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    reed puller?

    Are "reed pullers" generic for all reed organs? or do I have to look for a specific puller for my reeds?

    I don't have one for my George Woods.

    Thanks.
    Tom M.

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    Here you go - one way to make them. (You may have two sizes of reed slots, and need two of them. My Kimball used the same for all reeds.)

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    On your woods reeds, I do not see any pulling slot or rivet, maybe the slot just does not show up with the angle and the lighting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubBase View Post
    On your woods reeds, I do not see any pulling slot or rivet, maybe the slot just does not show up with the angle and the lighting.
    Great observation, Casey. Could the pulling location be nearer the base of the reed, under the damper/mute? I've never personally seen that before, but....

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    Thanks all. Here's a closeup of the end of the reeds while I lift up that felt (damper?) bar. I don't know what a reed slot or rivet should look like, but maybe the photo will help:

    IMG_0271[1].jpg

    IMG_0269[1].jpg

    The reeds butt up to the felt that lies in front of them; they're going to be tricky to pull "up and over" that felt.

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    You will need to file the paint can opener end to a crescent shape, and also bevel it to a sharp edge to grab that fingernail type pulling slot.
    Casey

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutmegct View Post
    Thanks all. Here's a closeup of the end of the reeds while I lift up that felt (damper?) bar. I don't know what a reed slot or rivet should look like, but maybe the photo will help:
    IMG_0269[1].jpg
    The reeds butt up to the felt that lies in front of them; they're going to be tricky to pull "up and over" that felt.
    Tom,


    • A rivet is round. You'll find them at the base of the reed, if they're there.
    • A reed slot is the cell where each reed is currently housed. There are 10 or 11 slots in the photo above.
    • To pull the reed, you may be able to do it without any assistance if it will pull through the pile of the felt that butts up against the reed. If that is not possible without the felt blocking it, you may be able to use a sharp knife or piece of tin to push the felt down, and place it under the end of the reed in order to slide the reed over the felt.

    Hope that helps.

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    • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
    • 9 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 4 Pianos

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    These reeds are dovetailed into the frames, my woods has the same type. So there's no rivet.

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