I am restoring my first player piano. It is a Seybold, serial
number 26741, with a Pratt-Read Model F single-valve stack mechanism.
Although I have no music knowledge, I have learned a great deal
from this endeavor. I had a technician come in and evaluate its
restorability and he found the unit to be sound, no cracks, bad pins,
etc. I bought it from a friend for $300.
I have read Arthur Reblitz's books through several times. They were
excellent but I do have some questions.
1. The only source I have found for parts and supplies is the Player
Piano Company in Kansas. Are there other sources out there?
2. A local, professional restorer advised me to use a sponge neoprene
for gasket material instead of leather suede. What do the readers
3. It seems my piano is mostly original and the pouches were made with
a material that is white, uniform in appearance, and thin like tissue.
I ordered zephyr skin from the Player Piano Co., but what they sent is
different and heavier. Reblitz also recommend against zephyr skin.
What would be a better alternate?
Finally, I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can tell me
something about this history of my piano. Thanks again!