A few weeks ago one our builders commented to us that the Temperature Sensor Board (TSB) installed in a recently built organ, was not stable in the first 10 minutes of power turn on. Apparently, in the first 10 minutes if use, the data value the TSB was outputting was rising about 10 points. This meant that it took 10 minutes before the electronic voices would be in tune with the pipes.
One of the things that builders need to contend with is the potential mangling of data when it has to travel long distances; the console to chamber data cable itself can be a couple hundred feet. Anything under 6 feet we generally don't have to worry about, over 6 feet in the Legacy System, we use an RS-422 protocol. Maestro uses Ethernet.
I thought you might be interested in some real life examples of some of the organs which use our control systems, or as close to real life as you can get when you're sitting at home in front of your computer. Below you will find a list of organs for which I found YouTube videos.
At one point, during our 10+ hour drive to Boston for AIO, my 10 year old daughter plugged her tablet into the car's sound system and we happily listened (she watched) to an orchestra. How did I get a pre-teen to watch a video of an orchestra, and even replay some of these selections? I'm not some supper mom who has been playing Mozart since birth, and if I had asked her if she wanted to listen to an orchestra, she would have given me a disgusted look and gone back to Meghan Trainor.
I remember watching a movie many years ago called "Other People's Money" starring Danny DiVito. In this movie he played a business man who was looking to buy out a small New England company, shut it down, and sell off the pieces. The company was New England Wire and Cable, they were still making a small profit, but had been experiencing a slow down for the previous few years, and things were tight.
We are currently doing some market research, trying to find out what we do well, what we could improve on, why people do or do not use our products, and stuff like that. To do this I've put together a survey using Survey Monkey.
Everybody who completes the survey has the option to enter their name in a draw for a $350 USD credit at MIDIWorks.ca, to be applied to any order after the winner has been notified. This doesn't cover shipping.