Hi All, My normal postings are usually questions, but this time
I thought I should also put in my two cents worth. Lee Roan said,
"I am not using it on a restoration project, just on new construction
for several organ pipe wind chests and reservoirs, so anything goes,
You are absolutely correct, if the new construction is for you and not
a customer. However, here is something to consider: I am also
building a new construction, a reproduction Tangley calliope. I have
used traditional materials throughout: leather, hide glue, rubber
cloth, etc., etc. Since it is a new construction I could have used
But I used traditional materials for several reasons:
1. Their proven track record. I want it to last as long as possible
before I need to redo it.
2. Ease of replacement in the future. I am 35 so chances are pretty
good I will be the one to redo it.
3. Most important to me, my own pride. I know I have done the best job
I can with the best materials.
The machine is a reflection of my ability. After I am gone, I would
like to be remembered for the quality of my work, not my poor choice of
materials. I am a prototype machinist and always strive to do the best
job I can. I am building an instrument I am proud of, one that I will
not be embarrassed to let one of the top restorers look at.
Am I a "purist"? I like to think so.