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Replicating Wurlitzer Quad Valve Units
By D. L. Bullock

My new shop contains a fully operational spin caster.  It was used
to make pewter parts for a glass factory: crystal bell clappers
in the shape of hearts, flowers, butterflies, porpoises, whatever.
It can cast any pot metal item and I will check on brass casting.

I have a couple of players that have the Wurlitzer quad valve units.
How many people have need of a set of Wurlitzer quad valve blocks?
I plan to copy these as I have wanted to do for twenty years.

The original valve units are almost never usable.  The pot metal
is shattering, and if it is not the pieces have distorted over time.
The pouch piece bows one direction and the valve chamber piece bows
in the other direction.

These are the pot metal two-piece valve units that have four pouches
on one piece and four valve chambers on the other.  They attach to 
the board that has holes for the outside seat for the valves as well
as the channels to the pneumatics.  This was the latest evolution of
the Wurlitzer players when the pianos had gotten smaller, I am told.

They are compact and would work extremely well for building new stacks
for nickelodeons or whatever.  I plan to build new stacks with them
once production is worked out.  They could also be made of resin or
plastic with the same molds.

I also will be able to recast all the Ampico escutcheons such as Tempo,
Play/Reroll, etc.  I plan to cast new Ampico spoolbox valves just like
the originals as well.  I will be able to cast just about anything on
players that is pot metal.  Any ideas, anyone?  Wish lists?

D.L. Bullock

(Message sent Fri 16 Mar 2007, 07:48:16 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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