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Seek Player Mechanism For 1915 Emerson Upright
By David Dewey

Paul Kratzer posted looking for a player mechanism for his Emerson
upright; now, a quick check of Player-Care shows four different player
mechanisms commonly fitted to Emerson uprights: Standard, Amphion,
Autopiano, and Angelus -- lotsa choices.

Then there is the piano's scaling: where is the bass/treble break
and the gaps for the plate in the treble?  So, one needs quite a bit
of information to re-fit a player in a piano.

That's not to say it can't be done, but it's easier in, say, a Gulbransen
as they were mostly used in their own pianos (and yes, it's harder to
rebuild one!).  A Simplex unit, by it's design, is easier to modify to
fit different scalings.

So, Paul, we need more info -- measure the piano action where the
player connects (usually at the top of the stickers) to get a layout
of the scale, and see if you have any other clues as to the make of
player, such as the controls layout.

Good luck!

David Dewey
Oroville, California

(Message sent Thu 20 Jul 2017, 16:16:27 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  1915, Emerson, Mechanism, Player, Seek, Upright

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