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For the holiday season, a Robert Armbruster Christmas Roll.


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Originally Posted by Dave in Denver
For the holiday season, a Robert Armbruster Christmas Roll.

My daughters and I attended the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at a nearby church last night. It was nice to get into a festive mood. I hardly go out these days.

This music roll is nice too.


I was struck by how ornate the beginning of the roll was!

I haven't seen a player roll since I was a kid, so when it started playing I was struck immediately by how the "piano roll" metaphor used in so many computer programs and games is right on the money!

My first "professional" job was in a paper mill (they were computerizing), so it also struck me how accurate the paper needs to be! Producing lengthy rolls of paper accurately -- so they don't shift side-to-side or twist -- is not easy, not to mention getting the musical related holes punched just right (on top of keeping the mechanism working, not to mention a piano).

Amazing stuff to have been created so long ago...


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Here is a new recording Blue Danube . The piano will be going to the refinisher on February 18th (weather permitting).


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My refinisher sent some progress photos. I am very pleased. He has 2 to 3 more weeks of polishing yet to do, then the piano goes to Art Reblitz for more work on the player system.

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Very beautiful finish!


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Stunning! Can I ask what is the finish? Is it French polish?

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David-G: No, at my refinisher's recommendation, this is being done in a modern polyester finish, after stripping the old finish, sanding, grain filling, and staining.


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Here is a photo of the fallboard from the final refinish:

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The piano has now gone to Art Reblitz for additional player work.


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From the "satin finish" thread I feel I'm in a minority here, but I just love the glassy finish over an exotic wood veneer. It's beautiful, and looks modern as well as timeless. Can't wait to see the final results!


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Originally Posted by Gombessa
From the "satin finish" thread I feel I'm in a minority here, but I just love the glassy finish over an exotic wood veneer. It's beautiful, and looks modern as well as timeless. Can't wait to see the final results!


I’m with you— usually satin finish BUT the glossy over the exotic wood is outstandingly beautiful 😻


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