Hi, I have been a reader for over a year, but have never introduced
myself. I am a retired communications engineer and collect and restore
crank phonographs, tube radios and player pianos. My Chickering Ampico
led me to Jeff Davis and a restoration. Then I added 5 more players
and got Jeff to take me under his wing as a novice. After two years
and many gallons of hot glue it's starting to make sense. I also
install PianoDisc and Pianomation, having started with Pianocorder many
I read the comments on installation of the Ampichron in a B drawer. I
have been working on the installation of a reproduction Ampichron for
about 6 months off and on. The reproduction builder never finished the
clock, or installation instructions.
It takes a complete understanding of the working of the drawer parts
prior to starting. Space is valuable, and many original parts have to
be moved, modified or replaced.
Wiring is critical -- to be safe, connections should be in a metal
box in the drawer. The two-wire drawer switch lead on the left is
changed to a three wire lead so that power is provided to the clock.
The clock we received would not fit in the drawer without some
modification to it. I have tested out all the original drawer
functions and now am ready to try the clock.
I have to agree with Bruce. Why would any one want to put it in?
Must have been the challenge!!!!