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Electric Motors in Seeburg Orchestrions
By Stephen Kent Goodman

Don Teach asked, "Does anyone know why some Seeburg E's have a 1/6
horsepower motor and some have a 1/8 hp?"

The 1/8 hp motor was generally used in Seeburg Es with xylophone, and
the 1/6 hp motor was generally used in the Seeburg Es with pipes, as a
bit more energy was needed to move the reciprocating pumps supplying
the with pipe pressure.

You can also find 1/6 hp motors in Style F's which have pipes, and in
the Style L keyboard Orchestra with a single rank of pipes.  There may
also be some Seeburg G's that use the 1/6 hp motor.

This was not the only example of slight differences in motors: Seeburg
Ks and KTs used 1/8 hp motors, but the KT Special with a slightly
larger rotary pump used a 1/6 hp motor.

Stephen Kent Goodman

 [ It's possible that 1/8 hp motors weren't available, or cost more,
 [ so the more powerful 1/6 hp motor was substituted.  -- Robbie

(Message sent Sat 5 Jan 2002, 15:55:10 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  Electric, Motors, Orchestrions, Seeburg

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