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Alternate Pinning Patterns

In addition to the Early Arrangements that are found for low numbered cobs (1-47+ and 101-234+), there are many cobs found with two or more different pinning patterns. Most of these are found in the same low number range of cobs that have early arrangements but there are a few found at higher numbers.

Alternate Pinning Patterns include:

  • Early Arrangements, often with additional Octave Notes.
  • A note for note or very similar arrangement with a different length layout. This results in the pin runs being shifted and the cobs are described as having a different “stretch”. This may also result if there is simply a different length pause on one of the cobs.
  • A cob with systematic differences in pin counts for some notes. Later production cobs seem to have more random errors in pin counts, that is; the first pin for a particular note is in the same place but the number of trailing pins is different. This may be due to a change in the production process but it is not believed to be due to a change in the pinning pattern.
  • A production error that is found on multiple cobs probably due to an error in the pinning pattern.
  • A cob originally having runs of very closely spaced or Crowded Single Pin Notes that is later modified by reducing the number of notes and increasing the spacing between the notes. These are most often found in cobs numbered in the 1000s and 1100s.

Although it is not known why all of the different pinning patterns were made, the fact that most of the changes occur in the low numbered cobs suggests that a production change may have required new pinning patterns for many of the earlier cobs.

The table below lists the cobs for which alternate pinning versions have been documented. Pictures comparing the different versions are found under the Photos link for the individual cob numbers. In the comparison photos, an attempt is made to show the cob versions in order, latest on the left, earliest on the right; however it is not always possible to be sure of the order. The different versions have been assigned letter designations. The letter designation “e” is reserved for the early alternate arrangement. The version without a letter designation is usually the latest or most common version.

Click here to see a list of low numbered cobs for which only one pinning pattern has been found and links to photos for comparison.

No. - NameVersionsPhotosComments
#1 - The Sweet Bye And Bye 1abcdefg Photos Three nearly identical versions
#2 - Nearer, My God, To Thee 2bcefg Photos
#3 - I Need Thee, Every Hour 3cfe Photos
#4 - From Greenland's Icy Mountains 4abe Photos
#5 - Duke Street 5ef Photos
#6 - Onward, Christian Soldiers 6ae Photos
#8 - Sweeping Through The Gates 8ae Photos
#9 - I'll Stand By Until the Morning 9, 9e Photos
#10 - The Shining Shore—Nelson 10, 10e Photos
#11 - Sicilian Hymn 11, 11e Photos
#12 - Hold the Fort 12ae Photos
#13 - Just as I Am 13, 13e Photos
#14 - America 14abe Photos
#15 - Antioch 15, 15e Photos
#16 - O to be Over Yonder 16, 16e Photos
#17 - What Hast Thou Done for Me 17, 17e Photos
#18 - He Leadeth Me 18, 18e Photos
#19 - I Love to tell The Story 19, 19a Photos
#20 - The Home over There 20ae Photos
#21 - Is My Name Written There 21, 21e Photos
#22 - Almost Persuaded 22ae Photos How were the different versions arranged?
#23 - Where is My Boy To-night 23abe Photos
#24 - Bringing in The Sheaves 24ae Photos
#25 - Let the Lower Lights be Burning 25ae Photos
#26 - Only an Armor Bearer 26, 26e Photos
#27 - I Will Sing of My Redeemer 27ae Photos
#28 - He Will Hide Me 28, 28e Photos
#29 - Pull for the Shore 29, 29e Photos
#30 - Precious Name 30, 30e Photos
#31 - Christmas 31, 31e Photos
#32 - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 32, 32e Photos
#34 - Hendon 34, 34a Photos Might be early?
#35 - Manoah 35, 35e Photos
#36 - Pleyel's Hymn 36, 36e Photos
#41 - I Hear Thy Welcome Voice 41, 41e Photos
#42 - Even Me 42, 42e Photos
#43 - Watchman, Tell Us of the Night 43, 43e Photos
#47 - Mozart 47, 47e Photos
#65 - What a Friend we have in Jesus 65, 65a Photos
#67 - Rock of Ages 67abc Photos
#69 - Beautiful Valley of Eden 69, 69a Photos
#72 - Pass Me Not 72, 72a Photos
#73 - Jesus, Lover of My Soul 73, 73a Photos
#77 - Midsommar-sang (Midsummer Hymn—Swedish) 77, 77a Photos
#85 - I am Praying for You 85, 85a Photos
#86 - More Love to Thee, O Christ 86, 86a Photos Crowded Single Pin Notes
#101 - Waltz—Les Roses 101ef Photos includes a Black Label Cobs version
#102 - Polka—La Bonne Bouche 102ae Photos
#103 - When the Swallows Homeward Fly 103, 103e Photos
#104 - The Blue Alsatian Mountains 104, 104e Photos
#105 - Waltz—Blue Violets 105, 105e Photos
#106 - The Soldier's Joy 106, 106e Photos
#107 - When the Leaves Begin to Fade 107, 107e Photos
#108 - Sweet Violets 108ef Photos includes a Black Label Cobs version
#109 - Marching Through Georgia 109abcdef Photos
#110 - Victoria Polonaise 110, 110e Photos includes a Black Label Cobs version
#111 - Waltz—My Queen 111ae Photos a good example of stretch
#112 - Old Uncle Ned 112, 112e Photos
#113 - Austrian National Hymn 113, 113e Photos
#115 - Climbing up the Golden Stairs 115ae Photos
#116 - Waltz—Good News 116, 116e Photos
#117 - Boccherini Minuet 117, 117e Photos
#118 - Meet Me in the Lovely Twilight 118, 118e Photos
#119 - Vienna Polka 119, 119a Photos Might be early?
#120 - Minuet—Bright Eyes 120, 120e Photos
#121 - Old Folks at Home 121ae Photos
#122 - Sailors' Hornpipe 122ae Photos
#123 - Home, Sweet Home 123abcdefgh Photos Cob Pinning 101
#124 - Marseillaise Hymn 124ae Photos
#125 - Chorus from I Puritani 125, 125e Photos
#126 - Auld Lang Syne 126, 126e Photos
#127 - Die Wacht am Rhine (The Watch on the Rhine—German) 127, 127e Photos
#128 - Die Lorelei (The Lorelei—German) 128, 128e Photos
#129 - In the Eye Abides the Heart 129, 129e Photos
#130 - The Hunter's March 130, 130e Photos
#131 - In the Gloaming 131, 131e Photos
#132 - The Dreamland Waltz 132, 132e Photos
#133 - Policemen's Chorus 133, 133e Photos
#134 - Marble Halls 134ae Photos Octave Notes added back in on late version
#135 - Annie of the Vale 135, 135e Photos
#136 - Bonnie Eloise 136, 136e Photos
#137 - Miserere, from Il Trovatore 137, 137e Photos
#138 - The Parade March 138ae Photos
#139 - Only to see Thee, Darling 139, 139e Photos
#140 - Ye Merry Birds 140, 140e Photos
#141 - Mignonette Polka 141, 141e Photos
#142 - Time will Roll the Clouds Away 142, 142e Photos
#143 - Chorus from Castor and Pollux 143, 143e Photos
#144 - Darling Nelly Gray 144ae Photos
#145 - Dora's Waltz 145, 145e Photos
#146 - Annie Laurie 146ef Photos Two very similar early versions
#147 - The Leap Year Waltz 147, 147e Photos Early version found 2/14
#148 - Thou Art so Near and Yet so Far 148, 148e Photos
#149 - The Last Rose of Summer 149, 149e Photos
#150 - Waltz—German Hearts 150ae Photos A very late version?
#151 - Alice Polka 151, 151e Photos
#152 - See Saw Waltz 152ae Photos
#153 - Polka—On the Wing 153, 153e Photos
#154 - O Ye Tears! 154, 154e Photos
#155 - The Beautiful Blue Danube 155, 155e Photos
#156 - Listen to The Mocking Bird 156abce Photos
#157 - Then You'll Remember Me 157, 157e Photos
#158 - Annen Waltz, from "Nanon" 158, 158e Photos
#159 - Tyroler and Child 159, 159e Photos
#160 - Flowers That Bloom (Mikado) 160, 160a Photos
#161 - The Blue Bells of Scotland 161ae Photos
#162 - Du, Du, Liegst Mir im Herzen (You, You, Nearest My Heart—German) 162, 162e Photos
#163 - The Wearing of the Green 163, 163e Photos
#164 - The Campbells are Coming 164, 164e Photos
#165 - The Minstrel Boy 165, 165e Photos
#166 - The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane 166ae Photos
#167 - It's Funny When You Feel That Way 167, 167e Photos
#168 - "La Mascotte" Quadrilles—I 168, 168a Photos Might be early?
#169 - "La Mascotte" Quadrilles—II 169, 169e Photos two completely different tunes
#170 - "La Mascotte" Quadrilles—III 170, 170e Photos
#172 - "La Mascotte" Quadrilles—V 172, 172e Photos
#173 - Darling Bessie of the Lea 173e Photos late version not yet found
#174 - The Guards' Waltz 174, 174e Photos
#175 - Rhine Wine Charley 175, 175e Photos
#176 - The Witches' Carnival 176e Photos late version not yet found
#179 - Laura Waltz, No.1 179, 179e Photos
#180 - Laura Waltz, No.2 180e Photos late version not yet found
#181 - Brucker Lager Marsch 181, 181e Photos
#183 - The Flyaway Galop 183, 183e Photos
#185 - Plantation Galop 185e Photos late version not yet found
#186 - Oft in The Stilly Night 186e Photos late version not yet found
#187 - Dearest May 187e Photos late version not yet found
#188 - Back to Our Mountains 188e Photos late version not yet found
#189 - The Sailor Boy's Reel 189, 189a Photos Might be early?
#190 - Yankee Doodle 190abe Photos
#191 - White Wings 191ae Photos
#194 - The Golden Slippers 194, 194e Photos
#196 - Waltz Song, "Love Comes" 196, 196e Photos
#197 - Polka—Ah There! 197, 197a Photos
#199 - Promenade Quickstep 199, 199e Photos
#200 - "Gay Life" Quadrilles—I 200, 200e Photos
#201 - "Gay Life" Quadrilles—II 201, 201e Photos
#202 - "Gay Life" Quadrilles—III 202, 202e Photos
#203 - "Gay Life" Quadrilles—IV 203, 203e Photos
#204 - "Gay Life" Quadrilles—V 204, 204e Photos
#205 - Dixie 205ae Photos
#206 - Waltz—Till we Meet Again 206, 206e Photos
#207 - The Arkansas Traveler 207, 207e Photos
#209 - The Kiss Waltz 209, 209e Photos
#212 - When You and I Were Young 212, 212e Photos
#213 - College Hornpipe 213, 213e Photos
#216 - The Zigzag Clog 216, 216e Photos
#217 - Medley Jig 217ae Photos
#218 - Svensk National sang (Swedish National Hymn—Swedish) 218, 218e Photos
#221 - Galop—A Day in Vienna 221, 221e Photos
#222 - Gen. Boulanger's March 222, 222e Photos
#224 - Wait Till the Clouds Roll by 224, 224e Photos
#226 - Bring Back My Bonnie to Me 226, 226e Photos
#229 - Tramp, Tramp, Tramp 229, 229e Photos
#230 - Don't Be Angry With Me, Darling 230, 230e Photos
#232 - Johnnie, Get Your Hair Cut 232, 232e Photos
#234 - Waltz—Cricket on the Hearth 234, 234e Photos
#246 - The Irish Washerwoman 246, 246a Photos
#247 - The Devil's Dream 247ab Photos
#253 - The Spanish Cavalier 253ab Photos
#273 - The Star Spangled Banner 273, 273a Photos
#297 - St. Patrick's Day 297, 297a Photos
#335 - Little Annie Rooney (Waltz Song) 335, 335a Photos
#617 - God be With You 617, 617a Photos
#1024 - March of the Men of Harlech (Welsh) 1024, 1024a Photos a rare cob with two very different arrangements
#1058 - Just Tell Them That You Saw Me 1058, 1058a Photos Crowded Single Pin Notes
#1069 - My Old Kentucky Home 1069, 1069a Photos First version does not use the six highest notes
#1073 - Gamle Norge (Old Norway—Norwegian) 1073, 1073a Photos Crowded Single Pin Notes
#1080 - Vaarsang (Spring Song—Norwegian) 1080, 1080a Photos Crowded Single Pin Notes
#1083 - Hot Time in the Old Town 1083, 1083a Photos
#1086 - There'll Come a Time 1086, 1086a Photos Crowded Single Pin Notes
#1090 - On the Banks of the Wabash 1090, 1090a Photos Crowded Single Pin Notes
#1100 - Sunny Side Clog 1100, 1100a Photos
#1103 - Bolero from Fencing Master 1103, 1103a Photos Highest no. with a different arrangement
#1130 - Dolly Grey 1130, 1130a Photos Crowded Single Pin Notes
 
 
 

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