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Odeola-Pleyel Player System

I am including all of the information I have collected about these two player systems on one page because from all appearances they seem to be the same basic mechanism. As far as I can tell, the identifying features include the Tempo Control Box, the Tracking Device, and the numerous steel (or nickel-coated) "L" connectors found throughout the mechanism. For those who would like to download everything I've collected, click here (28+ meg Zip File).

Ten years ago, I wrote an article for the Mechanical Music Digest about the Odeola action. To read it, click here. A few days later, Lorraine Aressy, a Frenchman, posted an article concerning the history of the company, some advertisements, and the Odeola Owners Manual. To view that page, click here. About a week later, Jean-Pierre Jouandet, another Frenchman, posted an article about his French, Klein player piano, and he included a detailed diagram of the stack/note valves. To view that page, click here or here.

Quite by chance, while corresponding with Claude Lavoie in Canada in late 2010, I mentioned the Odeola Owners Manual and he offered to translate it into English. To view a copy of his translation -click here, and click here for a PDF file of the original manual. I also received an interesting Power Point presentation from a customer in California. To view it, click here. About the same time, I got an email from Ken Vinen in Canada concerning manufacturers in his country. To view the email, click here. And, an email came in from a man looking to sell an Odeola player and rolls. It contained some information about the cabinet that is interesting. To view an edited copy of that email, click here.

Below, I have selected a number of pictures (that people have sent to me) which show various parts of the player mechanism. What impresses me most is the apparent quality and craftsmanship that went into every component in the system.

Tubing Diagram

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Special thanks to the Mechanical Music Digest for allowing me to link to the three
pages of information about the Odeola system. Visit their site at 'MMDigest.com'.
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This page was last revised March 6, 2011 by John A. Tuttle, who Assumes No Liability
For The Accuracy or Validity of the Statements and/or Opinions
Expressed within the Pages of the Player-Care Domain.
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Since "Player-Care" is an internet business, I prefer that we correspond via E-Mail (click here to fill out the 'Request Form'). However, if I'm not in the middle of some other activity, you can reach me at 732-840-8787. But please understand that during the hours from 9AM-5PM (EST), I'm generally quite busy. So, I probably won't answer the phone. If you get the answering machine, please leave a detailed message stating the reason for your call. Also, repeat your name and phone number clearly and distinctly. By necessity, I prioritize everything in my life. And, if you call and just leave your name and number, and ask me to call you back, it might be a day or two before I return your call. Why? Because I don't know why you want me to call and I might not be prepared to assist you in an effective and efficient manner. If you leave me an E-Mail address (which I prefer), spell it out phonetically. The more you do to help me, the more I can help you in return. Don't rush. You have four minutes to record your message.



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