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Wood Type in Player Piano Actions
By Mike Kitner

Help!  All of you who have worked on player actions; notably Ampicos
and Amphions, Welte Licensees and Autopianos and most Standard Player
actions are aware of the wood they are made out of.  What the heck is
that stuff?

I would describe it as closed bland grain, creamy-pink, about the
softness of poplar, maybe a little harder, but certainly not as hard as
maple or cherry.  For some reason I have thought that this wood was red
gum, but a recent learning experience has called that into question.

I have several ranks of wooden violin pipes here made of the same wood.
Many of them are missing or beyond saving so I went searching for red
gum.  To my surprise its almost impossible to get and the one source
I did find (in Canada) told me that it is very unlikely that they would
have used such an unstable wood for precision parts like organ pipes
(or player actions).

Can anyone offer a suggestion?  It must be a fairly common wood (think
of all those player actions).

Thanks all!

Mike Kitner


(Message sent Sun 27 Feb 2000, 18:24:19 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

Key Words in Subject:  Actions, Piano, Player, Type, Wood

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