[ Simon Tremblay asked in 080322 MMDigest :
[> Where can I get _good_ materiel (tubing, cloth, leather, etc)?
[> Do schema or tubing plans exist (so useful when the tubing,
[> which became as fragile as glass, is now in the bottom of the
[> piano in many little pieces!)?
Hi Simon, I have been attempting to help the player piano world for
almost twelve years via my web site at Player-Care.com. While there
is still much that I would like to accomplish, I have been able to put
together hundreds of pages of useful information about various aspects
of the repair and restoration of player pianos. In a very real sense,
it's been my goal to fill in the blanks that I found as a player
technician when I first went into the business back in the early 1970's.
While Player-Care can be somewhat difficult to navigate, I think you'll
find that reading the information I have spent years compiling will be
very helpful. However, if you're looking for 1-2-3 snap answers, you'll
probably get frustrated. Point in fact, understanding player pianos is
all about the fine details that go into making them function properly.
Once you have a firm grip on the fundamentals and theory of operation
of the various devices inside a player piano, the 'mystery' starts to
fade and the skills and persistence required to do a good job begin to
become very clear.
If you find that you're having difficulty finding a particular piece
of information, please don't hesitate to write to me at
John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA