* These valves are from an Autopiano that was recently ‘restored’ in the UK. I had
to remove, clean, reface, seal and adjust at great expense to the customer who had
already spent a large amount of money to have the original job done!
*** And from the same restorers - enlarged bleeds - an interesting solution and most
likely an attempt to correct two cyphering notes.
on a Steck.
** An unusual aluminium stack that I worked on recently. It’s design allowed for
the removal of individual valves and pneumatics without major dismantling, as shown
in the picture above. The valves were in remarkably clean condition belying their
outward appearance. Believed to be a ‘Metalnola’ Action.
A very inventive place to hide a secret note. Inside the tracker valve box from an
Pictured below is an Ernst Kaps of Dresden Grand piano.
Finished in burr Walnut veneer. Prior to repolishing it had been hand painted in
Apologies for the poor photographs, I couldn’t stand far enough away to fit the whole
An alternative valve arrangement from a Farrand Aeolian,
This arrangement makes it very easy to adjust valve travel by simply turning the
seat up or down. I have set these fairly tight as the pneumatics are quite small
on this model and the valve facings are ‘fluffy’ and likely to compress with use.
The remains of a cast metal transmission from a Higel that had seized due to distortion.
It completely disintegrated when I tried to dismantle it. I fitted a spare Aeolian
transmission to replace it making only some minor adjustments to spool height and
Odd Aeolian Expression box
This way up it all looks very familiar but the picture below shows a very different
arrangement to those I have restored in the past, and there have been many! The rest
of the action looks Aeolian made but not to their usual standard, the action is stamped
I add interesting or unusual photos to this page as and when I come across them..........so
keep checking back!
This recently restored Aeolian pedal or ‘Half’ Duo Art can be seen at “The Mayor’s
Parlour” a cafe and well known art gallery in London’s East End. The owner decided
he wanted the pianola to be a permanent feature at the venue and asked me to restore
the player action in July 2013.
My Steck PEDA on loan to the Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh for the Ross Birrell
and David Harding Exhibition ‘where language ends’ that ran in May 2015. The music
roll was cut especially for the show, which has been to Mexico and Switzerland, by
Julian Dyer in 2012.
“Copyright Talbot Rice Gallery. Photos: Chris Park”.