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SCHILLER
'Schiller Ideal Pneumatic System'
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It appears that this player action was invented somewhere between 1912-1914 by the Schiller Piano Company. While an exact patent has not yet been located, there are other patents from that time frame that were issued to Schiller. However, one of the most unique features of this action is the arrangement of the pneumatic unit and the note valve. Unlike virtually all other player actions, the intake valve seat is located on the deck and the exhaust seat is located inside the pneumatic unit. Also, the deck is comprised of two parts. The wooden part contains the pouch and vacuum supply, and a metal part that's only 3/32" thick. A 1/32" gasket is between the metal section and the pneumatic unit. This action is very compact. It is a two-tier stack with 44 pneumatics units per tier. However, the deck portion of the stack is only about 3/4" thick and 3" wide.






The images above are courtesy of Alan H. Mueller

PATENTS
ACTION FOR PLAYER PIANOS AND THE LIKE
SHEET CONTROLLING MECHANISM
PEDAL FOR PIANO PLAYERS
TRACKING DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Pneumatic Unit, Note Valve, and Deck









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This page was last revised on November 16, 2017 by John A. Tuttle.

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