DIYAPASON-L Digest #434 - Saturday, November 10, 2001
Pipe Lacquer - what to use?
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(back) Subject: Pipe Lacquer - what to use? From: <> Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 02:03:32 EST   In a message dated 11/9/01 3:55:13 PM Pacific Standard Time, = writes: << Good Evening, > What clear laquer is recommended by you all out there to apply to >freshly cleaned pipes? The very task of which I shall perform >tomorrow........... >>   Hi Dorian:   I use an instrument lacquer made for brass orchestral instruments. Any = full service music store or good instrument repair service will have it in both =   bottle and spray can form. Krylon "clear" also does a decent job. Key = items to remember are to keep the spray from going into the windway or mouth directly, likewise the toe, and I remove the tuning slides/collars to be sprayed separately so they won't be stuck in place. A couple of light = coats are best with no runs. Pipework prepared thus will last indefinitely in = dark chambers with virtually no detioration/oxidation. For pipes exposed to severe conditions like the Crystal Cathedral I would have used an = ultraviolet resistant 2 part epoxy spray paint from an automotive paint supplier. I = have seen shellacked metal pipes and these too are protected but the shellac = has most often yellowed with age. Some of the large wood pipes at Crystal Cathedral look like they have been given a coat of white house paint (exterior grade) to protect them when the shellac failed. No matter what = you use, pipes with protective coatings will survive better than those that = are unprotected.   Have fun tomorrow,   Al Sefl  
(back) Subject: BUZZNOMORE? From: <> Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 02:13:04 EST   In all seriousness, I cannot see how a teaspoon of some magic powder will stop a pipe from buzzing. This has got to be a cleaver add campaign to = get technicians attention or is someway humor based. Buzzing occurs from dirt = or dust between the shallot and the reed tongue for most instances. Dropping = a teaspoon of powder into a pipe seems bizarre to me. For a large number of =   buzzy pipes the cause goes beyond dirt in the reed/shallot. These pipes = buzz because the brass shallot has warped with age (brass is not dimensionally stabile) and the only cure is to true the shallot.   Al Sefl Whose wife has ordered a gallon of BUZZNOMORE for his snoring.........  
(back) Subject: Christie From: "Hugh Knapton" <> Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 10:31:07 -0400   Bob asked: >When you were with H, N, & B, did you do any work on Christies?   I never worked on a Christie (as such). I only ever worked on HNB's in Canada & the U.S. Some of their instruments from the 50's still used certain components that were in common with the Christie line.   My father though, spent considerable time in the late 40's and early 50's ... working at Hornsey (HN&B). The introduction of "talkies" left many Christies, "Wurlies", Comptons, etc "not wanted". These instruments were patched up and shipped out to African Churches, complete with toy counters etc. It is said that the "natives" had a great fondness for the toys in their style of worship.   I wonder if any of them still exist!   Hugh