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    Did anyone else catch a piece on the history channel last night about the Roman Hydraulus? It was on Where Did That Come From - Roman Coliseum. An inventor, European I think, has built a 1/4 size Hydraulus that uses water to make the air pressure, and a water wheel roller to make it a player organ. Anyone know about this person and/or the foundation of his Ideas?[:^)]




    Lee


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    I'm not sure of the person to whom you refer; however, here is a French website which details thehydraulus at Acquincum:




    http://perso.orange.fr/organ-au-logi.../Acquincum.htm




    In 1931 the remains of a Romanhydraulus were discovered at Acquincum, just outside of Budapest. The museum there has a reconstruction of the hydraulus (you can seea photoin the French website). The reconstruction was made by the Hungarian firm Angster.

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      Merci bien de nous avoir trouve ces informestres interesantes.




      No, this is not the reconstruction the History Chanel showed. I think the subsequent article with drawings shows a correct conception - that the water was used to regulate the air pressure.On the HC, the organ was winded by air displaced by falling water. However the model on the website is more like some sort of early renaissance positive. There is obviously a slider system,butwell into the middle ages, I think that the organs were blockwerk - All ranks all the time. Also 13 notes in an octave would suggest somethingother thanPathagorean tunning.




      Still, very interesting and fun to contemplate what we will never really be sure about![I]




      Lee




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