On Tom Hutchinson's subject of roll-mending tape. Yes, he did purchase
this material well over twenty years ago -- perhaps as long as thirty
Not wishing to invoke the wrath of Durrell Armstrong and his Player
Piano Company, which has served us all well, I respectfully suggest that
Durrell is having a senior moment.
I stocked up on this tape about thirty years ago. I guess the only
reason I still have a supply is because I stopped using it when it was
reported that Scotch-type tape would dry, fall off, shrink and pucker
the paper, leaving a sticky mess.
Now, three decades later, my old repairs are still as good as new, and
the remaining tape is still in a condition to use like it was new.
As for the memory of my friend Durrell: his catalogue no. 266 was for
tape 1/8 inch by 1296 inches. Catalogue no. 267 was for a tape 1/4" by
1296 inches. Both were 3-M's Scotch Magic No. 810. The boxes show it
was made in St. Paul, Minn.
I rmember speaking with Durrell at an AMICA convention about the tape,
and I recall his comment that it took way to long to re-sell, so it
would not be retained as a PPCo stock item. But it was a super product
and wonderful to use when repairing Ampico rolls.
Would it be worthwhile to approach 3-M and see what they say about its
Best to all,
Aylmer, Ontario, Canada.