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Rebuilding Baldwin Manualo Exhauster Bellows
By David Dewey

Okay; second question: I'm about to rebuild the pumping bellows from
a Baldwin Manualo.  These have been rebuilt before, about 20 years
ago, but the hinges on the pumping bellows failed and the cloth tore.

I notice there are thick felt pads (2-1/4" x 1/2", 3/4" thick) glued
on the outside of the bellows cloth to keep them from closing fully.
I can't imagine these being original, especially since they are pieces
of felt glued together to get that thickness.  Any suggestions?

Also, should these bellow have stiffening cardboard on them?  I haven't
taken the cloth off yet, but it feels like there is some there.  Any
suggestions?  Especially I wonder if I should reinforce the pumping
bellows hinges, since that's where these failed.  The rest of the piano
appears to have been well rebuilt.

David Dewey

P.S.: I've done many players, but this is my first Manualo.
(How did I manage that all these years?)

(Message sent Tue 10 Apr 2012, 19:09:58 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Baldwin, Bellows, Exhauster, Manualo, Rebuilding

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