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Player Technician Needed/Redwood City, CA
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,

The following is a request for a player piano technician that will work in Redwood City, CA.

J. Tuttle

Margie King writes:

> "My name is Margie and I have just inherited an old player piano which I
> remember playing as a kid. I don't know the exact date it was made. I
> had a piano repair person look at it. He says it was in pretty poor
> shape but had the sound of a grand piano because of its height? He said
> he could not fix the player mechanism but could fix it to play as a
> regular piano for about $500.00. I also have a huge box of music
> rolls. He tried to find someone in our area who restored these old
> players but has no luck. Maybe you might have some advise. I live in
> California near San Francisco. I look forward to hearing from you."

John A. Tuttle wrote:

Hi Margie,

I'll scout the Mechanical Music Digest for technicians in the Bay Area. I was born in Berkeley and grew up in Daly City. :) The serial number (which you need to determine the age), if it's an Aeolian Themodist, is on a small ivory piece on the inside of the left side, near the top. It should be a five digit number. What would you be getting for $500? <snip-short treatise on my fear of piano tuners who don't care about the player> I suppose the only other question I should ask is, where do you live? Not exactly, but a city might be helpful regarding requests.

> Hi John,
> I live in Redwood City. For $500.00 he would completely take out the
> player mechanism and replace all the black and whites and do the tuning
> and so forth. Thanks for the reply.
> Margie King

What else can I say? HELP!!!
John A Tuttle "Self-Playing Pianos"
407 19th Avenue 908-840-8787 (leave message)
Bricktown, NJ 08724 Rolls:1-800-870-8784 (leave order)
"We Keep Your Music Rolling"

(Message sent Thu 14 Nov 1996, 21:43:21 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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