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Player Piano Rebuilding - Glue, etc
By Robin Pratt

Hi,(This is in response to a letter from a new young rebuilder/collector who contacted me on line.)

Hi Damon66, In response to your questions: If ivory is in good all means leave it alone. If tired and chipped by a large %age, then replacement with plastic, installed by professionals, is fine. I can let you know names of people who do this.
You should use only animal hide hot glue made from glue crystals and heated after mixing with water in a glue pot.. One can be inexpensively made by using a Kmart porpourri electric heater and one that comes with a top already with the hole in the middle. Wood glues of the cold type should ONLY BE USED FOR APPLICATIONS WHERE YOU WILL NEVER...NEVER...NEVER WANT TO TAKE THOSE PARTS APART AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOT IT??? Hide glue(Heated type, not glue gun type) can be broken apart to rebuild in the future, but if you glue with Elmers etc, the wood breaks before the glue joint. Get it? If you or someone in the future wishes to access the parts to rebuild when the bellows cloth gets crisp (just like you're doing now), you must be able to break the glue joint and not deintegrate the wood itself.
THIS IS IMPORTANT. You will learn how to use the hot hide glue and find it is VERY EASY to work with after a short time of experimemnting. This is covered in the Art Reblitz books, by the way. You may get them from the library, Both of them, if your parents won't pop for them. Perfect for B-days and Xmas, don't forget. Good luck. Robin (PIANOLA)

PS By the way have you tried the automatic music group "On-Line" yet? You can apply by "subscribing " to An interesting and fun as well as knowledgable group. See ya.

(Message sent Tue 27 Jun 1995, 04:11:41 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  etc, Glue, Piano, Player, Rebuilding

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