Service/Technical Manuals -(click)
Used Player Piano Parts -(click)
Testing the Player Piano -(click)
Player Technicians Listing -(click) Player Piano Makers -(click) Player Piano Roll Makers -(click)
Cloth Removal Techniques
Four Ways to Remove Cloth from Bellows
There are four basic techniques for removing cloth from bellows. They are presented below in no specific order.
One, burn it off with a propane torch. (see note 1)
Note 1. When using this technique, the aim is to super boil the glue under the cloth, not to burn the cloth off of the wood. As you apply the flame, you can see the cloth start to bubble up, indicating that the glue has 'boiled'. At that point, you move on to another area. Once the whole area is 'charred', you scrape off the cloth with a sharp knife.
Note 2. When using this technique, it's important not to sand off any wood. So, the cloth has to be sanded off slowly and very evenly.
Note 3. This is a less aggressive technique than #1, but the goal is basically the same. By super-heating the glue, it will crystallize and weaken the bond between the cloth and the wood. This technique is much more time consuming that #1 or #2, but there is no chance of damaging the wood.
Note 4. This is perhaps the most time consuming of all the techniques, and perhaps the easiest. I demonstrate this technique at:
John A Tuttle
P.S. Portions of this email may be used in the creation of another web page at Player-Care.
On 3/4/2013 1:57 PM, Richard McGavern wrote:
Is there a first step to softening the glue on the cloth bellows? A process?
..To The Top of this Page . . . ..To The HOME Page
Since "Player-Care" is an internet business, I prefer that we correspond via E-Mail (click here to fill out the 'Request Form'). However, if I'm not in the middle of some other activity, you can reach me at 732-840-8787. But please understand that during the hours from 8AM-5PM EST (Mon-Sat), I'm generally quite busy. So, I probably won't answer the phone. If you get the answering machine, please leave a detailed message stating the reason for your call. Also, repeat your name and phone number clearly and distinctly. By necessity, I prioritize everything in my life. And, if you call and just leave your name and number, and ask me to call you back, it might be a day or two before I return your call. Why? Because I don't know why you want me to call and I might not be prepared to assist you in an effective and efficient manner. If you leave me an E-Mail address (which I prefer), spell it out phonetically. The more you do to help me, the more I can help you in return. Don't rush. You have four minutes to record your message.
407 19th Ave, Brick, NJ, 08724
Phone Number 732-840-8787