Seeburg Scissors Pump Belt Variations

Round belt pump drive in an early A roll piano.

(Photo from c. 1913 Seeburg instruction brochure)

Round belt in an early A roll piano. The angle of the belt as it approaches the motor shows that it is crossed between the pump and motor pulleys, with the motor running counterclockwise to drive the pump clockwise. Most early Seeburgs have been refitted with V-belts today, and the motors have been reversed to run clockwise, easily accomplished by reversing the leads for the start winding on the motor binding posts. (Seeburg A #19,531, made in 1913.)

Unusual chain drive in 1914 Seeburg Orchestrion.

(Photograph courtesy of Art Reblitz)

Unusual chain drive in Seeburg L Orchestra #61,120, made in 1914. With links resembling bicycle chain on the sides, the inner pieces are pointed fiber teeth instead of steel rollers for quieter operation. The author has seen these only in Seeburg styles G, H, and L Orchestra.

Flat leather belt and spring-loaded idler pulley in a 1916 Seeburg orchestrion.

(Photograph courtesy of Art Reblitz)

Flat leather belt and spring-loaded idler pulley in Seeburg small style J #11,129, made in 1916. Only a few Seeburgs with flat belts are known.

A v-belt drive is the most common type used in most styles of Seeburg coin pianos.

(Photograph courtesy of Art Reblitz)

The v-belt is the most common type of belt in most styles of Seeburgs with scissors pumps, and all Seeburgs with rotary pumps.  (Seeburg G #12,312, made in 1920.)