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  • Foam Job Complete

    I posted on fb but wanted to share that I had my 1964 A-122 de-foamed yesterday. The organ has lived in New England its entire life in one home since 1964 (until I picked it up last fall). It was well taken care of. The foam was dried and brittle but had attached itself to the wiring area and had started to eat through 3 wires in total. It basically disintegrated as it was pulled off. It was all cleaned off the back of the manual and the areas around the wires and looks great now. So, a perfect example of a northern tier organ, 54 years old, perfectly kept and the foam was causing damage to the wires, even though it was thankfully minor. Well worth the effort and money. Attached a couple of pictures.

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    1964 A-122 / 21H
    XK1-C / Neo Ventilator

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    Good job, Bsquared !
    You're fortunate that it didn't do more damage... apparently, you caught it in time.
    Did you replace it with felt or just leave it open?
    Roger Memphis
    C-3 with O-M, 145, 122RV, 2 PR-40's, PSR-36
    CV with HR-40, 2 B-40's

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    • #3
      We just left it as is. No felt replacement. It still is mind boggling to me that Hammond would use this stuff without giving any thought to the implications down the road. Stuff is nasty. But hey, now that it is over with, all that's left now is to "PLAY".
      1964 A-122 / 21H
      XK1-C / Neo Ventilator

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      • #4
        Well done! I just took a look to make sure, and my A100 has rivets. (So no foam.)

        Originally posted by bsquared View Post
        It still is mind boggling to me that Hammond would use this stuff without giving any thought to the implications down the road. Stuff is nasty.
        Other companies did this, for example I've seen a spinet piano (probably from the same era) that had foam on the hammer rest rail instead of felt. It was dried up and mostly crumbled, causing many keys to malfunction. Not a pretty sight. I can only guess the reason was for cutting costs.
        A100, X77, M3, M100, E100
        Leslie 147, 145, homemade road Leslie
        My youtube channel

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bourniplus View Post
          Well done! I just took a look to make sure, and my A100 has rivets. (So no foam.)



          Other companies did this, for example I've seen a spinet piano (probably from the same era) that had foam on the hammer rest rail instead of felt. It was dried up and mostly crumbled, causing many keys to malfunction. Not a pretty sight. I can only guess the reason was for cutting costs.
          Glad you are foam free. I have no doubt it was cost cutting for them, however, it became a cost additive for the organ buyer. Oh well, can't change that now. Still impressed that a musical instrument made by a watchmaker is still running strong and so widely used 70-80 years later.
          1964 A-122 / 21H
          XK1-C / Neo Ventilator

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          • #6
            Nice job Bsquared on the foam removal and luck too. I am about four weeks from doing the same job on my B3 it happens to be a 65 and I know it has the foam issue. I have one note which is not working on one key only - checked by a local tech so Iam sure it is correct. But need to get in there really soon to get it removed and then I can get on with the rest of the repair I will be asking for advice when I get to that nasty job. stay tuned.
            Practise the theory...realize the practical
            Hammonds L100 /A100 /B3 Leslie 147 and 122 Yamaha E352 Key board driven in OVATIONS 15" 40 watt power

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            • #7
              I will be glad pass along anything that may help you. For starters, as reluctant as I was at first, I'm so glad I went in ad would do it again without hesitation. Are you doing the work yourself or hiring a tech? I'll say this, The gentleman who did mine had everything desoldered and the manuals out of the organ in 25 minutes.Pretty impressive. But he has years of experience building chops and putting manuals in and out. Well worth the $ having someone do this in my mind.
              1964 A-122 / 21H
              XK1-C / Neo Ventilator

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