I Began doing this in 2001 summer. The idea is quite simple. There’s 40 strings attached to a turntable. The turntable spins and guitar microphones pick up the sound from the vibrating strings as they pass them.
It turned out not that simple to build.
Above is the plan for the upper part where the strings make a u-turn back to the rounded wooden part where the rigging pins are. I first made calculations for 52 strings but decided 40 was enough.
This is the overall look of the Stringcycle. Note the working title: wires recorder.
This is only the first version of a series of Stringcycles I hope to be able to build. I’m also planning on building a acoustic stringcycle.
I built the Stringcycle on an old swiss turntable called the Phonoboy. It’s very light although the actual table is made of iron. The diameter of the table is 11,90 cm so the gab for each string was calculated by counting the circle (53,40 cm) and dividing that with the amount of the strings.
Here’s some notes of what I thought I would need for the Strincycle. I was first thinking about using guitar tuning heads but found out that it’s easier to use zither tuning-pins.
Here is the first finished Stringcycle. It’s a very primitive prototype and I’m planning on improving it quite a lot.
Note the pick-ups that are lifted away from the body of the turntable to avoid hum from the machinery.
Some drawings I made and planned on the improved Stringcycle II. The tuning forks will be located elsewhere for easier tuning.