Many members of the Campbell lab are interested in the mechanical properties of skeletal and cardiac muscles.
We specialize primarily in experiments that use chemically permeabilized (sometimes called 'skinned') muscle preparations and have 3 setups designed for this type of experiment. We have also built a new instrument to measure the dynamic properties of living, electrically excitable, muscle cells. This instrument, which we call Keeneland, also allows us to assess calcium and voltage transients using fluorescent indicators.
Most of the setups use SLControl, a data acquisition and analysis package that Ken wrote while he was a postdoc and which still runs, reasonably well, 4 versions of Windows later. You can download SLControl for your own use (free to academics) at http://www.slcontrol.org.