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Restoration Techniques and "Purists"
By Steve Walker

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
anything, right?

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.

Steve Walker
Riverside, California

(Message sent Wed 28 Jul 1999, 17:22:32 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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