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Recommended Adhesive for Rebuilding a Pianola
By Andy Hood

Hi,  I have recently read an interesting article in the last PPG
Bulletin (UK Player Piano Group) regarding choice of adhesive for
rebuilding the player action.  (I don't wish to upset anyone, but
would like some more information before I rebuild my Steck.)

The author has used RTV (silicone adhesive, not the bath sealant type)
in preference to hot glue.  His experience is that it is superior in
every way to hot glue and he has many rebuilds working many years after
rebuild.  Additionally, he reckons that the RTV does not soak into the
timber in the same way as hot glue, so minimising the amount of timber
removed in sanding during a rebuild.  Also it makes it much easier to
remove pneumatics off the stack by simply using a thin paint scraper
pushed between the pneumatic and the board.

I know that this has been a quite contentious topic in the past but
I would welcome some input from the experts as to whether RTV could be
considered a suitable adhesive in this situation.  I need to rebuild
the player action in my upright Steck in the near future so would like
to decide on which adhesive I should use.

Andy Hood

 [ Recommendations should cite the manufacturer's product number
 [ or code.  Too many heated discussions in MMDigest have resulted
 [ from assuming all adhesive products behave the same.  See
 [ -- Editor (Robbie)

(Message sent Sat 5 Mar 2011, 20:06:58 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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