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 > taylor_M&H


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!

Mason & Hamlin Ampico
Mason & Hamlin Concert Grand Ampico
by Bob Taylor (070319 MMDigest)

Currently in my shop for restoration is one of the two or three Mason & Hamlin pianos built with an Ampico.  Like other concert grand Ampico pianos, this piano had a special, highly modified Ampico unit installed.  In my knowledge, all of these pianos except one have been stripped of the Ampico.  Therefore, few people have ever seen the special features.  When I saw the complete mechanism in a concert grand Chickering in 1975, I made photographs of everything unusual.  Those photographs have allowed me to remanufacture mechanisms for two concert grand pianos since then.

Beside having special valves and tubing which allow remote control, these pianos have multiple motors and a pump that possess a second stage of amplification.  Logic devices control the pump output.

The factory had installed a placard in this Mason & Hamlin that gives various pressure settings.  I have sent a photo of that to MMD for the Archives.  The terms of the placard seem to indicate an Ampico B, but that is not the case.  This is an Ampico A.  The placard photo clearly shows the pianos tension resonator.  It also identifies the piano as RCC EBONY.  The piano is indeed RCC 36811.

A second photo shows that the beams make for a tricky layout for the Ampico.  This piano will be playing again soon.

Bob Taylor
18 Mar 2007 20:10:21 -0500

taylor_M&H01.jpg (56 kb)

taylor_M&H02.jpg (65 kb)


20 March, 2007

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

. .