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Tuning & String Scale of Seeburg "L" Nickelodeon
By Jack M. Conway

[ Dean Randall asked, "Can any of the nickelodeon experts on
 [ this list tell me what note the first _plain wire_ string is?"

I am no expert but "Treasures of Mechanical Music", by Arthur Reblitz
and Q. David Bowers, says:

"The Seeburg Style L cabinet piano has only 54 playing notes for the 58
note holes in the roll. The lowest bass note is B, and it is coupled to
the next higher B on the stack so that both notes play at once from
note 15. The second bass note, C, plays from hole 4.

"The last 5 treble notes are missing in this piano, so the 5 highest
note holes in the tracker bar are coupled down an octave on the piano.
In this piano the lowest three piano notes, B, C,  and C# play from
roll holes 15, 4, and 5 in that order.

"The upper 13 notes, in order E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#,
and E, are played from holes 44 through 56 inclusive, in order. Holes
57 through 61 are coupled to holes 45 through 49 in order as follows:
57 to 45, 58 to 46, 59 to 47, 60 to 48, and 61 to 49.

The A roll scale is shown as:

1. Soft pedal
2. Sustaining pedal
3. Play
4 to 61 C-A, 58 playing notes
62. Extra instrument (such as xylophone or a pipe rank)
63. Rewind
64. Mandolin
65. Shutoff

Jack M. Conway, Los Angeles, California, USA

 [ Many tracker scales and key frame layouts are included in
 [ "The Golden Age of Automatic Musical Instruments," copyright
 [ 2001 by Arthur A. Reblitz, and in "Treasures of Mechanical
 [ Music," copyright 1981 by Arthur A. Reblitz and Q. David Bowers.

(Message sent Sun 17 Mar 2002, 17:23:11 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  L, Nickelodeon, Scale, Seeburg, String, Tuning

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