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Melville Clark Apollophone Player Piano + Phono
By Brian Thornton

In response to Tom Binnall's post.  Wow, I just got my first
Apollophone in to restore last night. This one is mahogany but it's in
really sad shape, with the most severe moth damage I have ever seen.

This one is just a foot pumper with a spring-motor to run the roll.
The stack arrangement is unusual for any Apollo player I have seen which
either play the notes under the whippen (as with most player actions)
or on the key just behind the ivory tails.  This one has the pneumatics
facing the hammer action, like a conventional action, with set of
wooden fingers underneath the stack which extend to the keys which is
the playing point of the earlier stack.

Someone took the phonograph all apart, but I think it is all there
except the crank.  I've done a lot of phonograph repair in the past.
The reproducer and tone arm are still intact.  Both reproducer and
motor seem to be generic type that I see in a lot of cheap dime store
off-brands.  I think the motor is Swiss made.

I can tell you probably why the tone arm is missing: that whole
assembly is pot metal and it shatters like glass if mistreated.  Most
likely it bit the dust a long time ago.  I can send you a picture and
you can hit the antique stores and look for a junker, or you can write
this place:

Good luck!

Brian Thornton - Short Mountain Music Works
Woodbury, Tennessee

(Message sent Tue 1 Mar 2005, 17:38:51 GMT, from time zone GMT-0600.)

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