Re: Sources of Repair Materials
By Don Teach
|Bruce Clark mentioned materials. The worst experiences concerning pneumatic cloth was several years ago. There was a batch of cloth that hardened within a few years. Dave Ramey really had fits with it. He had to rebuild several banjos and a Cremona J. Schaff and Player Piano Co. both have cloth from Australia now that seems to be very good. Ramey buys his leather from a leather supply house in Chicago and Reblitz buys his in Denver.|
I actually have had some lucky days at the local Tandy leather shop. Finding leather belting for Coinola and other nickelodeons has been a problem. I now have to go to Dallas to a leather shop that sells to shoe repairmen. It would be nice if Player Piano Co. put it back in their catalog. Does anybody at PPC read the MMD? Hey Craig clue them in.
Some of my other favorite suppliers are:
Star Wood Finishing Supply
360 Shore Drive
Hinsdale, IL 60521 1-800-323-5390
Organ Supply Industries
P.O. Box 1165
Erie, PA 16512 814-864-3011
You might check the area code since Ma Bell seems to be changing them every other week. Organ Supply has the valve wire stock to make Cremona valves and others. They also have the tension springs for Wurlitzer valve blocks. They can also duplicate pipes for your machine.
Rt. 4 P.O. Box 210
Whitehall, N.Y. 12887
For your music box needs
I mentioned McMaster-Carr Supply Company in the past. They also have the fibre board stock material to make Seeburg and Standard action valves. We punch out our own valves with Osbourn punches. We are a distributor for them. (Thought I might sneak in a little plug for us.)
340 Snyder Avenue
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Has blank decal paper that you can print your own artwork on with a laser printer, office copier, or ink-jet. This product is new again in their catalog. The first time it was offered there were problems with some printers. If it works them it will be real handy. I had a local print shop make me some Nelson-Wiggen decals for the inside of the clear glass window. EXPENSIVE way to go. (I have some left over)
In this business of restoring nickelodeons I enjoy making missing parts more that just about anything. It is a challenge to duplicate a part. I have made the cornice pieces for the top of Seeburg K post and most recently have been making the acid etched brass control plates and name plate for nickelodeons.
I am surprised Jeffery Morgan hasn't found this site. I would like to see Angelo Rulli and Robin Pratt mention again in their bulletins about this site.
How much is Jody's program?
[ I hope we'll hear from Jody about his program. -- Robbie
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