Attached find my first entry for the MMD. I saved it as a *.txt
file. Is this the correct way to send you the info? Let me know.
[ Editor's note:
[ It's almost perfect, Joel, and it offers me the opportunity to
[ talk a little about sending letters to MMD. The first step is
[ to save the document as a text-only file (*.txt), but then the
[ method of encoding for transmission must be selected.
[> Content-type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII
[ This statement appears in the e-mail header, and tells the recipient
[ to expect US-ASCII codes in the *e-mail* text. It is usually
[ selected in the "Preferences" portion of your e-mail program.
[ In contrast,
[> Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable
[ indicates that the *attachment* uses QP (quoted printable)
[ encoding. It is also usually selected in the "Preferences" portion
[ of your e-mail program. The result looks like this before I fix it:
[> My name is Joel Cluskey and I am a new subscriber to MMD. Firs=
[> t, a little about myself. I was born and raised in Peoria, Ill=
[> inois. I am a practicing architect, graduated from the Universi=
[ QP encoding uses the equal sign (=) to break the line of text, and
[ so I must do a little editing on the attachment.
[ The method I prefer is ISO-8859-1 encoding (or US-ASCII):
[> Content-transfer-encoding: ISO-8859-1
[ Attachments encoded with HTML are a huge amount of work to edit.
[ See the letter, below, from Hans van Oost.
[ -- Robbie
Content-type: text/plain; name="INTROD~1.TXT"
Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable [ but I've edited it now. ]
Hello: My name is Joel Cluskey and I am a new subscriber to MMD.
First, a little about myself. I was born and raised in Peoria,
Illinois. I am a practicing architect, graduated from the University
of Illinois 1984, and am still trying to decide what I want to be when
I grow up! I now live in Pittsburgh, PA, childhood home of my wife,
with our two children. Prior to that I lived in Princeton/Trenton, NJ.
When in high school, I worked for a short while with an organ builder,
Mr. Jack Becker, in Peoria while re-constructing a Wicks 35-rank pipe
organ in our church. Since then I have had a great fascination for
musical instruments and have "restored" several reed organs and a
melodeon. While living in Paris for a year studying architecture,
I couldn't get enough of street organ grinders, and I bought their
recordings whenever I could.
About a year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to purchase from an
elderly neighbor a Kelsworth, New York (#135403) player upright with
Simplex three tier player action (#169963/40) and about 70 rolls (all
pre 1930) for $225.00. I had the piano inspected prior to the purchase
by a helpful piano technician, Mr. Randy Mangus of Wheeling WV who
told me that from what he could tell, both the piano and the player
action were a good candidates for restoration.
The case was in exceptional condition. My neighbor explained that the
piano had been in her family since she was a child but had not played
in probably 30 years. Part of the purchase deal was a promise on my
part to make a recording of her favorite rolls when I had it completed.
Well, armed with the Reblitz books I went to work.
One and one half years later, it is complete. As far as I can tell,
I did everything "by the book". Mr. Mangus was kind enough to provide
counsel when needed and told me that, although he had never personally
restored a Simplex action, I had done an impressive job for my first
In the future I would like to list some specific questions about the
restoration and note some observations that I made while trying to
complete this restoration. If anyone could help me identify the piano
manufacture date or knows something about this particular instrument,
I would appreciate it if they would let me know. Thanks for your time.
[ Welcome to MMD, Joel. I'm glad that you had an enjoyable time
[ fixing the piano. Did the former owner enjoy the recordings?
[ For further reading about the Simplex action check the MMD
[ Archives at our web site, and also the articles which John
[ Tuttle has placed at his Player-Care site. (See his letter
[ below.) Please write again with your observations and questions.
[ -- Robbie