Workshop Projects

The core of the business. This is where I will be posting the latest updates from the workshop. You can follow ongoing progress to the various jobs that come along day by day.

Disassembling the Lower Player Piano Action

20/01/2012
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The lower player piano action consists of numerous components. These include the pumping bellows, pumping pedals, reservoirs and trunk. Various gaskets and valves will be found located here also. All of these parts must be disasembled so that the restoration work can commence on each individual component.

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The Restoration Commences

17/01/2012
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Work has now commenced on my latest player piano (pianola) restoration project. Firstly, all the components from the entire player piano action must be removed from the piano. Pictured below are the various parts of the player piano action.

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WH Paling Victor Player Piano (Pianola)

12/01/2012
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A New Year, A New Restoration.

The new year brings with it a new restoration project. This latest project is a Victor WH Paling Player Piano or pianola, as they are often called. This particular restoration will involve a total rebuild of the player piano action, as the player piano is not in working order at all.

Throughout this diary, i will be documenting each part of the restoration process, so you will be able to follow along and see all that is involved with this particular rebuild.

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Beale Upright Action

04/10/2011
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Wind Motor

03/10/2011
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Mouse house or piano?

22/09/2011
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This little upright piano had a mouse take up residence, and it decided to remove most of the tapes from the action to use as bedding for its nest.

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Unit Block Valves

01/09/2010
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Amphion actions use valves that are individually mounted in separate wooden blocks.

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