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Aluminium-Foiled Again!
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  John Phillips writes:

> Immediately after the end of the music someone had glued a piece of
> aluminium (aluminum to you U.S. natives) foil about three inches long
> by an inch wide to the underside of the paper on the treble side.
> The foil was on a completely blank section of paper.  It must have
> been a recent modification because I don't think aluminium foil was
> around in the 1920s and the glue was spirit soluble not water
> soluble.  The whole lot came off the paper without trouble but I'm
> wondering why it was put there?  I can only come up with a possible
> modification to a player to provide an optical or electrical contact
> reroll signal.

I think John has answered his own question correctly.  It would be rather
easy to install a set of contacts like the old 8-track tape players used
to change tracks to operate an electrically operated reroll device.
What is puzzling is the covering of the snake-bite holes.


John A. Tuttle "Self-Playing Pianos"
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(Message sent Mon 26 May 1997, 17:54:40 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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