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Goodbye to The Awful Artemis Auto-Player
By Luke Myers

It is time for me to say goodbye to my first player piano, but not
my last one.  This piano was the cause of my failing two courses last
spring semester in college. I spent too much time working on a faulty,
damaged, old non-working mechanism.  I cannot do this anymore.

I have come to the point that I don't feel any reluctance about this.
I know that it is hard, but at some time one just _has to_ be honest
about stuff like this.  There are good players and bad ones.  This
one is bad, regardless of what anyone thinks.  I've worked on it long
enough to know that.  It has also had repairs to the soundboard, which
I believe has problems.

Artemis, described in my own words: Faulty, Poorly Designed,
A Headache to Work With, Nothing Makes it Work, The 'Spend Countless
Hours on Me' action, Is Not Airtight Enough, Worse Than H.C. Bay,
The '1 Billion Pieces' action, Has Made Me Hate it, I Should Not Have
Gotten it.

Art Reblitz wrote, in Player Piano Servicing and Rebuilding (How To Buy
a Player Piano): "Unfortunately, pianos tend to give out some type of
sound long after major repairs are necessary, leading the uninformed to
think they are indestructible."

I cannot do anything more with it.  I will put the player action stack
in a glass case as a memento of my efforts at restoring it, and I will
give the piano away as a regular upright piano.  If anybody wants this
piano, come and get it.

Luke Myers
Whitewater, Kansas [delete ".geentroep" to reply]

(Message sent Tue 19 Apr 2016, 02:18:38 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Artemis, Auto-Player, Awful, Goodbye

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