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Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes 1881 - 1920
       A History,
          Catalog Raisonné,
                and Appreciation.
                          By Q. David Bowers
                                     An AMICA-International Publication

Q. David Bowers has collected, studied, and enjoyed automatic musical instruments, beginning in 1960. In the intervening years he has written several books on the subject, including A Guide Book of Automatic Musical Instruments (1966), Put Another Nickel In (1968), Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments (1971), and Treasures of Mechanical Music (co-authored with Arthur A. Reblitz, 1981). He has contributed many articles to the journals of the Musical Box Society International and AMICA (Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association), and is one of just four recipients of the Musical Box Society International’s Lifetime Service Award. The author, whose main business over the years has been as a dealer in rare coins, has traveled extensively through America and Europe seeking information relating to automatic musical instruments.


The Restoration
Photos by Art Reblitz, Larry Emmons and Ginger Hein
AMICA's "Adopt-A-Piano"
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The Wurlitzer DX orchestrion in the Nevada City, Montana, Music Hall, before restoration.Interior view of the unrestored DX, which remained in this location in the music hall since Charles Bovey acquired it from the Five Mile Inn near Butte, Montana on August 7, 1959.Inside bottom of piano, after removing most of the mouse debris.

Stains left from mice in keybed.Keys ready to be cleaned.Piano disassembled for unstringing and cleaning.

Restringing in progress.Back view of pneumatic stack before restoration.Inside valve seats before and after lapping.

Outside valve seats after filling voids and lapping.Stack valves ready for installation and calibration.Recovered pneumatics being glued to a board

Gear standard cleaned and ready for repainting.Holes in leather on vacuum pump.Pump split in half, ready for cleanup.

Inside of pressure pump, showing original flap valves, straps and newspaper seals.Pipe chest pneumatics after recovering with new pneumatic cloth.New hammers installed, action regulated and stack being installed.

Detail showing new buckskin on catchers.The restored pumps and gear standard installed, vacuum reservoir ready to be installed.Close-up of the gear standard and connecting rods.

The pipe chest and two ranks of pipes installed inside back. The violins show, with the stopped flutes hiding between them and the soundboard. The massive piano cabinet and plate provide support for the string tension without the usual back posts.Automatic music roll changer and other parts installed above keyboard.The piano action and left side of roll changer.

Interior view of the completed Wurlitzer DX. The cabinet still has its original finish, with a coat of Watco oil finish applied to make it a little shinier.Bob Grunow (left) and Art Reblitz packing small parts for the move back to Montana.The AMICA Adopt-a-Piano team. Seated, left to right: Dick Kroeckel, Tom Zook, Don Hein. Standing: Larry and Judy Emmons, Bob Grunow, Art Reblitz.

 


 

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