|Rebuilding the Player Piano
by Larry Givens
|Please read the following comment in its entirety.
While I deeply respect the work of Larry Givens, there are statements in his book with which I strongly disagree. The most prominent of these is his recommendation to use white, yellow, or aliphatic glues. The only glues that should be used to restore a player mechanism are animal hide glue (the glue that was used by the original manufacturers) and plastic glue (used with nylon cloth). Also, please consider the year that the book was written. At that time, it might have been somewhat safe to trust the condition of the various leather parts in the system. However, today (in 2019) that is never the case. Without exception, all of the soft materials in the player action must be replace with new, high quality materials if you expect the system to function correctly. No matter how good a material looks, it's about 100 years old and must be replaced.
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