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#2912462 11/15/19 04:21 PM
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Hey everyone! My name is Justin. Found the site while hunting around for some information and thought I would join and see if I could get some help from you wonderful folks. I posted in the piano forum first but it was suggested that I try here.

My family recently inherited a Wurlitzer 1202 player piano. I wasn't looking for a piano, but for free, how could I say no. So I went and picked it up and now it's sitting in my dining room. The piano functions fine as a piano, though needs a tune. If all it ever does is plays like a regular piano, I'm happy. I did manage to get the player to work, much to my surprise, however some of the parts were down in the cabinet when I got it.

My biggest issue is the rewind shaft, which is the shaft that the roll attaches to at the top right of the player box. It was removed when I got it. I think this also doubles as the shaft for the tracking system. I have the shaft, a small spring, and the nut that secures it. I don't have the collar or any other parts that I believe go with it. I'll try to attach a pic of what I have.

Things I had to fix included reinstalling the rewind shaft as best I could, soldering one of the limit switch wires back on which doesn't mean much without the tracking parts, and reinstalling the breaker. Also some vacuum pump work.

I went though a site and purchased the service manual for the piano, and while it did help, there isn't much detail on this mechanism. No clear picture for me to see what's missing. So I can't even MAKE the part. I'm having zero luck locating parts for sure.

Any ideas or help would be MUCH appreciated!!!

Justin

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Just for fun a video of the first play. Yes it sounds awful, and no I didn't care at the time haha! Never saw a player up close. It was fun and creepy at the same time.

https://youtu.be/tQj0Nuy2xog

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Ide settle for a decent picture of the tracking collar so I can make one. I can sort of see it in the manual but it's hard to make out details or the size.

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Justin, you will find a lot more discussion on player mechanisms on the Mechanical Music Digest site forum. I would suggest you Google it and go set up an account there, and see if anyone has parts that could help with your restoration.


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Thank you! I will check that out. I actually contacted a company that bought all the old Wurlitzer parts when they shut down. They actually have the pieces I need. Luckily I knew the part numbers. I just sent them a big list to try to get some other odds and ends.

Still going to check out that site though. I appreciate that!

Justin


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