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Re: Perflex and the Horror Movies
By Larry Chace, forwarded by Karl Petersen

Tom Reefer recently suggested [on the PIPORG-L list]an interesting movie plot about Perflex (the synthetic leather substitute from the 1970s that showed much promise but then failed miserably after a dozen years in use). Some (long) time ago, we had a posting here on PIPORG-L about how Perflex's formula got changed by the chemical company that produced it. The original batch is *still* in use in some instruments today. The production batches, however, were modified (to cut costs) and that formulation was a disaster. Sadly, the material worked well for about 12 years and then would suddenly disintegrate. We also were told that Austin (and other organ builders) lost a great deal of money replacing failed Perflex pneumatics, even beyond the normal warranty periods. In such a case, it might be unfair for the movie to portray "evil organists and Austin collaborationists"; "evil chemists" would be ok, however!

Larry Chace (

Probably "evil marketing squeezers" who got the chemists to dumb-down the recipe. The manufacturer has changed the name of the material and sold off the division, and I could not even find the "good" replacement material this year! But then, who would ever let me try to use it in anything they wanted to keep?

Karl Petersen

(Message sent Mon 15 Jan 1996, 01:46:15 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Horror, Movies, Perflex

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