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Piano Servicing and Rebuilding
By Arthur Reblitz
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THE WHOLE SITE
ORDERS: We will NOT ship most liquids with other piano items.
If they break open, everything could be ruined. We ship liquids only by surface mail.
Pin treatment is the exception, but it must be alone in the carton.
Rule for this section:
These products are listed in other areas of the catalog. The rule is that whichever
price is the highest applies. Thanks for understanding
Part Description: Part Number Price
Plastic Glue for Nylon Pneumatic Material
Excellent for pump organ and player pneumatics bellows material to wood.
Use also to glue felt and leather in place. Can be thinned 20% with water.
4 oz bottle PGL-4 $5.00
8 oz bottle PGL-8 $8.00
Pint PGL-16 $ 14.00
Glue Tape-- 50' roll of glue film--actually a layer of glue between two protective
layers. No need for clamping. Trimming blade and instructions included. FC001 $ 15.00
HIGH TACK FISH GLUE
This wonderful glue has properties that are very similar to ground hide glue
except that it does not require heating. It tacks quickly and remains water soluble
when dry. It is freeze-thaw stable and can be shipped year round.
4 oz bottle CL100-4 $6.00
8 oz bottle CL100-8 $10.00
Pint CL100-16 $18.00
Plugs that are 1 3/8" diam. and 1 1/4" long. Can be melted with a
soldering iron to seal parts together. This is used, along with animal hige glue,
by professionals to seal and glue player parts so that years later the player
mechanism can be rebuild without having to be nearly destroye in disassembly. DA1039 $ 3.75 ea.
For sealing wood. Dries clear and seals the smallest holes and cracks or pin
holes 100% with just one application. Can be brushed or poured and drained.
It is strongly recommended that any internal wood surfaces which faces the
vacuum channels in the player action be recoated with this. Phenoseal is slightly
plastic and will stretch and contract with humidity conditions without cracking or
pulling away original shellac or varnish sealers. Phenoseal will stick over the
original sealer. It remains tacky, so do NOT use it to coat a surface that a valve
will seat on.
8 ounces DA326 $ 15.30
Animal Hide Glue-
Terribly politically incorrect, but it sure works great
This glue is highly
recommended for gluing
bellows cloth to wood pieces in player pianos.
Also, use it on all wood and felt parts where you
wish to leave the possibility of dismantling in future
years. This glue is specially designed for use in
glue pots. Must be dissolved in hot water.
One pound package SH399-1/2 $ 14.75
Glue pot no longer available
USING HOT ANIMAL HIDE GLUE
If you are doing only one piano, you can heat the animal hide glue in an improvised double boiler. Don't use your wife's because the thing will be ruined.
Put the amount of glue in the electric glue pot or your double boiler which will do the job as far as you can tell. Fill the thing next with enough cold water to cover the glue crystals to one quarter inch above the glue. Soak the glue inthe correct amount of water overnight. Heat slowly and stir as it heats. If you improvise, you MUST have a thermometer to make sure you don't overheat it. The working temperature must be at 135 to 145 degrees F.
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
LUBE, TEFLON POWDER, GRAPHITE, AND OTHER PIANO GLUES AND LUBRICANTS
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