Here is some of the email correspondence (from the most recent to the oldest) between me and a customer concerning his Beckwith:
I recommend #3B. Also, check out all the information about re-tubing the trackerbar at:
While the information is primarily about re-tubing a transposing trackerbar, the parts about removing the bar, preping the bar, and connecting the new tubing all applies.
I also have other links on that page to other pages at the site that deal with trackerbar tubing.
BTW, I have a new page at the site about the Beckwith. It's at:
I purposely left out your full name and other personal information, but I can put it back in if you like.
Thank you again for the pictures and your questions.
On 2/27/2013 2:37 PM, Jim Zunt wrote:
No one has ever cataloged how much tubing or what sizes of tubing are used in each of the 90+ player mechanisms. For all of the larger sizes, you have to measure the OD of the fitting and estimate the length. For the trackerbar tubing, there's a formula at the web site:
All of the prices for the various sizes are also listed on that page.
I'm guessing that the Beckwith requires about 170 ft of trackerbar tubing.
Thanks for all the good info. Can you imagine - making such a big purchase based only on a drawing (not even an actual photo) and some words on a page! Pretty powerful brand those gentlemen built!
Now that we've established what piano I have, would you be able to give me a quote for tubing materials? From what I've read, I know I may end up needing to do some bellow/valve work, but thought I'd start with the 'easy' stuff.
Assuming I replace every bit of tubing - do you carry it all, and if so, what would it run me?
On Feb 27, 2013, at 8:18 AM, John A Tuttle
Actually, looking under the listing for Beckwith, it doesn't say where the piano was manufactured. So, I tried Sears & Roebuck -although I didn't really expect to see anything of real interest there. To my surprise, I found that Sears & Roebuck also sold the Peerless brand. So, I went back to Winter.
Attached is the page about Winter from the Atlas. FYI, Heller & Co was located in NYC... The only thing I can think of that makes a little bit of sense is that Sears met Roebuck in Chicago and the two started the company there in 1893. (They didn't open their first retail store until 1925. So, your piano was bought from a catalog.... How cool is that?) They obviously made deals with major manufacturers from all over the country, and the deal probably was that Winter had to dedicate the name Beckwith to Sears and put Chicago on the plate. No doubt they made the same sort of deals with other companies to give the appearance that 'everything came from Chicago'. Pretty clever when you think about it..... Also attached a page from the Sears & Roebuck catalog of 1918 that I found at Wikipedia.
On 2/26/2013 11:40 PM, Jim wrote:
On Feb 26, 2013, at 11:30 PM, John A Tuttle
database... The "Pierce Piano Atlas"
On 2/26/2013 11:25 PM, Jim wrote:
On Feb 26, 2013, at 11:24 PM, John A Tuttle
Also, the serial number indicates that the piano was built in Jan 1921.
On Feb 26, 2013, at 11:21 PM, John A Tuttle
BTW, thank you for the pictures. They confirm that the system is a Beckwith. I might add one of the pictures to the Beckwith systems page, to help others more easily identify the system.
On 2/26/2013 8:33 PM, Jim wrote:
Take a look, let me know what you think.... (also, if it's any help, the serial # is 213040)
On Feb 26, 2013, at 8:26 PM, John A Tuttle wrote:
Sure, send me a few pictures.
I've attached a high resolution copy of one of the graphics in the recently scanned original Beckwith Service Manual. There is nothing like it on the market.
I'll send you directions on where to go to download the file.
John A Tuttle
If your pumper assembly is like the one in the attached graphic, the 8 lb springs should be on the left reservoir and the 12 lb springs should be on the right reservoir. The accent pneumatic is basically and 'on/off' switch. As stated in the manual, 'A quick stroke on one of the pedals will accent any chord or note.'
Here's how it works:
Normally, as you're pumping the pedals, the vacuum level inside the wind trunk is the average of the vacuum level in both reservoirs. When you push a pump pedal with a quick stroke, the accent pneumatic closes momentarily and cuts off the reserve vacuum in the bellows with the 8 lb springs. When that happens, the reserve vacuum in the bellows with the 12 lb spring takes over, and since that's a higher vacuum level than the average, the notes or chords are accented.
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