Odeola Player Piano Action (French)
by John Tuttle (MMD 010123)

Most American player technicians rarely get to see player mechanisms that were made in foreign countries.  Recently I've been corresponding with a gentleman in France who provided me with some pictures of the French-made Odeola player action.

Although this may sound a little odd, I find the action very handsome, and it appears to have been very well built.  Notable differences that I can see so far include (1) a four-chamber air-motor, (2) striker fingers that are sandwiched between the first and second tiers of striker pneumatics, and (3) the tempo control box is mounted on the upper section.

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23 January 2001