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Repairing Aeolian Plastic Block Valves
By Ana Gerard

As a new subscriber I thought I would like to share some information on
a little 1976 Duo-Art (at least it looks exactly like the picture you
have on your picture archives) that has come into my possession.  There
was some discussion last year regarding one from Australia, I believe.

The piano was not too badly built -- spruce sound board, direct blow
action, solid wood body -- however the keys were un-weighted and the
general overall quality was uninspiring.  And heaven help you if
anything went wrong with the piano.

I think the worst thing about it was that the stack was made of little
plastic boxes that fractured as most plastics of that time seemed to do
with age.  Because of repairs that had to be done to the piano itself,
the entire player mechanism has been removed and may provide parts for
someone who may be trying to repair one of this vintage.

I have a feeling that most of these ended up in the dump when the
player mechanism broke down.  Has anyone been able to repair the
plastic stack?

Ana Gerard
Burlington, VT

Key Words in Subject:  Aeolian, Block, Plastic, Repairing, Valves

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