Hello MMD readers, First of all, thank you to all that replied in my
request to find a 65/88 note spoolbox. It has been fulfilled.
I am converting a 1912 88-note Aeolian Metrostyle Themodist stack to
use a Weber 65/88-note spoolbox with Themodist and tracker ear. So
far, since the brass note-shifter in the back was really close to the
back checks on the piano action, I had to raise the spoolbox up 1.5
inches on wood blocks for the shifter to clear the back checks. I also
had to move the spoolbox forward roughly 3/4-inch to make more room in
the back. Thankfully the front of the spoolbox clears the player doors
by about .65 inches in the front.
I still have a problem about the tubing. Once the tubing was placed on
the brass nipples at the bottom of the brass switching mechanism, the
tubing now clears the back checks by only about an 1/8th of an inch.
My question is, is this too close? The brass nipples are soldered in
a staggering pattern, with some angled toward the back checks and some
angled toward the back of the spoolbox. I don't want to inhibit the
function of the back checks or the piano action in anyway, I do know
that. The problem only exists when the switching mechanism is on
88-note, because that appears to be the back two sets of holes in the
shifter, and 65 makes the switching plate move forward more to the back
of the spoolbox. I hope that my only option isn't to start planing
wood off of the front of the spoolbox frame, because I really would
like to not have to do that.
And the real question of this post (if you've read this far), somewhere
along the line the little spool chuck that went over the slotted drive
end of the roll holder has vanished, so hopefully I can get someone
that either has a spare collar that fits over this keyed drive end that
will accept the pinned end of a 65-note roll? I really need this to
play the 65 note rolls. If someone is able to supply either an original
for a Weber spoolbox (or Aeolian for that matter) or make a reproduction,
I'd really like to get in touch with them.
Many thanks ahead of time! Keep on music rollin'.