Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info
MMD > Archives > May 2005 > 2005.05.06 > 08Prev  Next

The Curse of Perflex
By Randolph Herr

Practically everyone in our field has heard of the nightmare that
Perflex caused a few decades back.  Basically, this new plastic film was
touted as the perfect pouch material: it was perfectly airtight,
perfectly flexible, and lasted forever.  Well,  reality reared its ugly
head a few years later when  the  Perflex  began to  fail, and some
instruments that had been  rebuilt  at a cost of  thousands of
dollars -- including massive church  organs -- needed  to be rebuilt all
over again.  Of course, that was back in the 60's and 70's, and a lot of
people got so disgusted, justifiably, with newfangled, space age
materials that I am not aware of any other synthetic material ever
being  offered again.

We have come a long way since then, scientifically speaking, and I am
certain that there must be a plastic film out there that will be fine
for pouches. If a plastic film could be found, then we would have the
perfect airtightness and perfect flexibility, that would make these
pouches out-perform any leather.  Obviously, any material suggested for
this use should be laboratory tested to avoid another Perflex disaster.
I have heard that it was the air pollution that destroyed the Perflex,
but this is just anecdotal.

Two plastics that seem worthy of testing are good old-fashioned Saran
Wrap which has been around for many decades, and the second is this new
type of plastic wrapping used by movers and shippers.  Objects can be
wrapped in it, and because the plastic clings to itself, it will never
unwrap itself, yet a person can easily remove it without sticky tape
residue on anything.  Naturally, any plastic material will have to be
sold as pre-made pouches glued to a paper ring so that the dip is
uniform, and it can easily be glued to, and removed from, wood.

Any suggestions out there?

Randolph Herr

(Message sent Fri 6 May 2005, 17:31:12 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Curse, Perflex

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2019 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page

. .