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    Hammond Cotton Wick Thread?

    Hello all,

    I just noticed that the Cotton Wick that goes from the Scanner Tub to the visible spindle bearing below on my C3 is missing. The search for available replacement thread has been painful, however after seeing what a guy was previously selling on Ebay and a Utube video by 'SteveRabb' (Forum Member as well) I was able to identify the Cotton thread as Crochet Cotton Thread with the help of my wife. She piped up that she had a lifetime supply of 100% Cotton Thread used for Crochet in various thicknesses (gauges in my language). So I accessed the mother load and found 20 and 30 gauge to experiment with, (the 30 gauge came closest in diameter to the original Hammond thread). What I have done is opened up my jumbo bottle of Hammond oil and immersed about 1/2 of two 8" lengths of thread and will check on them in the morning and see if they have wicked to the dangling end outside the bottle. Already within 1 hour of the experiment they have both drawn the oil at least 1/2 inch and slowly continuing on that path. I will update the Forum on my findings in the morning and if the experiment works (as it appears to be so far), sounds like I have some Cotton Thread to share with the community. This stuff is impossible to find new, other than getting NOS spools at a garage sale that's been squirrelled away by an old Grandma for years . Believe me, I looked both online and at every hardware, craft and sewing shop in town, and everything cotton is too thin or not the right weave, therefore not durable or strong enough. Everything my wife has, she got from garage sales and from her Grandmother when she passed on. Over and out.

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    Thanks Wade,I'll give my cousin a call,she crotchets all the time and has the old stuff.Looking forward to hearing it 'wick' properly.

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    I'm wondering about this too. My Model M is missing some thread to the Vibrato unit.

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    Photo of Crochet Thread

    Here is a picture of the Crochet thread of which I speak. It comes on spools in various sizes, such as these. So far so good with the experiment, the 20 gauge wicks faster than the 30 gauge thread and I anticipate that it should be soaked through by morning if not tonight.

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    Wadecanuck..............go Canucks go ( much anticipated puck drop less than one hour away)

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    Vernon? You must know Steve Todd.....he is one of the players I let play my rig.Great talent up there in the Okanagan.
    I've been at the IPE the last seven years.......here's a picture of me backing up 'THE DUECE'.......

    I need to rethread a scanner or two,this is great info,thanks!
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    Thread on the Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweet Pete View Post
    Vernon? You must know Steve Todd.....he is one of the players I let play my rig.Great talent up there in the Okanagan.
    I've been at the IPE the last seven years.......here's a picture of me backing up 'THE DUECE'.......

    I need to rethread a scanner or two,this is great info,thanks!
    Don't know Steve Todd, but will have to see ya next time you come around the IPE. Yes, I think I will redo my scanner rather than try to replace the thread with it all together as it sits now. Have never done a scanner before but will follow the Utube tutorial and buy detail instructions from Patrice at Hammond Leslie Tips website. If you can't find any of this out in Vancouver and need some of this thread, let me know and I can send some your way.

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    Once a hammond tech told me that you can use just regular uncoloured and unbleached cotton threads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freiburg View Post
    Once a hammond tech told me that you can use just regular uncoloured and unbleached cotton threads.
    I will be talking to a tech for his opinion as well, but in my experience in this experiment, regular thread (for a sewing machine) will be too small a gauge and not strong enough.

    Here is the verdict on my experiment. By morning time both strands of 100% Cotton Crochet Thread (20 and 30 gauge) had visibly, to the naked eye, drawn the oil to the opposite end. They wick perfectly, the 20 gauge carrying more oil than the 30 gauge (Bigger Thread, more oil). In my opinion the 30 gauge, which appears to be the same gauge / diameter as the original Hammond Thread would be the way to go, so not to over oil anything as this is a mortal sin with Hammonds. Hope this helps you all out in the community. Please folks, do not hesitate to drop me a line if you need some of this stuff and can't find any. I'm sure we can come to some arrangement and shipping would cost next to nothing as the Thread can go in an envelope. (I am all about helping not bilking for mass profit)

    Cheers,
    Wadecanuck

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    Good to know. My mom used to crochet things like white doilys all the time when I was little, and I remember spools that looked just like the one on the right. She might still have some buried somewhere.
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    The organ tech I consulted with on the video I did recommended using heavy cotton thread from a fabric store. In fact he hasn't used the original Hammond oil wick thread which doesn't seem to exist anymore from my last search. The ebay user I bought it from no longer has it listed but try contacting him through ebay to see if he has any surplus. User name: michaelcasino1. I've already given away the remaining thread I had.

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