BellyDoc wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:08 pm
BEHOLD!! A tripodium for the 21st century!
I shall call it ... the swing-armium?
My scan to PDF, email to self, receive and upload to board effort failed spectacularly... not unlike many of my inventions...
Here is a cellphone pic of one of the doodles, in order to at least share concept.
I also did details of the concept of how I envisioned using suction cups to anchor a guitar body into the cradle part.
I think it would be important to incorporate a damper inline with the support springs so that the entire mechanism won't shoot upward when the guitar is lifted off, but instead will rise slowly to where it tops out.
I can’t help but be struck by how much it looks like my nifty Levo G2 Essential tablet and book holder that lets me read while lying down in bed. The thing has interchangeable heads, one I use for my Kindle or iPad, and one for books. It uses simple hair bands with metal ends to affix a tablet to the head. The books attachment system uses Velcro straps and sprung page holders.
It seems like the head on your device is going to take some thought. What kind of ball joint would give the player a good amount of movement? I wonder if we could buy those scissor arms off the shelf somewhere. It must be possible.
I like that leg pad idea that would transfer some of the weight of the guitar to the player's leg, as you mentioned in a previous post.
Do you have a simple clamp on the column? The Levo has one but the whole thing is pretty cheaply made, I wouldn’t hang twelve pounds from it.
Your design looks pretty simple, overall, but the devil is in the details, of course.
I had a great lesson with my teacher today. He sees a lot of potential for the instrument and says I can put theorbo players out of business, haha! We all know that that’s a profitable niche!
The silly Levo Essential G2 book and tablet holder:
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