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How do I open Rodgers Glockenspiel to access solenoids? I want to replace felts

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  • How do I open Rodgers Glockenspiel to access solenoids? I want to replace felts

    Looking for advice on how to access the back of the solenoids on the Rodgers Glockenspiel. Everything works fine but there is a distinct "clunk" sound as after the solenoid strikes the bar. Given this is at least 40 years old, I'm guessing it needs some felt somewhere.

    The problem is I cannot see how to remove the glockenspiel assembly from the wood chest it comes in. I do not see any retaining screws. I suspect that it may pull out if I turn the unit upside down, but wanted to ask first.

    Has anyone added/replaced felts to their Glockenspiel to make them quieter as they release?
    Eric Mack
    www.ThisOld340.com
    Rodgers 340 S/N 34341
    Los Angeles, CA

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    The entire plywood panel with the mounted bars simply lifts out of the box; the cable may be clamped, so have a helper to hold the panel after you lift it out so you can release the cable. You'll also want to be able to feed some spare cable into the glock box.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by toodles View Post
      The entire plywood panel with the mounted bars simply lifts out of the box
      Thank you, you confirmed my suspicions. From photos I found on the internet, it appears there is a wood panel screwed to bottom of solenoid compartment. I assume that inside here is where I would want to get to to provide felt to stop then clunking. I' plan to turn the unit over (bars facing the ground) so I won't loose the solenoid pins. Have you done this before? (added felt to the Glockenspiel?) Any other tips to share?
      Eric Mack
      www.ThisOld340.com
      Rodgers 340 S/N 34341
      Los Angeles, CA

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      • #4
        No, I haven't done that, but I did remove a glock panel from its cabinet to refinish the cabinet. Everything should be pretty obvious.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by toodles View Post
          No, I haven't done that, but I did remove a glock panel from its cabinet to refinish the cabinet. Everything should be pretty obvious.
          Thank you toodles. I appreciate the tip.
          Eric Mack
          www.ThisOld340.com
          Rodgers 340 S/N 34341
          Los Angeles, CA

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          • #6
            I opened the Glockenspiel, found the foam had disintegrated (nothing much to clean up). Installed a strip of felt and all works well. I took photos to blog, eventually. Thank you for your help.
            Eric Mack
            www.ThisOld340.com
            Rodgers 340 S/N 34341
            Los Angeles, CA

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            • #7
              Good to hear you were successful. Most foam is subject to attack by fungus unless the manufacturer adds a fugicide to the mix when making it. Felt is a much better option.

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