In 1985 I bought a "Premier 751" from an auction of lost container and played it in a student big band, using piezzo picups to be loud enough.
Because of job and children this instrument was unused in the cellar for nearly 20 years.
Last year a friend asked me, if I could make some music with him.
But after a few times I played the vibe, both springs broke and some of the bar holders made from rubber turned to dust.
Trying to get the instrument into a jazz club with spiral stair, I received a herniated disk.
So I startet a study projekt for mechanical engineering students of the second year to design a new vibe frame under those topics:
* easy to setup
* easy transportation
* two bar-frames with fixed pic-up connetion of the bars and one base-frame
* pedal length about 2/3 of the instruments length
* no motor installation, but possibility to add later
The frame shown in the video is build as a summary of the best student ideas.
All recording is done by mobile phone.
The first seconds of the blues-theme (beginning 0:40) is "stolen" from this wonderful youtube-video by Tony Miceli.
I hope that's ok, otherwise I will delete my video.
The rest of the blues I try to play a little bit like Ed Saindon in his great video.
Sorry for the bad covering, but I thought there should be some vibe sound on the video.
The next steps will be:
* create new folding tubes http://userserv.hochschule-reutlingen.de/~Wyndorps/Download/Musik/New_t…
* create a less sophisticated pedal (asymmetric position) http://userserv.hochschule-reutlingen.de/~Wyndorps/Download/Musik/New_P…
* create folding bar-frames http://userserv.hochschule-reutlingen.de/~Wyndorps/Download/Musik/new_b…
* perhaps try to create own bars http://userserv.hochschule-reutlingen.de/~Wyndorps/Download/Musik/new_b…
May be there are some further ideas how to continue or improve the frame?