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  • Anybody ever have to fix a broken-off key bushing tab on a Continental or Jaguar?

    I did! And boy was it tricky, involving some metalwork, a nibbling tool, a jigsaw, JB Weld and Home Depot, haha. Here are some pics:
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    Last edited by SamSteinig; 12-04-2018, 08:56 AM.
    Hammond M3, 1967 Vox Continental (Italian), 1966 Vox Continental (Italian), 1965 Vox Continental (UK), 1965 Vox Jaguar, Hohner Pianet T, Motion Sound Pro-145

  • #2
    That's an impressive job! Nicely done!

    I did the same repair (less elegantly, however) on a Gibson G101 combo organ. I bought a cotter pin with legs similar in width to the key stop. I cut the legs off and used a vice and a hammer to bend one of the legs into an L-shape. Used JB Weld to glue it to the stub of the keystop, and pushed a rubber bushing onto the end. It has worked perfectly for 7 years.

    But yours looks prettier -- and more original. Thanks for sharing.

    Alan
    1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H
    1965 UK Vox Continental
    1967 Gibson G101 combo organ
    1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73
    1972 Rhodes Silver Sparkletop Piano Bass
    1978 Hohner Clavinet D6
    1968 Hohner Pianet N II
    1966 Wurlitzer 140B
    1977 Fender Twin Reverb
    Vox AD100VT Valvetronix modeling amp
    (SEE THE COLLECTION: https://vintagerockkeyboards.com/ )

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    • #3
      Thanks Alan!

      Sorry about the sideways pics.

      I really don't have any experience with metal fabrication, but I felt I could tackle this. I thought about it incessantly for about a week and then jumped in. I was kind of worried about only the JB Weld holding it, so (if you can tell from the pics) I drilled a hole through both the new piece and the tab it was sistered to, so the JB Weld could go through them, plus I stuck a stiff wire in the hole to secure it even more. After all was set, I cut and filed it all before reassembling the keys. I'm hoping it'll last forever
      Hammond M3, 1967 Vox Continental (Italian), 1966 Vox Continental (Italian), 1965 Vox Continental (UK), 1965 Vox Jaguar, Hohner Pianet T, Motion Sound Pro-145

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      • #4
        Nice work.

        That keybed shares several features with the one that is used in the Hohner Clavinets.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SamSteinig View Post
          I was kind of worried about only the JB Weld holding it, so (if you can tell from the pics) I drilled a hole through both the new piece and the tab it was sistered to, so the JB Weld could go through them, plus I stuck a stiff wire in the hole to secure it even more. After all was set, I cut and filed it all before reassembling the keys. I'm hoping it'll last forever
          I was concerned about the strength of the bond, too. I actually called the JB Weld company for some tips on how to best use it. (Clean the pieces thoroughly; scratch them up with some coarse sandpaper and mix the steel and hardener super-well.) They recommended using acetone to clean the parts. But that can melt plastics, and I didn't want it anywhere near any keys. So, they suggested using Dawn dishwashing detergent, which is a good degreaser. So far, so good!

          Alan
          1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H
          1965 UK Vox Continental
          1967 Gibson G101 combo organ
          1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73
          1972 Rhodes Silver Sparkletop Piano Bass
          1978 Hohner Clavinet D6
          1968 Hohner Pianet N II
          1966 Wurlitzer 140B
          1977 Fender Twin Reverb
          Vox AD100VT Valvetronix modeling amp
          (SEE THE COLLECTION: https://vintagerockkeyboards.com/ )

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          • #6
            Yep. I believe it's called a Pratt-Read (lots of old synths and combo organs used that keybed). I know that the rubber bushings fit a lot of different organs and synths

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            Originally posted by Alenhoff View Post
            I was concerned about the strength of the bond, too. I actually called the JB Weld company for some tips on how to best use it. (Clean the pieces thoroughly; scratch them up with some coarse sandpaper and mix the steel and hardener super-well.) They recommended using acetone to clean the parts. But that can melt plastics, and I didn't want it anywhere near any keys. So, they suggested using Dawn dishwashing detergent, which is a good degreaser. So far, so good!

            Alan
            I filed the existing tab completely (with a metal file) before using the JB Weld, and I think drilling the hole through both pieces and inserting the stiff wire made it extra strong. I don't anticipate it failing (fingers crossed)
            Hammond M3, 1967 Vox Continental (Italian), 1966 Vox Continental (Italian), 1965 Vox Continental (UK), 1965 Vox Jaguar, Hohner Pianet T, Motion Sound Pro-145

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            • #7
              JB Weld has been keeping the coolant inside the cylinder head of my Jeep for a decade.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KC9UDX View Post
                JB Weld has been keeping the coolant inside the cylinder head of my Jeep for a decade.
                Ha! The uses are infinite.
                Hammond M3, 1967 Vox Continental (Italian), 1966 Vox Continental (Italian), 1965 Vox Continental (UK), 1965 Vox Jaguar, Hohner Pianet T, Motion Sound Pro-145

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