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FS: Player Piano Top Actions in Portland, Oregon
By Ken Marts

Hello everyone, After many years of happy hoarding of all sorts of
player piano and pump organ stuff, we've decided to downsize, which
means getting rid of a lot of stuff we just knew we would need someday
but never did.  The only thing that bothers me about getting rid of
this stuff is that it doesn't bother me.  I actually look forward
to being able to walk from one end of my shop to the other without
tripping over something or bumping my head on a low hanging piano leg.

After reading about the Weber ex-pianola, the thought occurred to me
that maybe the six or eight player piano top stacks I've saved since
the beginning of time might work in somebody else's ex-player.  In my
career I've never found an exact match for one of these things but on
two occasions was able to successfully mate (with some effort) two
orphaned stacks with ex's.

Some of you purists may object to that practice but my customers were
elated and so was I.  It was a great challenge and, as I stood in line
at the bank, I realized it was rewarding in other ways too.

At present, these jewels are neatly tucked away in the loft somewhere
under a layer (or two) of dust, so without checking I'm not sure what
flavor they are.  (Unfortunately, I don't think there is an ex-Pianola.)

If someone has an interest in, or need for, one or more of these I might,
for a very modest fee, be happy to part with them.  If you have questions
as to size, note spacing, etc., I'd be happy to do some measuring.

Just so you know, stacked between some players I have a few melodeons
and piano-case pump organs that are all on the way out as well.  Don't
worry, I haven't lost interest in mechanical music (when I die just
open the piano lid and throw me in), it's just that there is this big
thing parked in my driveway that has been calling to me lately and, at
least for a while, I'd like to hit the road with it.

Ken Marts
Portland, Oregon
tel.: 1-503-843-4061 [delete ".geentroep" to reply]

(Message sent Mon 6 Jul 2009, 17:54:09 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Actions, FS, Oregon, Piano, Player, Portland, Top

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