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Action for Marshall & Wendell Piano
By John A. Tuttle

> I have a 1923 Marshall & Wendell small grand piano.  In the late
> forties or early fifties a piano tuner convinced my mother that the
> drawer and player mechanism should be removed because it didn't work
> well and "ruined the sound" of the piano.  He might not have known
> how to fix it, but he took the parts with him and that was the last
> seen of them.  I am now wondering if the piano can be restored.
> It is beautiful and would be even more wonderful in its original
> condition.  Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.  I am in
> Fresno, California.
> Margaret Sharp

Hi Margaret,  I hate to rain on anyone's parade but it's not going to be
easy and it's not going to be inexpensive IF a complete assembly can be
located.  I'd check with a few of the Technicians from Calif.  that are
listed at my site (see and ask
them since they are much closer to you.

I'll also forward your letter to the Mechanical Music Digest
( and they will post the letter in their
daily newsletter which is sent to over 600 members.

John A. Tuttle (

Key Words in Subject:  Action, Marshall, Piano, Wendell

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