Behr Bros. Player Piano in Adelaide
By Mark Brown
Hello Everyone, This is my first post to the list. We have recently
bought a Behr Bros. player piano which I think may date from around
1914 (based on a web search of its serial number, which is 164723).
The piano seems to be relatively in tune (to my ear) and is playable.
The electric motor runs and sounds quite healthy but the player mechanism
is not working. Many rubber pipes have disintegrated and are lying in
the bottom of the piano.
My plan is to refurbish rather than restore the piano. I would of
course like to get the mechanism running again and was hoping someone
might be able to tell me what it is and direct me at web or book
resources that could help.
The box where the roll goes has a plate marked "deluxe - trademark
registered" and several levers. One of these levers is marked
"transforming level - reg88/reproducing" and another marked "welte -
soft/loud". The piano is all electric, there are no pumping pedals.
Could this possibly be a "Welte - Licensee" mechanism?
Many thanks for any info you can provide.
Adelaide, South Australia
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