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Introduction
By Nigel Perry

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
wheels...

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
pump?

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 Perry

 [ 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


(Message sent Sat 23 May 1998, 08:59:03 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

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