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 disassembled so that the restoration … Continue reading →
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. The … Continue reading →
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.
Upon first inspection it was realised that the instrument was in a very run-down condition. The cabinet, the action and the keys were all suffering from many years of use and perhaps misuse. This is going to be a major job to restore the piano back to playing condition.
The initial task is to remove the action, keys etc for cleaning and to assess the overall condition and determine the work that needs to be done.