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Excelsior Symphony parts

landro

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I recently purchased an Excelsior Symphony (US made from the 50`s) at an attractive price and maybe so since I knew it was missing the mute assembly. Personally , I don`t find a real need for the mute but I would never have removed it either.
Does anyone know if , or where I could ever hope to find an assembly to fit . I`m also wondering if most or all excelsior mutes made in this time period are the same?
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JIM D.

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Hi Landro: I had a US made Sordina for a 50's Excelsior in my spares but sold it 5 months ago. As for if they were all the same well , no. This is because during the middle 40's to 1950 some US made Symphony's had Italian parts and assembled in the US. While the US and imported Sordina's were basically the same, they differed on how they fastened to the treble section and how the shift machine was fastened to it. If necessary an import Sordina can be fitted to box that had US parts and vise versa, with some hand fitting and labor. If your Excelsior has a chrome plate on the top rear of the treble keyboard that reads made in Italy and assembled in the US, chances are your box had an Import Sordina.
 

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JIM D. said:
Hi Landro: I had a US made Sordina for a 50s Excelsior in my spares but sold it 5 months ago. As for if they were all the same well , no. This is because during the middle 40s to 1950 some US made Symphonys had Italian parts and assembled in the US. While the US and imported Sordinas were basically the same, they differed on how they fastened to the treble section and how the shift machine was fastened to it. If necessary an import Sordina can be fitted to box that had US parts and vise versa, with some hand fitting and labor. If your Excelsior has a chrome plate on the top rear of the treble keyboard that reads made in Italy and assembled in the US, chances are your box had an Import Sordina.

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