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 > February 2001 > 2001.02.27 > 04Prev  Next

Music Roll Tracking Systems
By Don Teach

Our store used to sell player pianos.  At one time the only player
piano available was the Aeolian-made "Ivers and Pond", "Hardman",
"Duo-Art", etc.  which were all basically the same player piano.  The
QRS catalog featured long playing rolls that would tear up on rewind.

I solved that problem by altering the take up spool.  I used to take
the flanges off and cut the take up spool on a table saw.  This cut was
just a little so I could move the flanges closer together.  The paper
tended to crawl left to right on the take up spool while the roll
played.  On rewind this would cause a roll to tear.

I also made on occasion a different valve block so that the tracker
system would have no valves but only bleeds.  This was patterned to
work like the Ampico and Duo-Art systems.  They tend to move the roll
more smoothly.  The above are just food for thought.

Don Teach

(Message sent Tue 27 Feb 2001, 15:06:14 GMT, from time zone GMT-0600.)

Key Words in Subject:  Music, Roll, Systems, Tracking

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

. .