Mechanical Music Digest  Gallery
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info
MMD > Gallery > Pictures > finger_polyphon1


Announcement: End-of-Year Fundraising Drive In Progress

Our End-Of-Year Fundraising drive is in progress. If you haven't contributed to the operation of the MMD in the last 12 months, this would be a great time to contribute. There's a PayPal link at the bottom of each page on the website.

If you aren't sure when you last contributed, please send me a note using the contact form at the bottom of this page and I'll look you up in my records.

Thank you for your generous support!
Jody

P.S. While your support is needed and appreciated, you do not need to contribute to be a subscriber. If you have subscribed and aren't receiving your Digest, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page and let me know. Thanks!

Polyphon
15.5" Polyphon Has No Dampers
by Wayne Finger (MMD 001105)

I am rebuilding a Polyphon 15.5-inch disc music box.  It is a single comb mechanism, with the comb in front of the star wheel gantry.  It is presenting two puzzles which may have a related answer.  Most of you fellow MMD'ers have lots more experience with these than I do, so here goes.  (Attached is a photo which will help explain.)

Dampers: There are no dampers present.  There is a small rail of star wheel brakes located on the gantry opposite the comb, but no dampers and not much room to put any dampers on the comb side of the gantry.  The "Disc Musical Box Handbook" shows a slot cut in the bedplate to make room for dampers on this type of comb, but no slot is present.  Any ideas or advice?

Extra Comb Holes: There are two slotted holes in the top of the comb and two holes in the side of the comb block.  Could these be for a damper mount, or for a zither?  The photo shows the holes clearly.  If anyone could e-mail back to me a photo of whatever attaches here looks like, I would really appreciate it, because I would like to make it work as much like it did originally as possible.

Thank you very much,

G. W. Finger
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2000 22:07:44 EST
 


PolyComb02.jpg (78 kb)


05 November 2000
 
 
 

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   


Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google
Loading



CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2017 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

                                     
Translate This Page

. .