Wednesday, March 28, 2018
TOM THUMB REPAIR PART 3
As 2017 progressed, the Tom Thumb Player Piano lost it's enthusiasm and by the time we closed for the season, it was ready for some help.
We seem to be short of air, so the box pump was removed for checking. It seemed weak, so further disassembly for more detailed checks was started.
The last repair involved gluing the individual pumps to the frame, rather than a more conventional gasket system. A cork gasket was firmly glued on both sides, which caused a lot of trouble getting the pump loose and damaged the bottom of the pump, so we had to make some new parts and rebuild the pump.