The feature which sets aside Angelus player actions from all others, is the large leather pouch with pull-bar and linkage cranks to move the flanged finger at the rear directly under the whippen on piano action. An approximately 3" by 4" hollowed upright board holds this pouch. In front of the two rows of pouches is the secondary chest. This is the early player design of Wilcox & White Co., that pioneered in the early development, making many pushups with the pouch action. A player action known as the "White" player action was developed later and was a modern streamlined two-tier action pictured below; it is not common. The pouch-pull type was, but apparantly lost out to competition before Angelus could join the modern school of competitive designs and stay in business. Like its early-day counterpart, "Cecilian", Angelus clung to old-fashioned, outmoded ideas too long until only the prestigeous name remained as an asset. Angelus was bought by Simplex, when Angelus was bankrupt in 1921. The Angelus name thereafter used only in connection with the reproducing piano system, which Simplex continued to produce, using their own player action.
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