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Three-tier, double valve action with horizontal valves which altogether is very similar to the "Standard" action. The big difference was the valve plate inside. Instead of being metal, was a 1-1/2" diameter fibre washer with a wooden crossbar for guiding valve stem, screwed over it. Valves were leather, felt, and fibre washer secured with force-fit collars. Beckwith player actions were found only in Beckwith pianos. Beckwith was sold exclusively by Sears, Roebuck & Co., but this brand did not exclusively use the Beckwith player action. Many other player actions were used: Standard, Simplex, Lester. Starr, and Strauch Bros. This willingness to switch in order to be fiercely competitive, resulted in selling 40,000 Beckwith players during a ten year period. The piano itself, was better than average.

Beckwith Air-Motor and Transmission
Beckwith Air-Motor and Transmission


Beckwith Exhauster Assembly
Beckwith Lower Section (Exhauster Assembly)

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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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407 19th Ave, Brick, NJ, 08724
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