 11, 2020 12:41 pm

The board will send Note-on./Note-off when you press/release the switch, but Hauptwerk's auto-detect function will ensure that it is regarded as a thumb piston.

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Re: Need piston installation help please

PostSat Jul 11, 2020 3:46 pm

Right on, Graham. HW translates the incoming info between a keyboard and a piston contact closure.

You can split those inputs on the Midi Hardware scanners to do different functions. For instance, part of the input connections can be on one MIDI channel and the rest on another if that is needed. Quite flexible and the boards are very small.

Available are ribbon cable "tails" with an IDE 16 pin connector on one end in case you don't want to make them up yourself.

https://www.midi-hardware.com/index.php?section=prod_info&product=RibbonTail

Myself, I make up my own and prefer to use multi-colored "rainbow" ribbon cable. Using a small vise to assemble the connectors to the ribbon cable.

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