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Ampico 'A' Restoration Guide
by Paul Manganaro

Below are links to information about Restoring the Ampico 'A' Player System. These pages and the information therein were created by Paul Manganaro, who is solely responsible for their content. These links are presented at Player-Care in the hope of getting this information out to all interested parties as quickly as possible. You can also view these pages by visiting Paul's "Antique Mechanical Restoration" website (click here) I personally thank Paul for allowing me to present these links at Player-Care. Signed: John A Tuttle.

1. About the Author

2. Introduction

3. Ampico 'A' Rotary Vacuum Pump

4. Ampico 'A' Unit Block Valves

5. Ampico 'A' Stack (or Windchest)

6. Ampico 'A' Expression Mechanism

7. Ampico 'A' Drawer Assembly


Below are links to more information at Player-Care regarding the Ampico 'A' and Ampico 'B' Reproducing Player Systems.

AMPICO A & B Similarities/Differences, by Craig Brougher

Regulating the AMPICO, by Bruce Clark

Correct Method of Rebuilding the AMPICO Rotary Vacuum Pump, video by Craig Brougher

Installing & Regulating The AMPICO-AMPHION Action, video by Craig Brougher

Disassembling and Restoring Ampico Valve Blocks

Purpose of Ampico 'A' Slow Crescendo Spring, by Craig Brougher

AMPICO 'A' & AMPICO 'B' -- Telling Which is Which, by Craig Brougher

Rachmaninoff on Ampico rolls, by Craig Brougher

Covering the Feeder (or Exhauster) Bellow in an Ampico 'A' Rotary Vacuum Pump, by Craig Brougher

The Ampico Reproducing Player Mechanism -Explained

Ampico 'A' Adjustments

Ampico Function Switches: How They Work!

Ampico A Reproducing Player Piano: Problems with the Early Pedal Models, by Craig Brougher

The Truth About Reproducing Player Pianos, by Craig Brougher

What a 'Reproducing Piano' is suppose to be!, by Craig Brougher


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This page was last revised February 18, 2013 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 8AM-5PM EST (Mon-Sat), 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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