This is a 1922 Seeburg Model "L" or Lilliputian Nickelodeon. It was converted at some point to accept dimes only.
This piano was obtained  from Dana Johnson on the west coast,  having been purchased at the estate sale of Bud Hurlbut, April 2012.
Bud the creator of a number of amusement attractions.
So far it's a mystery exactly where this piano spent it's performing life.
The etched glass suggests, given Bud's association with Knott's Berry farm, that it was located there, as they had a steamboat, but so far no evidence supports it.
The Mandolin attachment is marked as being rebuilt in March 1980
This indicates the piano was on stage at least until sometime after March 1980
If anyone out there reading this has any information about this piano please contact me.



This photo shows this Seeburg Nickelodeon  (circled in yellow) at the Bud Hurlbut estate auction .

Restoration of the piano has begun, photos will follow, it has been a long road and is not yet completed as I write this.
Given the condition it received a lot of use.

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It Begins

The original art glass windows that were missing as seen above in the first photo, were found by Dana Johnson and supplied with the piano when purchased.
Though some pieces of glass were cracked, it was all there including the casting of the man in the boat on the right side.
I had to decide to leave them  alone as found or attempt to restore them myself or find someone else who could.
The glass was sent to Drehobl Bros in Chicago for them to restore. Drehobl Bros are the original manufacturers of the glass used in Seeburg pianos.
They are still in business and were able to replace the damaged glass pieces and restore the windows.


Here a few of the easier seen cracks are shown in the windows as received, when back lighted more cracks are view able.
No two sets of these windows are exactly alike because of differences in the glass itself, so the restored windows are slightly different.
Later the restored windows will be shown in the restored cabinet.

 
Here some cabinet closeups

  

Coin entry chute and  photo showing burning on door edge


 



Here a pattern to cut replacement veneer

Here the cabinet has been stripped ,lightly sanded and all repairs made, including veneer, it's ready for finish



Here the cabinet has been restored, stained/art glass repaired  and new better wheels installed

PIANO REPAIRS

The first major part of the piano, the action has been rejuvinated, completely rebuilt, including a repair to one casting on it, by Richard Bair.
It has been re-installed in the cabinet and aligned with the strings,
The mandolin rail has been re-done by me, new cloth, tabs, and installed. I used the method John Tuttle uses, see his video


This shows the registration of the hammers hitting the strings (chalk)  I used a punch to help make the space consistant when cutting.

I located a Seeburg / Emerson pancake motor which I retored to replace the incorrect motor the piano was received with..
See photos





Ready to go.