Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info

MMD > Archives > January 1998 > 1998.01.24 > 17Prev  Next


Adding Pipes to 88-note Player
By Matthew Caulfield

Babs Cannon asks about problems she might encounter in retro-fitting
a player piano with a rank of pipes.  She suspects that player rolls
might not be designed to make pipes sound musically correct.

I do recall that Wurlitzer had to adapt its APP roll arrangements
slightly to use them on its Caliola rolls.  (APP rolls play pianos;
Caliolas are pure pipe instruments).  The string-based piano had a
natural sustain built into the instrument, whereas a pipe ceases
speaking immediately as the wind supply is cut off.  I don't know how
much difference this factor makes, musically speaking.  But I bet you
could get at least fair results out of playing an APP roll on a
Caliola.

I wouldn't think you would need "tons of wind" to blow a single rank of
pipes connected to the treble section of your piano and blown at fairly
low pressure.

I'd be more concerned about where you tee off the pneumatics for the
pipe rank and whether the pressure differentials at the place of teeing
are sufficient to operate new primaries and secondaries for the pipes,
without degrading the operation of the piano primaries or secondaries.
You may have to experiment to find out, trying the teeing with just one
or two notes.

Matthew Caulfield


(Message sent Sat 24 Jan 1998, 21:17:14 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  88-note, Adding, Pipes, Player

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   


Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google



CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2018 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

                                                       
Translate This Page

. .