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how do i access the bellows to attach ne treadle tape?

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  • how do i access the bellows to attach ne treadle tape?

    Greetings all!
    I have a nice Cornish and Co pump organ with a broken treadle tape. The originals look like a women burlap or sorts and one of them has parted right at the top roller. Does anyone know how much disassembly is required to replace it? There appears to be no access from the back and, from the front does not look much better. Removing the "knee board panel" allows access only to the rollers. (Hey, I'm a network engineer so please forgive me for making up names for the components). If this requires many detailed removals of various intricate assemblies, I'll surrender now. Any help, including advice of, " Give up while you can" is welcome!

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    Hello Vic. Welcome to the Pumper Forum.

    The Cornish was my first organ I restored, kind of and it had exactly the same problem.\

    I fixed mine by laying the organ on its back and working from the bottom, I could reach the wooden blocks on the upper side of the feeders, unscrewed them and replaced the tape. Since you are going to work in there, might as well replace both tapes. Those are nice organs and the interesting part of its history is (I read somewhere) that the factory sold the organs directly to the public.

    Here's mine before working on it:

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    Please post a few pictures when the Forum allows you to (usually after about five or ten posts).

    Let us know how you get on.

    "Don't make war, make music!" Hammonds, Lowreys, Yamaha's, Gulbransens, Baldwin, Technics, Johannus. Reed organs. Details on request... B-)