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Re Historic Restoration - A Correction
By Bob Conant


I hope I haven't offended anyone. In my response to the following subject you put in a "snip" and cut out part of my response. I have included my original response after the snip if you wish to publish it.

Bob Conant

Date: Wed, 5 Jun 1996 23:03:57 -0400

Subject: Re: Historic Restoration

In a message dated 96-06-04 02:22:06 EDT, Joyce Brite writes:

> One idea referred to stands out in my mind, "historic restoration."
> Exactly, what is it? Is historic restoration the way the factory
> designed and manufactured the item, or the way people actually used it?

[ snip

The following was what was "snipped":

> #1 - My Gulbransen has a superfluous piece of metal called a "Melody
> Indicator" that attaches to the tracker bar. It serves no real purpose
> and actually interferes with roll-playing. (I would bet that most
> original owners discarded this useless piece of metal.) Should I leave
> it attached to make the player historically correct, or remove it to
> make roll-playing easier?

For an historic restoration, you should keep the device on the piano. It was a feature that is interesting to see even though it makes the rolls harder to play. What I would probably do, however, is to restore the piano with it on, then carefully remove and store it along with instructions on how to reinstall it. That way, it can be returned to original easily at any time.

[ Editor's Note:
[ Bob, I think that I offended you, not the other way around ;-(
[ In my haste last night to get the digest out (it was rather huge)
[ I overlooked that you commented to the first portion of Joyce's
[ quoted text. I snipped it because I thougt I was making the digest
[ shorter by removing redundant text. My apologies for the error.
[ Thanks for calling it to my attention.
[ Jody

(Message sent Fri 7 Jun 1996, 00:23:56 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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