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>There are several on this list that are interested in alternate
>and there has been much about ribbon controllers in the past hereand
>specifically. In the mid eighties Serge Tcherepnin gave me rather specific
>instructions on how to build one (he apparently had designed one for the
>Synclavier). Like all other ribbon designs I've heard about, the problem
>arises with the resistive element. Serge suggested using conductive paint
>mixing it proportionally with nonconductive paint. But as he had mentioned,wound
>the paint would be hard to find in the small quantities that I would need.
>Gene (ASM1) Stopp has a circuit description which uses a strip of a black
>plastic trash bag (which has a good amount of resistance across a couple of
>feet -- like maybe a couple K). Also, Dave Bradley described in detail the
>his non-working Moog ribbon with, what sounds like a large exposed wire
>resistor as the resistive element. I know I've seen large wire woundcheaper
>resistors (like 18" or so) closer to Hendry's area than Paul's area of
>electronics, and if they come say 30" these might be the perfect thing --
>there has to be something more durable than a strip of trash bag, and
>than several gallons of conductive paint.
>In a message dated 12/1/99 11:31:58 PM, williamneumann@... writes:
>>Just wondering about the Tannerin and the
>>ribbon control device - What exactly is
>>the construction ? I have seen things as
>>simple as a pecil streak on a strip of
>>whatever with a probe all the way up to
>>a fancier Moog type where the conductor and
>>connection are all inside the ribbon unit.
>>I think there may even be a special oil
>>type that when You press on it the oil seperates
>>(viscosity break point) and makes a floating
>>connection along a couple of conductive strips of
>>metal. The moog one since it went into mass
>>production is I suppose a good one but I need to
>>know what it was made out of. Any ideas ?
>>Thank You ahead of time- Bill.