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Vinyl Hoses
By Brian Thornton

Vinyl pouches.  Hmmm.  It's posts like this one that have forced me
not to read MMD during my lunch break at the shop here.  They only
cause me indigestion.  Yet, I am somewhat left with the impression that
these kind of postings are merely ruses designed to get our goats.

Mr. Bullock's mention of dress felt really hit home right now as I'm
just getting into a 4-tier type Seeburg stack in which all the gasket
leather was replaced with this dress felt which is glued in with PPCo's
plastic glue.  I'm having more fun than a frog in a blender getting
it off.

Another thing I could mention about Vinyl is that when certain types
begin to break down after about 15 or 20 years, the material leaches
an oily slimy stinky substance, which of course will soak into wood
surfaces.  I restored a little 1935 Steck Duo-Art last year that had
been rebuilt in the late 1970s.  All the trackerbar tubing was black
vinyl and was just coated with oil to the point it was dripping.
It had leaked into the pouch wells and permeated the wood.

It couldn't have been any worse if someone took an oil can and squirted
it in there.  No glue or sealer was ever going to stick to that surface
again, let alone holding in place the nipples which had the bleed hole
drilled.  The only option here was to make new pouch boards, which was
quite an additional expense.  Do I even want to guess as to the health
risk I might be taking, handling whatever it is leaching out of these
hi-tech materials?

Speaking more of Vinyl:  Right now I am in the process of gutting and
starting over with one of those modern O-roll build-up machines...
What can I say other than my garbage can runneth over!

Brian Thornton
Short Mountain Music Works
Woodbury, Tennessee

(Message sent Sun 21 May 2006, 00:28:35 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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