Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Repairing a Reed Organ - Part 2
A Smith Reed Organ was brought to us for repair to playing condition. This was not a restoration job, just a repair to good playing condition.
We got the problem of the big stack leak under control, but further investigation showed some cracks in the top half where the valves mount. These were sealed with silicon sealer for the larger ones and shellac based sealer for the narrow ones.
Now we can start reassembly. The bottom of the air chest was put in place and then the top installed.
The valve push rods were carefully arranged when removed, so as to be able to install them in the same position they came from. Before the next layer could go on, the stop slides which were hard to move, had to be freed up and readjusted.