On occasion I have used chamois *backed* by a thin cow-hide. This surface should dry completely before making up a new joint. For the hinges, you need a heavy cow-hide of nominal 1/16" thickness. Once again, it is *imperative* that these be kept in order. 2. Thirty-five years ago, the Reed Organ Society officially added "Inc." to its name and was legally incorporated in New York State as a non-profit, educational, cultural organization. [Ye Gods: there's 61 (see note) of all those little thingies! A *single*. Lift the tip of each spring and place it *alongside* of its valve, resting on the soundboard. Old screws were manufactured using a machining process; their threads are sharply cut, and the edges of flat-heads are also sharp and well-defined. Jim Tyler wrote the following article that will help you through your restoration - be sure to read it first and then reference back to it throughout your first restoration. Due to the wedging action of the counter-sunk portion of a flat-head screw, splitting is the most common result of over-tightening flat-head screws, whereas crushing the wood under the head is the typical result of over-tightening a round-head screw. Then place the reed on the glass plate over the pot of water held *just* at boiling. The frequency of this oscillation is independent of the frequency of the reed vibration; it corresponds roughly to … of steel, and sometimes plated with zinc. I find it convenient to do these in batches of a dozen as an aid to keeping them in their original order. But if you need a *row* of tacks, you're doing something wrong! The objective is to make the spaces *between* the key fronts as uniform as possible in appearance. It is *very* difficult to re-assemble a jumble of keys that have been dumped in a box. Chemically, this solution results in the production of hydrochloric acid, and around any given grain of salt, the concentration of this can become so great as to create pits in the brass. Collapse a spring firmly in your hand and withdraw it. Instruments with a 6 octave keyboard and nearly identical stop list appear in the Reed Organ Society database: number 350 dated 1904, 675, 1624 dated 1906, 2381 dated 1896 with very similar fretwork, 3496 dated 1899 with similar fretwork below keys, This is a heavy item and will require proper safe loading into a suitable vehicle. Old screws were fashioned from plain iron, or from brass. The Aeolian Grand Player Reed Organ was the first keyboard-type player reed organ to be sold in quantity. Rebend the tabs on the underside into the wood as they were originally. An entire treatise could. I find ordinary household ammonia both cheap and effective: get the kind that does NOT contain detergent. Have ready also some flat boards which will cover the ribs, and some fairly heavy weights: bricks, old window weights, whatever, and have your glue hot and ready. present some of the variations likely to be found, I can't cover the dozens of possibilities "out there". Once again, cabretta is excellent for mute leather. The OHS Pipe Organ Data­base has a new home. Next, apply glue to the end of the exhauster cover, and pull the cloth up into position, leaving the ends to "flop around": the correct position of the cloth allows space for the rib to lie flat on the inside when the exhauster is closed. Measure the length of a typical member of each group, and note by number how many valves have that length, and jot down a little table, which might look something like this: Notes Length, inches (cm, micropalmas, or whatever) 1-13 3.25 14-25 2.875 26-40 2.5 41-61 2.25. The shorter the time, the poorer the work was done, and it will be necessary to treadle rapidly to get the organ to play satisfactorily. Assuming you removed the stop rail earlier, you will now see the keys. While shipping is free in the US via donation because of the availability of Media Mail rates, ROS is not able to furnish free shipping outside the US. A particular challenge in this regard is the coupler mechanism (assuming your organ has one). A keyboard feels "shallow" if the drop is much less than 3/8 inch, and feels "deep" if much more than that. The task of cutting all those strips of felt and leather may seem daunting, but on most production instruments it was done in a really simple way. The organ may just need a good cleaning and a few adjustments. "I Surrender All" is a hymn that was written by Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter. After all, a reed organ action is only a pneumatic cross-bar switch: the keys (on or off) are the switches, the mutes are the cross-bars. 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