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Lindeman Player Piano...
By Jason Klinger

Last year I rebuilt a 1911 65/88 note Lindeman player piano and have been having trouble with it ever since. I got it in completely original condition and replaced everything. I've re-leathered valves, re-covered pneumatics..the works. I really thought that this would be my masterpiece because I took my time with it AND it's a fantastic piano to begin with. I got it playing nicely, but not nice enough. It's leaking air like a sieve and I couldn't find out where if my life depended on it. It has new gaskets and all are nice and tight with no stripped screws so I don't see how it can be leaking from a seam. The travel is adjusted to its' correct 1/16 travel, and I've never seen a more perfect set of pneumatics. Despite all of this I have to pump unusually fast to get repetitive notes to play as they should. It's quite aggravating, especially in dry weather. Then I have to work my legs to the hilt !! Can someone out there please help ? Is this a serious problem, or is it the way it was made. I know of a few pianos that simply weren't air-tight even when they were new. I hope I don't own one of them.


(Message sent Mon 4 Dec 1995, 20:12:05 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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