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WURLITZER CALIOLA RESTORATION (Part 15)
MORE RESTORATION OF THE KEYBOARD UNIT


by Dr. Bill Black

When the Caliola is playing from the music roll, the keyboard is always active. You could play along with the music roll if you desired. If you want to mute the music roll and just play the Caliola by hand there is a means to do this. Basically the set of pallets operated by the keyboard are teed into the tubing between the transfer block and the stack valves. Thus the valve is triggered by the signal from the keyboard pallet. The transfer type block is inserted between the tubing from the trackerbar and the stack valves. The air flow from the trackerbar to the to stack valves can be interrupted by the transfer block which mutes the music roll. There is a mechanical linkage on the speed control which pulls the drive disc away from the leather wheel, activates the transfer block which mutes the music roll and stops the music roll so that you can play by hand.

In PHOTO A, we apply new shellac to the metal tubing where it enters the wood and we have removed the brass nipples and reshellaced these also.


PHOTO B shows the keyboard pallets and pushrods which are under the keys. When the key is depressed and the rod opens the pallet, air enters and the stack valve is operated.



In PHOTO C, the pallets have been removed for releathering and the pallet board cleaned.



PHOTO D shows the pallets glued in place. The leather tails have not been trimmed yet..



PHOTO E shows the underside of the unit. The pallets are spring loaded to close the pallet and return the key upward. The springs have been cleaned and inserted into the grooves in the pallet.



PHOTO F shows the completion of this part of the keyboard unit.



Dr. Bill Black is one of the nation's most knowledgeble Wurlitzer band organ experts. He has made recordings of many band organs and other mechanical music machines which are available for purchase in our Gift Shop .

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