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!
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