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PLAYER PIANO
AND REED ORGAN BELLOWS CLOTH,
LEATHER, AND GASKET MATERIAL


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PNEUMATIC, BELLOWS, AND RESERVOIR CLOTH
Used in Player Pianos and Pump, or Reed, Organs (Scroll down past leather for
more bellows cloth specifically for Reed Organs)

Part Description:                                                                                                           Part Number         Price

 

Extend the life of the bellows material:


When recovering the bellows with rubberized cloth, from the key bellows to the largest pump bellows, do NOT crease the rubberized cloth and completely close the bellows at any time.

Allow the bellows to hang at rest as you clean away excess material and glue. Let it close naturally as the vacuum is applied for the first time.

The best player makers in the past would glue a felt bushing, such as a center rail bushing, inside the bellows to prevent it from ever completely closing, even during assembly.

Buy 100 felt bushings:
Part No.- SH336C   $ 11.65

The reason for this is that if the rubberized cloth creases from completely closing, it will set a tight fold and do all its future hinging, or folding, at that sharp line. This will reduce the life of the rubberized cloth by two thirds.

Rubberized Cloth for Motors, Large Pneumatics, and Governors- .012 thick
        43 inches wide-- per yard
        White inside, Wine outside-- 100% cotton nainsook bonded to natural rubber           SH652            $ 120.00 yd.

Rubberized Cloth- 100% cotton nainsook bonded to natural rubber
        For individual Key Bellows-  .008 thick- 57" wide sheet- per yard                             SH653            $ 100.00 yd.

Rubberized Cloth-  100% cotton nainsook bonded to natural rubber
        Same as SH653, but slit into 1 3/8 inch rolls 100 feet long
        Ready to use on key bellows.  Save time and reduce waste
        One hundred feet-- Enough for one piano                                                                 SH661          $ 103.00 ea. if available

Nylon Sheeting Rubberized Cloth-  Coated with ployurethane
        60 inches wide and approx. .004 thick.  Very thin- Can order franctions of
      a yard. Very flexible, very durable. Wine colored.
        Must use PVC glue SH387 see down the page                                                           SH668        $ 20.00 / yd.

Player Bellows Cloth- Heavy double thickness.  Bonded with natural rubber
        Black cotton twill outside, white cotton flannel inside. For pumps, reservoirs, etc.
        This cloth is very stiff & is best used in conjunction with an electric vacuum pump.
        59 inches wide, approx. .048 thick                                                                               DA55            $ 99.00 / yd

Player Bellows Cloth- Double textured black drill cloth with rubber center and fleece
        backed. For reservoirs and pumps. Best used when player is foot pumped. 58" wide,
        approx. .045 thick.                                                                                                        SO330        $120.00 / yd

Medium Thickness Bellows Cloth-  Cotton drill coated one side with natural rubber
        Also, possibly used for pipe organ bellows, player mid sized pneumatics
        57 inches wide, Approx. .030 inches thick                                                                    SH667          $ 125.00 / yd.

 

 

Twill Tape-  Specify 3/8 inch or 5/8 inch wide medium weight white woven tape.  For pneumatics,
        pouch-pneumatic hinges, reservoir folds, and as tie cord in reaching pipe organs.
        60" long strip                                                                                                                 DA675          $ 4.50

 

 

OTHER USES FOR THESE PRODUCTS:
These rubberized cloth products have many applications in your shop.
Old timey hinges can be made with heavy material. Make sure you have
some scrap. Store is in a sealed container in case it is years before you
find a use for it.


LEATHER FOR ALL APPLICATIONS
Used in Player Pianos and Pump, or Reed, Organs

Part Description:                                                                                                           Part Number              Price
****NEW PRODUCTS*****
--We have a new line of pneumatic, valve and gusset leathers, available by the skin.
Also, pneumatic leather in thicknesses from .008" to .026" can be ordered in 6" x 12"
pieces. See our listing below, and feel free to call if you have questions.
---Felt & Leather valves: with or without center hole, you specify the thickness & diameter.
Also can be custom cut in pieces to your specification.

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PNEUMATIC LEATHER
       
We have three different choices for pneumatic leather. All are available in the following thicknesses:

        Extra Thin        .008"-.010"
        Thin                .010" - .012"                                                                        
        Medium           .013"- .017"                                                                          
        Heavy            .017" - .021"
        X-Heavy        .022"-.026"

        ALL sizes are available only by the skin or in 6" x 12" piece.(Skins average about 6-8 sq/ft) Price of 6" x 12" piece is $21.95.

        African Hairsheep - imported & then chrome tanned in the US. Undyed, light gray color;
                available in black for $1 extra per sq/ft                                                                                                        SC-PL1        $18.95 sq/ft
 
        Aeolian/Morton Style -  African hairsheep; chrome tanned, dyed maroon, then put through a heat
               process which seals the pores to reduce air porosity through the skin.. Very supple & pliable leather.             SC-ML2      $20.95 sq/ft

        Tan Hairsheep - Processed exactly the same as the Morton style leather, but in the traditional
               tan (Brown Havana) color
.                                                                                                                          SC-TL 3       $20.95 sq/ft

        Maroon and Tan leathers are available in XXX Thin (.005" -.007")  6" x 12" pieces for clock restorers    SC-XXXTH   $22.95/piece                                          

White Zephyr Skins-- Feather weight-- Usually used for pouches and small pneumatics
        Known for having a very long life under constant flexing.
        Made of thin intestinal membrane of animals and expanded to be very thin.
        Light, strong and flexible. Approx. 7" by 20"-- About .002 inches thick                        SH670               $ 66.00 each

Goatskin Tanned Gusset Leather
        Soft and pliable so that it stretches and conforms to the corners of the resevoir.
        Available in 3 thicknesses: Thin (.030"), Medium (.040"), and Heavy (.050")
        Skins average 4 to 6 square feet for thin to 8 to 12 feet for heavy. Minimum order is one skin.     SC-GL4         $ 15.50 sq/ft.

Goatskin Valve Leather
     
  Imported Spanish Goatskin, chrome tanned in the US. Double buffed for a velvety soft suede side and a de-glossed grain side for strong adhesion.                                Three thicknesses: .030", .040", .050". Available only by the skin. Skins average 7-12 sq/ft                   SC-GVL5               $ 15.50 sq/ft.

Chrome Tanned Packing Leather
        Soft clean cow hides, dyed brown. Sold in partial skins averaging 7-16 square feet.                 SC-CL6                  $ 10.25 sq/ft.

Split Suede Gasket Leather
       Chrome tanned African Hairsheep with the grain side split away. Economical soft leather great for gaskets.
        Available by the skin (skins average 4-6 sq/ft.). We usually stock this, so you can get smaller amounts by request.        SC-SSL7        $5.00 sq/ft

Bellows Flap Valve
        .065" to .085" thick with hard finish one side and fine smooth valve surface
        on the other. For inside and outside pedal pump flaps. 7" by 12"                                  DA164                 $ 16.50 each


Leather Pouches Pre-Punched
        Pouches are available punched to order from any of the three pneumatic leathers listed
above. Price depends on
        diameter and choice of leather. (Morton leather is 10% more.) Basic price for 1" to 1 5/8" diam. pouches is $1.05 each; any quantity.

Leather Valve Facings
       
Valve facings can be ordered in any quantity by specifying diameter, inner hole diam. (if any), and thickness.
        Price depends on diameter and hole size. 5/16" hole is standard; other sizes are 20 cents extra each. Prices begin at
        $0.65 each for 1/2" diam. punching with standard hole.

Leather Lubricant and Conditioners
         Known as neatsfoot oil, these oils recondition, waterproof, and preserve leather.
         Made of rendered feet and shin bones of cattle. Hard to find.
         Not for hot area application. Use to recondition and extend the life of leather
         bellows and parts in player pianos and reed organs. I have not idea what this
         would do for player valves. It might save aging Zephyr leather.
         Also, very useful for maintaining quality work boots and old book covers
         and anything made of leather. To save an old Bible, rub in Neatsfoot Oil, allow
         to dry for a couple days, rub in and shine with shoe polish the color of the cover,
         and finish off with Armoral and rub off excess. The cover will look like new.
                  32 ounce squeeze bottle                                                                                  SM1900        $18.50

 

OTHER USES FOR THESE PRODUCTS:
These leather products have many applications in the shop of a "fix it man".
I make sure I have some scrap left over when doing work with leather and
rubberized cloth for those odd situations when these products will solve a
repair problem. Keep leather in a sealed container of plastic bag. Moths and
other critters love it.

Pneumatic Covering Jig--  A simple aluminum jig.  
         Adjustable from 5/8 inch to 1 3/8 inches.  Complete with 6 pages of illustrated
         instructions.  Instructions cover removal of old material and replacement of new.
         See the graphic near the bottom of the page in the Vacuum Pump area.
         Prepared by an experienced player piano specialist.                                                   DA476               $ 50.00


GASKET MATERIAL

Soft Rubber Sheeting-
        1/32 inch, 12 inches wide-- Priced per running foot
                                                 DA736                $ 6.50 per foot
       

Cork Sheet-
       
Pure fine-grind dense cork- 12" by 36 " by 1/16"                                                          SM205              $ 12.25 ea.

Cork - Rubber Mix Gasket Material
        1/16 inch thick by 4 inches by 36 inches                                                                      DA401                $   7.85 ea.
        1/16 inch thick by 9 inches by 36 inches                                                                      DA408                $ 18.00 ea.
        1/16 inch thick by 12 inches by 36 inches                                                                    SM206                $ 23.50 ea.

Closed Cell sponge Neoprene
        Softer than leather, completely air tight, and uniform thickness. The latest thing for
        vertical valve replacement. Just reglue the valvee stem to new combination valve
        made with two punghings of sponge neoprene, seperated by fiber of metal valve
        base disk. Part Number DA320 glue recommended (see below).
                1/16" by 12" Priced per foot                                               
                                DA751                 $ 4.45 per foot
               

Felt Strip
        5/8" wide by 150 inches long- .070 inches thick- Scarlet                                               DA 1439              $ 14.00

Paper Blotter Paper Gasket Material
        There is NO return and no refund on this item.
        Approximately 22 by 35 inches and .020 thick. This material is used to assemble
        wooden vacuum chambers and wind chests in player pianos and reed organs.
       
Used along with other gasket material, or alone, the blotter paper is wet with water,
       
and when the wood parts are assembled, the wet paper will fill imperfect grain in
       
the wood to better prevent leaks after the paper dries.                                                  DABlotter             $ 5.85 per sheet

DIE CUT CORK GASKETS READY TO USE -
Save yourself a lot of trouble.

 

OTHER USES FOR THESE PRODUCTS:
This gasket material is often very useful in automotive repair. The neoprene is oil resistant.
I find that the use of silicone glues in automotive applications is often less than satisfying.
The old fashioned use of cork and rubber gives a better base for sealing. Do be aware
that this material does not crush as much as silicone if you have tolerance issues.



 

REED ORGAN PNEUMATIC, BELLOWS, AND RESERVOIR CLOTH
Used in Reed, Organs

Part Description:                                                                                                           Part Number         Price

Rubberized Cloth for Motors, Large Pneumatics, and Governors- .012 thick
        43 inches wide-- per yard
        White inside, Black outside-- 100% cotton nainsook bonded to natural rubber           SH652            $ 120.00 yd.

Player Bellows Cloth- Heavy double thickness.  Bonded with natural rubber
        Black cotton twill outside, white cotton flannel inside. For bellows, reservoirs, etc.
        57 inches wide, approx. .044 thick                                                                               SH658         $ 126.00 / yd.

Medium Thickness Bellows Cloth-  Cotton drill coated one side with natural rubber
        Possibly for pipe organ bellows, player mid sized pneumatics
        57 inches wide, Approx. .030 inches thick                                                                    SH667          $125.00 / yd.

Reed Organ Money Saver
       
Only doing one Reed Organ Bellows? 84" by 28" sheet of DA56
        Be VERY sure your bellows can be covered-- Most organs will take this size.               DA1054      $ 123.00

Reed Organ Bellows Cloth-  Cotton drill coated one side with natural rubber
        For reed organ bellows reservoirs, etc.  59 inches wide Approx .025 inches thick.
        If you buy only one yard, you will have to cut and piece to do one bellows on most
        organs. This is NOT a good idea.                                                                                  DA56         $ 106.00 / yd.

Twill Tape-  3/8 inch wide medium weight white woven tape.  For pneumatics,
        pouch-pneumatic hinges, reservoir folds, and as tie cord in reaching pipe organs.
        Available in either 3/8" or 5/8" width. 6 ft long piece.                                                      DA675          $ 4.50

Felt Strip
        5/8" wide by 150 inches long- .070 inches thick- Scarlet                                               DA1439          $ 14.00

Paper Blotter Paper Gasket Material
        There is NO return and no refund on this item.
        Approximately 22 by 35 inches and .020 thick. This material is used to assemble
        wooden vacuum chambers and wind chests in player pianos and reed organs.
       
Used along with other gasket material, or alone, the blotter paper is wet with water,
       
and when the wood parts are assembled, the wet paper will fill imperfect grain in
       
the wood to better prevent leaks after the paper dries.                                                  DABlotter        $ 5.85 per sheet

 

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