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Unusual Aeolian-Weber Themodist Upright
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  Just a quick follow-up on this thread.  Most of the questions
have been answered thanks to about a dozen MMD'ers who took some time
out of their lives to help me.  Their efforts are much appreciated by
me and the piano's owner.  Thank you again.

It's interesting to note that the trackerbar that's now in the piano
was patented Oct 28, 1902 -- 104 years ago, tomorrow.  I don't know
exactly what that means as far as the player system goes, but it seems
fairly obvious that the Themodist scale design, associated with an 80+
note stack, must have been in someone's brain.  Then again, I suppose
it's possible that the Themodist holes were added to the bar, but I'm
pretty seriously inclined to doubt that was the case.

I'm still waiting for a few more photos which should put to rest the
speculation with regards to the Manual and/or Automatic Sustain.
However, in light of what I have already seen, I'm strongly inclined
to believe that an Automatic Sustain never existed.  I'll keep posting
the new pictures and associated comments on the web page at

(By the way, if people go to the old 1919-weber page, they will
automatically be re-directed to the 1907-weber page.)

John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA

(Message sent Fri 27 Oct 2006, 13:36:28 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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