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Identify Action in Steinbach Player Piano
By Mark Williamson

Hi,

I'm still fairly new at this so please bear with me and my dumb
questions.  (Didn't someone once say that their were no dumb questions,
only dumb answers?)

I have recently purchased _another_ player piano with the view to
eventually rebuilding it.  (I've decided my Solo Concerto is probably
not worth rebuilding - anyone interested in it?)  The brand inside is
barely legible but it is STEINBACH and I think it has Chicago underneath
that.  The serial number is 199821.

This is a very small instrument only standing not quite 4 "88 note roll
widths" high (I can't find my tape measure or even a ruler at the
moment!).  Someone has rebuilt the lower part of the player action but
the stack has not been worked on by the look of things.  I only hope
that whoever has worked on it was not the same person who decided to
paint it two tone mushroom & chocolate!

It has a 3 tiered stack & a 5 bellows motor.  The play/rewind switch is
in the spool box.  In front of the keys there are buttons for Soft Bass
& Soft Treble and a lever for the Sustain on the left, and a lever for
tempo on the right.  The most unusual feature is the tracking device.
This consists of a bar in the spool box above where the roll goes.  It
has 2 very short bars hinged onto the first bar at either end.  These
short bars have a wheel on the end.  This seams to be some sort of
tracking device but I've not been able to work out exactly how it is
supposed to operate.  (It's not doing much at the moment although the
player works OK) And to quote a song, "I've never seen anything like it
in my life."

Can anyone identify this player action?  I've looked through the
Archives and haven't been able to find anything that seems relevant.

Thanks

Mark A. Williamson    o|:)}
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


(Message sent Fri 15 Sep 2000, 12:21:29 GMT, from time zone GMT+1000.)

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