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Suggestions for a cheap source of solenoids for a music project? Answered

I'm looking for some 'normally in' the would perform a striking action when voltage (pref. low) is applied.  I'm not above scavenging, ordering online, or building my own.  It just has to strike a xylophone and retract, so not a lot of force is required.

Any suggestions?

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Jack A LopezBest Answer (author)2011-10-22

I think I saw some at Electronic Goldmine, but I don't know if they ship locations outside of the Former US.

9VDC Miniature Pin Solenoid = 0.99USD/
http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G18567

Powerful 12VDC to 24VDC Spring Return Solenoid = 1.49USD/
http://www.goldmine-elec-products.com/prodinfo.asp?number=G16036

I remember seeing Jameco pushing such a project,
http://www.jameco.com/Jameco/workshop/diy/crashspace.html?CID=HPWORKCRASH
So naturally the solenoids they're selling are more expensive.

I was trying to think what old hardware these could be pulled out of, but I dunno. 

Some links to other partsmongers:
https://www.instructables.com/community/10-Best-Electronics-Suppliers/

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rickharris (author)2011-10-26

Use a cheap toy electric motor with an eccentric cam on it. Much cheaper then solenoid.

You need to arrange it to turn once per actuation.

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onrust (author)2011-10-23