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Re-felting stickers.


30 January 2009

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
(action in jig) Old white felt...

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
(action laid down) Was severely impacted from 91 years of playing.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Moisten with hypo-bottle.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Apply the electric de-bushing tool.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Work tool under felt.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Add a bit more water and work tool on around.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Presto! Old felt removed!

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Hide glue makes felt removal easy, clean, and neat.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Note off center capstan impact on this sticker.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
A bit of wet paper placed under the sticker flange shifts it over!

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Old (left) vs. new felt.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Hot hide glued into mortices on the rear side of the stickers.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
I had originally thought to glue the bottoms and fronts at the same time.
However, you can see this would have resulted in a curved felt.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
So I glued to the bottom and clamped first.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
A number of them in this second phase of gluing.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Note nice sharp radius at the corners!

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Then the third phase was to glue and clamp to the front-side of the sticker.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
View of backside of stickers with the action back in the jig.

Piano Smith had suggested that I replace these felts - for good reason as can be seen. The ease of replacement once again underscores the superiority of hot hide glue for these kind of applications - the old faithful glue pot was pressed into service once again.

My action jig is a wonderful thing - but unlike some commercial units, it cannot be used when working on the bottoms of the stickers - so I laid the action down on a shipping blanket to do this job.

I had had a bit of a time finding someone who could sell me the proper felt - not everyone who sells to tyros like me lists this felt. You can get 3/8" squares that are glued to the bottoms (only) of the stickers - from just about everywhere. But that isn't what this instrument was originally equipped with - the stickers are even mortised on the back side (where the felts are visible) such that "wrap around" felts are flush with the wood. This also makes the felt installation much more stable - so I wanted to duplicate the original.

The other option widely available was to buy strips of the appropriate felt in 1" wide strips. No thanx - I don't want to be cutting these darn things out by hand! As it was, the 3/8" width was about 1/32" too wide, so I had to do some trimming with a hobby knife after installation which wasn't easy (and didn't turn out as well as I would have liked). But Recommended by Zorba! Link opens in new window Vanda King had the felt strips listed, so despite their $30 minimum order, I purchased the felt from them - along with "something else" which you can see on the next page!

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