Thank you for including me on the list. I found you on the Internet, by
pure chance. I am glad that I have persevered with this electronic
"maze". Talk about wheels within wheels within wheels within
I started restoring Player Pianos about six years ago, having found a
Triumph Auto that had been abandoned in a garage for many years. It was
solid with damp and I simply left it to dry out in my dry garage over
the summer months and then wondered what to do.
I eventually found a Player Piano Restorer, who shall remain nameless,
and paid them a visit.
These people have around 200 machines of all ages and descriptions lying
in an assortment of old sheds and garages. They have a workshop where
they will restore your machine for an absolute King's Ransom. Or you can
take your machine there and restore it yourself with expert advice on
tap, for a Queen's Ransom!!
The only gems that I came away with was the A. Reblitz books, which I
devoured with relish and which now look very sorry for themselves. They
have been instrumental (pardon the pun) in my pursuing this new hobby.
I have since found many other more reasonable suppliers of materials and
advice both here and in USA. I restored the original piano and sold it.
Then bought a Steck PEDA Upright, restored that and sold it.
I rescued an Aeolian Orchestrelle from a defunct Baptist Church, within
days of it being taken to the dump and destroyed!!
It was minus its player mechanism, so I acquired the bits and made
another, very crude, but it worked!! I sold that.
In the meantime I found an Angelus 65 note, restored that and I have
that still. Its a great machine.
I have bought, restored and sold a little Aeolian 1250 46 note.
I bought another identical Stck, but having had no Duo Art Piano for a
while, I began to get withdrawal symptoms. The result was a hasty
restoration, which I now regret. I didn't do that bad a job, the stack
had one dud nte and I will eventually do the job properly.
At least I have learned a valuable lesson!!
Now, I am awaiting delivery of a Weber 6' Duo Art Grand, pedal only.
I really am going to take my time on this one. I have had to alter the
house to get it in (we have a 350 thatched stone cottage, hence the need
to sell stuff as we just do not have the room to keep them), and I am
praying that we can squeeze it in.
It needs complete restoration. Any specific tips would be very
gratefully received, and also, how easy would it be to add an electric
I am always seeking Duo Art Rolls, and have my name on several Auction
Lists, and others both here and USA-side.
Thanks for this superb service, Jody!!
[ Nigel, Welcome, and thanks for the kind words. I hope you find the
[ discussions here useful. Thanks for being brave enough to write
[ so soon after subscribing! --Jody