DIYAPASON-L Digest #622 - Sunday, August 11, 2002
 
Pouch leather
  by "Robert W. Taylor" <rtaylor@sockets.net>
Pouch leather
  by "Richard Schneider" <arpschneider@starband.net>
 

(back) Subject: Pouch leather From: "Robert W. Taylor" <rtaylor@sockets.net> Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 08:38:01 -0500   Hi gang,   I am faced with the decission of selecting leather for pouches. The majority of the pouches are over a well 1 3/4 inches in diameter and go up to 3 1/2 inches. For years I have used "tan pouch leather" in my player piano business. Now, I hear that "CPL" thin pouch leather is better. It that true?   I have experimented with both materials and find the "CPL" is harder to install because it is so flexible. ( The pouch is easily pushed out of round during the gluing process. It requires a more delicate touch.)   Can someone offer words of wisdom? Which leather should I use and why?   Bob Taylor (with only 2,500 more pouches to glue)      
(back) Subject: Pouch leather From: "Richard Schneider" <arpschneider@starband.net> Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2002 13:27:24 -0500     "Robert W. Taylor" wrote: > Now, I hear that "CPL" thin pouch leather is better. It > that true?   Yes. > I have experimented with both materials and find the "CPL" is harder to > install because it is so flexible. ( The pouch is easily pushed out of > round during the gluing process. It requires a more delicate touch.)   You can obviate that somewhat by getting slightly thicker leather to compensate. > Can someone offer words of wisdom? Which leather should I use and why?   I'd go with the CPL because of the life-expectency of it versus the old Tan Pneumatic. Depends too on where you get it. For years, there was a company in Grand Rapids, MI called Kiefer Tanning Company that sold absolutely the BEST Tan Pneumatic leather in existence. However, they themselves are no longer in existence.   So the best choice these days seems to be the leather that Columbia Leathers in Pennsylvania sells.   But as I've warned this list repeatedly: do NOT use the Fish Glue touted as a viable substitute by everyone. I've had wholesale failures and have consequently gone back to the "tried and true" Hot Hide Glue. Doesn't take long to get going and just proved to myself once more how good it really is. An inexperienced worker had installed a couple of pouches off-center and they had to be replaced. Talk about a JOB to get those pouches off and prepare a second time to leather them!   The leather will fail LONG before the hot hide glue ever will. By stark contrast, I've been able to HAND peel pouches off that were attached with Fish Glue. Not a very good testamentary for future reliability, IMO.   >2,500 more pouches to glue   If you build yourself a jig to do this work, it should go very quickly!   Good luck!   Faithfully,   -- Richard Schneider, PRES/CEO SCHNEIDER PIPE ORGANS, Inc. Pipe Organ Builders 41-43 Johnston St./P.O. Box 137 Kenney, IL 61749-0137 (217) 944-2454 VOX (217) 944-2527 FAX mailto:arp@schneiderpipeorgans.com SHOP EMAIL mailto:arp@starband.net SHOP SATELLITE EMAIL mailto:arpschneider@starband.net HOME OFFICE EMAIL http://www.schneiderpipeorgans.com WEB PAGE URL