Hi All, After receiving at least a dozen inquiries about the tubing
layout in the Standard Player Action this year, I finally created a
simple diagram and placed it at the website. It's located at
As I've said to everyone who wrote to me, I've always been somewhat
surprised that no one ever took the time to create such a diagram.
My feeling has always been that the manufacturers thought that such a
diagram was unnecessary because it's so simple. However, what's simple
to an experienced player piano technician is anything but simple to
someone who knows nothing about player pianos. And the fact that such
a diagram isn't contained in any of the reference books or technical
materials has got to be frustrating to the novice.
All too often, the people who write technical references forget that
there are many people with reasonable skills who are starting from
scratch. Typically, they don't have the time to learn ALL of the
basics before starting a repair or restoration project. And while
I firmly believe that the best way to approach any project is by
learning the basics first, one of my primary goals at Player-Care is to
stimulate people into action. But if they can't get past "first base"
because of something as simple as basic tubing, I have failed them to
The dissemination of information about player pianos is the surest way
to insure their survival over the next 100 years. As technicians and
rebuilders, it is to our economic benefit to make sure that people have
all the information they need to "get the ball rolling". For if the
ball doesn't roll, the music certainly will not. And at Player-Care,
our motto is "We Keep the Music Rolling".
John A. Tuttle