At Player-Care, one of our primary goals is providing the public with the best information possible. Whether it's technical articles about rebuilding, helpful tips to save you time and/or money, or providing the highest quality technical references, we spare no expense. Such is the case with the Autopiano Service Manual, which is known as "Player Piano Pointers". This manual was first printed in 1917, and over the years it has been reproduced by every major piano supply house and player piano parts dealer in the country. As a result, by 1985 the quality of the graphics had become so bad that they were basically useless. See Cut 9 - 1985 below.
Cut 9 from 1985 manual -click to see full size image
By 1996, one supplier had located an original copy of the manual and they produced a much better copy. It was so much better that the other major piano supply houses bought copies from that supplier and sold them to the industry, who in turn sold them to the public. Below is the same Cut 9 from the 1996 version of the manual.
Cut 9 from 1996 manual -click to see full size image
Late in 2013, I became aware of an eBay listing concerning what was touted as an original copy of the 1917 manual. Naturally, I was quite skeptical. So, I contacted the seller, and they assured me that it was indeed an original copy from 1917. Well, it didn't take long for others to find out about this rare reference, and let's just say that the bidding got a little out of hand. When the manual arrived, I was amazed by the quality of the graphics. Below is the same Cut 9 from the new '2014' Player Piano Pointers manual.
Cut 9 from 2014 manual -click to see full size image
This manual is now available in 8-1/2" x 11" print form (the original format was 4-3/4" x 6-5/8") and in PDF format. Every page was scanned at 600 dpi in full greyscale to preserve the quality of the original lithography. The PDF file is 72+ megabytes in size. The booklet sells for $26.00 and the PDF file sells for $15.00. To place your order for this fine reference, click here. You won't be disappointed.
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