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Rebuilding Melville Clark Spring-motor Player
By Bruce Mercer

[ Bill Maguire wrote in 100607 MMDigest :

> I am concerned about the valves in particular, and I'd appreciate
> information as well on any other potential areas of concern for an
> experienced player tech.  How well do these instruments function
> when rebuilt well?

They are very well made player with a terrible valve design.  Change
the bottom seat to something other than leather and it will play very
easily.  They were high quality pianos.

Whatever you do, *do not take apart the round clutch assembly at the
top of the pedal push rods!*  You will be looking for tiny springs and
assorted bits and pawls until the end of time.  Don't even peek!

Best Regards,

Bruce Mercer

(Message sent Sat 12 Jun 2010, 03:53:05 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Clark, Melville, Player, Rebuilding, Spring-motor

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