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Modern Aeolian On-Off Switch

Back in the 60's and 70's, Aeolian Corporation made a line of player pianos that utilized a Cherry Switch for turning the electricity 'On' and 'Off'. Problem is, Cherry never offered the switch to the public. It was made specifically for Aeolian. Fifty years later, these switches occasionally go bad because a contact burns out or an internal spring breaks. Unfortunately, direct replacement switches haven't been available for over 30 years. Fortunately, the 'guts' inside the switch are the same as the Cherry E-13-00E switch. What's different is the body and the plunger (the part used to push the switch 'On' and push the switch 'Off'). Below are pictures of the E-13-003 and the switch made for Aeolian.

Here's a 'work-around' that I figured out in 2016.

YouTube video at: https://youtu.be/5nTOL0LMnpo

Sadly, the Cherry switch with the 'through' plunger is no longer available. The best that can be done now is to replace the internal parts from a new Cherry switch that is virtually identical inside. In my experience, as long as the switch body, the plunger, and the rocker are intact, all of the other internal parts can be replaced with new internal parts from a new switch.

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