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    Hope all had a merry Christmas! Front and centre.jpgBeen working on Bessie, things are cleaning up nice. Top getting cleaned.jpgTrash in Windchest.jpgRatty smell is fast becoming more and more of a dim memory. Low F showing voicing and tuning.jpgOnly found one broken reed.....the "d" in the subbass.Broken reed.jpg Considering all else, I am pretty happy. More as it comes. Cheers!
    Chaz

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    IMG_20170202_015318815_HDR.jpgIMG_20170202_015328905.jpgTore deeper into Bessie's innards last we'd, such a case of indigestion I never saw! The close-up shows a few valves the dirty ba****DS did away with. More vacuuming and more of the reek is no longer ās bad.

    I did find something interesting on the front where the swell and grand organ levers live! Primitive wooden "latches", so cut to drop into place and hold the knee lever in the open position. They are released by pushing the fat outside end up towards the keybed with the knee. They only lock when the knee lever is pushed fully home against the stop dowel.
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    Anyone ever see a getup like this? It's simple as anything, but I never saw the like!

    Cheers!
    Chaz

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    Estey copied those swell catches from Mason & Hamlin.
    Brown mahogany stain will tone the different colors of oak to match better.
    Sorry I can't help you w/missing reed.
    Casey

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    Well, I continued to delve deeper into Bessie's innards this week. No real surprises, which is good. Now I am just trying to get a fell for the amount of leather, felt, etc required to rebuild the old gal.

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    A friend found a roll of old-fashioned speaker cloth that compliments the case nicely, although the original was as dull as a spoon.
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    more as it comes!

    Cheers
    Chaz

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    That cloth looks nice and please understand I am a purist, but if I were given the same choice I would probably use it too.
    Casey

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubBase View Post
    That cloth looks nice and please understand I am a purist, but if I were given the same choice I would probably use it too.
    Casey
    Well the good thing about cloth is that it is reversible.....I will leave a snippet of the original inside the case in a moth-proof baggie and down the trail someone else can put it back!

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    Not dead yet.....just plodding thru! Now I am putting together the order of felts, washers, cloth and the vast pile of et cetras thereto! IMG_20170427_004747265.jpg

    But look what the fat man scored! Stops from an 83, and I don't even have to mess with the labels.....must be living right!

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