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Piano Servicing and Rebuilding
By Arthur Reblitz
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EXHAUSTIVE WORD INDEX OF THE WHOLE SITE:
PUMP (REED) ORGAN SUPPLIES--
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Part Description: Part Number Price
Extend the life of the bellows material:
Allow the bellows to hang at rest as you clean away excess material and glue. Let it close naturally as the vacuum is applied for the first time.
The best player makers in the past would glue a felt bushing, such as a center rail bushing, inside the bellows to prevent it from ever completely closing, even during assembly.
100 felt bushings:
reason for this is that if the rubberized cloth creases from completely closing,
it will set a tight fold and do all its future hinging, or folding, at that sharp
line. This will reduce the life of the rubberized cloth by two thirds.
Rubberized Cloth for Motors, Large Pneumatics, and
Governors- .012 thick
53 inches wide-- per yard
Black inside, Wine outside-- 100% cotton nainsook bonded to natural rubber SH652 $ 126.00 yd.
Rubberized Cloth- 100% cotton nainsook bonded to natural rubber
For individual Key Bellows- .008 thick- 45" wide sheet- per yard SS220 $ 75.00 yd
Nylon Sheeting Rubberized
Cloth- Coated with polyurethane
60 inches wide and approx. .004 thick. Very thin-- Can order fractions of yards.
Very flexible, very durable. Wine colored.
Must use PVC glue SH387 see down the page SH668 $ 25.00 / yd.
Bellows Cloth- Heavy double thickness. Bonded with natural rubber
Black cotton twill outside, white cotton flannel inside. For pumps, reservoirs, etc.
This cloth is very stiff & is best used in conjunction with an electric vacuum pump.
59 inches wide, approx. .054 thick DA55 $ 99.00 / yd
Player Bellows Cloth- Double textured black drill cloth with rubber center.
For reservoirs and pumps. Best used when player is foot pumped. 58" wide,
approx. .045 thick. SO330 $120.00 / yd
Medium Thickness Bellows Cloth-
Cotton drill with natural rubber center.
Also, possibly used for pipe organ bellows, player mid sized pneumatics
56 inches wide, Approx. .030 inches thick SO320 $ 90.00 / yd.
Reed Organ Bellows Cloth- Cotton drill
with natural rubber center,
For reed organ bellows reservoirs, etc. 56 inches wide Approx .030 inches thick.
If you buy only one yard, you will have to cut and piece to do one bellows on most
organs. This is NOT a good idea. DA56 $ 88 / yd.
Organ Money Saver
Only doing one Reed Organ Bellows? 84" by 28" sheet of DA56
Be VERY sure your bellows can be covered-- Most organs will take this size. DA1054 $ 110.00
3/8 inch or 5/8 inch wide medium weight white woven tape. For pneumatics,
pouch-pneumatic hinges, reservoir folds, and as tie cord in reaching pipe organs.
5' length; specify width. DA675 $ 4.50
USES FOR THESE PRODUCTS:
These rubberized cloth products have many applications in your shop.
Old timey hinges can be made with heavy material. Make sure you have
some scrap. Store is in a sealed container in case it is years before you
find a use for it.
FOR ALL APPLICATIONS
Used in Player Pianos and Pump, or Reed, Organs
--We have a new line of pneumatic, valve and gusset leathers, available by the skin.
Also, pneumatic leather in thicknesses from .008" to .026" can be ordered in 6" x 12"
pieces. See our listing below, and feel free to call if you have questions.
---Felt & Leather valves: with or without center hole, you specify the thickness & diameter.
Also can be custom cut in pieces to your specification.
We have three different choices for pneumatic leather. All are available in the following thicknesses:
Thin .010" - .012"
Medium .013"- .017"
Heavy .017" - .021"
ALL sizes are available only by the skin or in 6" x 12" piece.(Skins average about 6-8 sq/ft) Price of 6" x 12" piece is $24.95.
African Hairsheep - imported & then chrome tanned in the US. Undyed, light gray color;
available in black for $1 extra per sq/ft SC-PL1 $21.95 sq/ft
Aeolian/Morton Style - African hairsheep; chrome tanned, dyed maroon, then put through a heat
process which seals the pores to reduce air porosity through the skin.. Very supple & pliable leather. SC-ML2 $23.95 sq/ft
Tan Hairsheep - Processed exactly the same as the Morton style leather, but in the traditional
tan (Brown Havana) color. SC-TL 3 $23.95 sq/ft
Maroon and Tan leathers are available in XXX Thin (.005" -.007") 6" x 12" pieces for clock restorers SC-XXXTH $24.95/piece
Zephyr Skins-- Feather weight-- Usually used for pouches
and small pneumatics
Known for having a very long life under constant flexing.
Made of thin intestinal membrane of animals and expanded to be very thin.
Light, strong and flexible. Approx. 7" by 20"-- About .002 inches thick SH670 $ 66.00 each
Goatskin Tanned Gusset Leather
Soft and pliable so that it stretches and conforms to the corners of the resevoir.
Available in 3 thicknesses: Thin (.030"), Medium (.040"), and Heavy (.050")
Skins average 4 to 6 square feet for thin to 8 to 12 feet for heavy. Minimum order is one skin. SC-GL4 $ 15.95 sq/ft.
Goatskin Valve Leather
Imported Spanish Goatskin, chrome tanned in the US. Double buffed for a velvety soft suede side and a de-glossed grain side for strong adhesion. Three thicknesses: .030", .040", .050". Available only by the skin. Skins average 7-12 sq/ft SC-GVL5 $ 16.95 sq/ft.
Chrome Tanned Packing Leather
Soft clean cow hides, dyed brown. Sold in partial skins averaging 7-16 square feet. SC-CL6 $ 10.25 sq/ft.
Split Suede Gasket Leather
Chrome tanned African Hairsheep with the grain side split away. Economical soft leather great for gaskets.
Available by the skin (skins average 4-6 sq/ft.). We usually stock this, so you can get smaller amounts by request. SC-SSL7 $6.00 sq/ft
Bellows Flap Valve
.065" to .085" thick with hard finish one side and fine smooth valve surface
on the other. For inside and outside pedal pump flaps. 7" by 12" DA164 $ 17.50 each
Leather Pouches Pre-Punched
Pouches are available punched to order from any of the three pneumatic leathers listed above. Price depends on
diameter and choice of leather. (Morton leather is 10% more.) Basic price for 1" to 1 5/8" diam. pouches is $1.05 each; any quantity.
Leather Valve Facings
Valve facings can be ordered in any quantity by specifying diameter, inner hole diam. (if any), and thickness.
Price depends on diameter and hole size. 5/16" hole is standard; other sizes are 20 cents extra each. Prices begin at
$0.65 each for 1/2" diam. punching with standard hole.
Lubricant and Conditioners
Known as neatsfoot oil, these oils recondition, waterproof, and preserve leather.
Made of rendered feet and shin bones of cattle. Hard to find.
Not for hot area application. Use to recondition and extend the life of leather
bellows and parts in player pianos and reed organs. I have not idea what this
would do for player valves. It might save aging Zephyr leather.
Also, very useful for maintaining quality work boots and old book covers
and anything made of leather. To save an old Bible, rub in Neatsfoot Oil, allow
to dry for a couple days, rub in and shine with shoe polish the color of the cover,
and finish off with Armoral and rub off excess. The cover will look like new.
32 ounce squeeze bottle SM1900 $18.50
Mink Oil Paste
A natural by-product of soften and preserve smooth leather.
Tanned leather loses its oils in the process and needs natural oils added to
maintain supple qualities. This product is absorbed INTO the leather. Petroleum
based products will eventually evaporate. Mink oil has an indefinite shelf life.
Massage in and wipe excess off in about ten minutes. Excellent for treating
leather pouches and gaskets.
6 ounce jar DA1705 $ 8.00
USES FOR THESE PRODUCTS:
These leather products have many applications in the shop of a "fix it man".
I make sure I have some scrap left over when doing work with leather and
rubberized cloth for those odd situations when these products will solve a
repair problem. Keep leather in a sealed container of plastic bag. Moths and
other critters love it.
Covering Jig-- A simple aluminum jig.
Adjustable from 5/8 inch to 1 3/8 inches. Complete with 6 pages of illustrated
instructions. Instructions cover removal of old material and replacement of new.
See the graphic near the bottom of the page in the Vacuum Pump area.
Prepared by an experienced player piano specialist. DA476 $ 50.00
Soft Rubber Sheeting-
1/32 inch, 12 inches wide-- Priced per running foot DA736 $ 6.50 per foot
Pure fine-grind dense cork- 12" by 36" by 1/16" SM205 $ 12.25 ea.
Cork - Rubber Mix Gasket
1/16 inch thick by 4 inches by 36 inches DA401 $ 7.85 ea.
1/16 inch thick by 9 inches by 36 inches DA408 $ 18.00 ea.
1/16 inch thick by 12 inches by 36 inches SM206 $ 23.50 ea.
Cell sponge Neoprene
Softer than leather, completely air tight, and uniform thickness. The latest thing for
vertical valve replacement. Just reglue the valvee stem to new combination valve
made with two punghings of sponge neoprene, seperated by fiber of metal valve
base disk. Part Number DA320 glue recommended (see below).
1/16" by 12" Priced per foot DA751 $ 4.45 per foot
5/8" wide by 150 inches long- .070 inches thick- Scarlet DA1439 $ 14.00
Paper Gasket Material
Minimum Order-- Four Sheets. There is NO return and no refund on this item.
Approximately 20 by
30 inches and .020 thick. This material is used to assemble
wooden vacuum chambers and wind chests in player pianos and reed organs.
Used along with other gasket material, or alone, the blotter paper is wet with water,
and when the wood parts are assembled, the wet paper will fill imperfect grain in
the wood to better prevent leaks after the paper dries. DABlotter $ 7.85 per sheet
CUT CORK GASKETS READY TO USE -
Save yourself a lot of trouble.
USES FOR THESE PRODUCTS:
This gasket material is often very useful in automotive repair. The neoprene is oil resistant.
I find that the use of silicone glues in automotive applications is often less than satisfying.
The old fashioned use of cork and rubber gives a better base for sealing. Do be aware
that this material does not crush as much as silicone if you have tolerance issues.
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