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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

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 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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