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    How to felt stop knob rods

    I need to replace the felt that cushions the stop knob rod. I'm very much the armature at fixing this old Malcom Organ that I was gifted. I have been successful so far with the excellent advise I've received here in the Organ Forum.
    I am not sure if I can remove the stop knobs to access easily the area I need to felt. I would appreciate any suggestions on how to proceed. Click image for larger version

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    Missy

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    Hello Missy.

    You would have to remove the rods altogether. Firstly get some red felt of the correct thickness, probably about 1/16" and cut the strips the same width or a little wider than the thickness of the front support board. Then remove the linkages inside of the top part of the action. Mark them all carefully in order to replace them in the same position. On some organs there are some tacks, staples or even screws in the rods which have to come out. Slide the rods forward - towards the keyboard - until they are completely out. I would recommend you do them one at a time. It will take longer but will give less chance of making a mistake in replacement. Make or scrounge a suitable tool with which to remove all the remnants of the original felt and glue from the hole. A round file works well for removing hard glue residue but careful not to ream the hole too much. Measure and cut a piece of your brand new felt that will just tightly fit the hole when folded round. The front is the most important because the felt ring will be visible. Use good quality wood glue and apply to one side of the new felt and work it into the hole. Use a piece of round dowel about the same size or very slightly thicker than the rod to properly position the felt. A rod that is slightly tapered facilitates this step greatly. Position the felt ring in such a way that the joint is on the underside. Make sure the front edge of the felt ring is flush with the front face of the board. Leave the piece of rod in place until the glue has set. While you wait, go on to removing the next one....

    Happy re felting.

    Nico

    PS While the rods are out, you may want to clean the facia around the rod hole before you insert the new felt ring.
    "Don't make war, make music!" Hammonds, Lowreys, Yamaha's, Gulbransens, Baldwin, Technics, Johannus. Reed organs. Details on request...

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      #3
      thank you

      Nico
      Thank you ! Fortunately I have only two,to to re-felt. I'm very relieved to know the process. Again thank you for your timely advise.
      Missy

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