How is the Ampico B scale structured?

In 1913 there was the forerunner (Stoddard-Ampico), from 1920 on the mature Ampico A and from 1929 on the further development - the Ampico B. The Ampico B can be regarded as the last development stage of all reproduction instruments. In the book "Re-Enacting the Artist" Larry Givens writes about the Ampico B system: "With its fewer moving parts, its electric roll drive mechanism, its quieter pump and exhaust, its rapid-acting valves, and many other improvements and innovations the Model B Ampico cannot be considered anything less than the zenith of player piano development.

The scale of the Ampico A system has 100 holes in the note sliding block including the two track levers for track control.

The Ampico A scale has the following assignment (from left to right)

Hole 0: Pneumatic amplifier release

Hole 1: not used

Hole 2: Emphasis 2 Bass

Hole 3: Fortepedal (Right pedal)

Hole 4: Emphasis 4 Bass

Hole 5: Shutdown

Hole 6: Emphasis 6 Bass

Hole 7: Emphasis on bass Hole 2, 4 & 6 Suspension Bass Sub Intensity OO

Hole 8 to 90: 82 notes from B2 to a4

Hole 92: accentuation treble Hole 93,95 & 97 cancellation treble sub intensity OO

Hole 93: emphasis 6 treble

Hole 94: Fast crescendo treble

Hole 95: emphasis 4 treble

Hole 96: hammer strip (left pedal)

Hole 97: Emphasis 2 treble

Hole 98: Amplifier and crescendo pneumatics

Hole 00: Bass and treble sub intensity bellows on

Even though Ampico A was replaced by the even better Ampico B in 1929, Ampico A was the main product sold - and is still in great demand today. Certainly one of the most beautiful reproduction systems!

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