Hoping the wide knowledge base of this group can help me out. Our
church organ has a set of 21 Maas chimes, electric action. They
are brushed brass finish, with black plastic caps (what the striker
Two notes do not ring clear (numbers 18 & 19, D and D#) and I thought
the problem was in the strikers or dampers. Well, nope -- close
inspection reveals a crack a few inches long at the tops of the tubes.
Is it possible to take these apart and silver solder or braze the
cracks to restore the clear chime sound?
[ At http://www.octos.org/ooth/repairs/chimetube/chime_tube_repair.htm
[ is an article that describes how to repair the chimes using a TIG
[ (Tungsten Inert Gas) welder and silicon bronze rod. "A possible
[ cause of cracking could be found in the way the tubes are formed
[ during manufacture. The better grades of [Deagan] chimes -- Class A,
[ B and C -- were drawn, but the Class R tubes were rolled from a brass
[ sheet, shaped into a tube and joined at a seam."
[ -- Robbie