I just wanted to give you all an update on the piano. After a year
of unsuccessful attempts at trying to get the original stack to work,
I am finally in the last stage of retro-fitting a newer, Aeolian player
stack (which works extremely well) to the piano action. I had to do
just the slightest bit of woodworking and modification to get the stack
Matthias Beachy, from Partridge, Kansas, donated a restored, working
Aeolian stack and foot pump, with various other parts, in late May.
He played a key role (pardon the pun) in this, and I am very grateful
for his contribution. By tonight the piano will probably play its
first roll in around 30 years. I am glad that it was not completely
Yes, there were some persons out there who insisted I restore the
original stack, but that stack had reached the point where it would
have been ludicrous to restore, because that system had inherent flaws
in it. The Aeolian system is ever so much more reliable.
A few pictures are attached. There will be an additional video when
the project is done.
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