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Gulbransen Actions ARE Restorable
By Al Pebworth

Hello MMD Readers,  It is Christmas morning, and I hope that everyone
is having a happy holiday!

In reply to the post by Hal Davis, I must say that there seems to be
a misunderstanding of the practicality of restoring a Gulbransen piano
stack.  I have restored many gully stacks, including the glued-up
versions.  I have built Gulbransen stacks from scratch to replace
stacks destroyed by a lack of finesse by owners and other restorers.
In every case, the restored stack played as advertised: "So easy
a baby can play it".

I was taught by restorers who had mastered the technique, and in turn
I have taught the other local rebuilders how to do the Gulbransen stack,
and they all turned out okay.

Let's give the good old Gulbransens a chance.  When properly restored,
they play _great!_   True, they are not as easy to rebuild as a good old
Standard Pneumatic Co. action, and it takes longer, so perhaps this is
why they get a bad name.

In closing, let me say again, "Gulbransens ARE restorable!!"

Al Pebworth
Pebworth's Player Piano Center - Home of "Yesterday's Music"

(Message sent Sat 25 Dec 1999, 15:14:36 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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