Hi all, Kim Bunker here from www.playerpianos.com. We are announcing
a breakthrough to the player repair business. After 25 years of
testing we now have a reliable alternative to hide glue.
Hide glue has been used and has always been the tradition of the
rebuilding of players and pneumatic drive systems for many years.
It has the tendency to crystallize after being subjected to hot and
cold weather over a period of 10 years or so. This causes leaks in
seals throughout the instrument. This becomes noticeable when the
player begins to take more effort to pump or apply more vacuum.
We researched and discovered that the correct measure of special wood
glues and rubber cement, formulated properly, created a much more
durable, waterproof and lasting bond then ever could be done with hide
glue. Now it became waterproof and rubberized in its seal and would
never crystallize again.
This bond also became easier when doing repairs, as we discovered in
a few cases when pulling off the glued bellows and pneumatic cloth of
a restoration after five years. All we had to do was clean the cloth
we originally used of the this new player piano glue and scrape the
rest off of the wood until it was clean (without sanding), then reapply
a new coat of the Player Piano Glue. Next re-attach the cloth as if it
Remember, the cleaner your wood surface is, the better the application.
When this Player Piano Glue cures it stays elastic indefinitely until
removed. If you glue something like a pneumatic and it was improperly
done, the cloth can be removed easily; the surface can be scraped
cleaned and then just reapplied. With this glue, unlike hide glue,
it's easier to work with and cleanup. You'll find that its drying time
is faster than hide glue (five to ten minuets to set up).
This Player Piano Glue has been tested for over twenty-five years in
the restoration of many types of player pianos and pneumatic driven
instruments. We discovered its plausibility in many areas where the
application will work in gluing to a clean wood surface, like bellows,
pneumatics and motor cloth. Many other uses work just as well, like
valves and pouches and to glue pneumatics to the stack, etc.
Our desire to improve our performance in this field of player piano
restoration lead us to discover it after working with the tried and true
hide glue and going back to jobs we have rebuilt many years earlier
with the this Player Piano Glue.
This product will be available from our web site November 1st, 2005.
It will be sold in 8-ounce bottles and be offered with an applicator