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Music Box Restorers
By Bill Wineburgh

Re: Repining Music Box Tips and Dampers

Melinda:  You asked about repairing tips and dampering for a potential
music box purchase.

There are methods for doing these repairs, but they do require some
technique and, if they are done without any guidance, could lead to
problems with the musical comb rendering it unplayable.

There are techniques described in a number of books about repairing
musical boxes, such as by Arthur Ord-Hume and Roy Mosoriak, that if
followed, could allow you to do these repairs yourself.  If you choose
to do this, I would very strongly recommend that you first buy a 'junk'
comb and practice these techniques well.

There are a number of professional restorers in the US, one of the
resides in North Carolina and several are in other states that are not
that far away.

Here are some professional restorers, in alphabetical order.

Dave & Carol Beck
Newnan, GA

Christian & Kathleen Eric
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 548-1542

Nancy Fratti
Whitehall, NY

Georg Paladics
Green Cove, FL
(904) 284-2724

John Paulo
New Bedford, MA
(508) 992-6919

Chet Ramsay
Coatesville, PA
(610) 384-0514

Steve & Jere Ryder
Summit, NJ
(908) 273-1513

Reg Smith
Athen, GA

David Wells
Lakewood, CO

Dan Wilson
Raleigh, NC
(919) 782-4331

Best of luck with your new musical box, should you decide to buy it.
If not, let us know about it and its whereabouts.  Perhaps another
MMD'er would wish to buy it.

Musically yours,

Bill Wineburgh

(Message sent Thu 17 Dec 1998, 02:36:23 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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