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Identifying 1970s Kimball Player Actions
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  I have two original manuals (Part One) for the Kimball Model A
from 1963 and one original copy of Part Two for the same series.  Both
of my copies of Part One do not have covers and there are no serial
numbers listed.  Page 1 is the Table of Contents and Page 2 is a
drawing of a roll laid over a tracker bar.  The writing starts on Page
3 with the following statement:

  "The motors and electrical controls of the player piano are warranted
   for a period of 90 days.  Other parts of the player are warranted
   for one year."

Part One of the manual is 42 pages long and Part Two is 39 pages in

This is the unit with the mercury switch and the funny looking canister
in the lower section that looks like it was made from an old tin can
with a screw cap on top.  This unit has two AC drive motors, one for
Play and one for Rewind.

The next manual I have is for the unit that has a single AC drive
motor and an aluminum box which houses all of the relays and speed
control circuits.  That box is elevated off the floor of the piano
about 3-4 inches.  This is the one that Ed was referring to when he
talked about the guy jamming the screwdriver under the plastic valve
units.  I have never been able to figure out if this unit is a Model B
or Model C.  However, my feeling is that it's the Model C because I
worked on one unit that was different from the A and the C that had a
different vacuum pump arrangement that I've never found in any of the
Kimball manuals.  There are no dates in the C manual.

Next, I have the D manual from June 1972.  It is nearly identical to
the previous manual except for the last page with has a slightly less
elaborate drawing/schematic labeled Fig. 20, whereas the drawing in the
previous manual is labeled Fig. 16.

Next comes the Model E.  This is one of Kimball's worst Service Manuals
since it does not contain any schematics.  But after years of searching
I finally found and paid $35.00 for a copy of the 'Kimball Player Piano
Model E Service Schematic'.  There are three pages to the 'manual' (if
you can call it that), but they have been invaluable in trouble
shooting electrical problems.

Next comes the Model F.  I have never seen an original copy of the F
manual, but I do have two Xerox copies, which both contain the
electrical schematics.

As some of you know, I'm engaged in an on-going project to make all of
these manuals available to the general public.  Right now I'm making
copies on an as-needed basis.  Like Ed, I've found that identifying
these modern Kimball players is a real pain.  I usually request
pictures of specific parts of the unit to help me decide which unit the
customer actually owns.  If a Serial Number Chart is ever found or
created, this would speed up the identification process considerably.

Hope this adds to the database of info at the MMD Archives.


John A. Tuttle

(Message sent Tue 28 Nov 2000, 15:34:18 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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