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Pratt-Read Player Piano Actions
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  Pratt-Read had three basic player systems.  The Model "M"
Foot Expression Action, the Model "P" Upright Reproducing Action, and
the Model "PC" Combination Reproducing Action.  The Reproducing Action
is a Recordo type mechanism.  Therefore, I would classify it as an
expression system rather than a reproducing system.  However, I suppose
that at the time, any player that automatically added various levels
of expression might have been referred to as reproducing actions for
the sake of advertising a product that was in competition with Duo-Art,
Ampico, Welte, Recordo, and others.  Just my guess...

From the posting that Wolfgang sent, it seems possible that he might
have the fairly rare Model "P" Upright Reproducing Action.  I carry
the twelve-page 1920's blueprint and manual for that action at

I also recommend the Pratt-Read Style 72 Player manual, which covers
other aspects of the player mechanism.  It's listed just below the
Model "P" manual.

"Keep the Music Rolling"

John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA

(Message sent Fri 22 Jun 2007, 12:17:26 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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