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Dating Seeburg Nickelodeons
By Jack M. Conway

Hi Group.  Some time ago Don Teach asked for people to send in
information on their Seeburg nickelodeons to help establish a dating
system for them.  I don't know if he got any responses and I don't
believe that he published any results.

At that time my Seeburg K was out being refinished.  It is now back and
I can give the following information.  Seeburg K, Serial number 75369
rubber stamped on the plate next to the end of the bass strings and the
start of the tenor stings.  No serial numbers are listed in the Pierce
Piano Atlas for J. P. Seeburg.  It refers the user to Marshall & Marshall
which shows that 75369 would have been made in 1918.

Is this the way to date Seeburg nickelodeons?  Cast into the plate
J. P. Seeburg Piano Co., Chicago.  This K has flute pipes as the second
instrument, and the standard eagle art glass.  The coin slot is on the
front right and the loud soft control is on the front left.  The mandolin
and pipes on, automatic, and off control knobs are on the right side.
It seems to me that Don asked for other information but I can't remember

After the refinishing Ron Sanchez hung new hammers (the old ones were
worn down to the wood on the treble end) and dampers and did a pneumatic
rebuild.  It is such a joy to listen now.  Amazingly expressive!  I am
playing all of my A rolls on it now and it is like hearing them for the
first time.

Jack M. Conway, Los Angeles, California, USA

(Message sent Mon 27 Aug 1956, 13:32:08 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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