Guest spottedmetal Posted February 19, 2008 Share Posted February 19, 2008 Dear All The other day I came across a pipe-organ pedalboard which used felt circles on the pedals against the slats entering the front of the instrument, a practice that is prevalent on the cheap mass produced consoles of toasters. After 15 years of use, in my experience the pedals rattle and replacement of the felt by graphited leather is an obvious and long term improvement. I challenged the pipe organ builder about his use of such felts - he replied that they were synthetic, did not wear and his had been in use for ten years without wear and were replaceable easily in any event. Unless the secret is in different types of felt, I can't say I was convinced! On other threads we have heard of the Italian organ which only lasted 7 years . . . one wonders how it could have been so disastrously constructed as to lead to this, and upon mentioning a horror at seeing "cardboard" pipe trunking, Kopex, DW replied that no such stuff is used by Willis, although others champion it. Meanwhile, with a neurotic horror of woodworm infestation, I'm sure that I have been guilty of using a very unapproved method of prevention which could cause significant corrosion damage in the future. In view of the nature of a tracker instrument as an investment which should be significantly sound in 100 years time, but bearing in mind that very successful advances have been made in using modern materials and techniques in tracker instruments over the past 3 decades, what techniques of design materials remedial botches have been seen to have been troublesome and be avoided in the future like the plague? Best wishes Spot Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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