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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #40 on: March 18, 2019, 07:23:32 AM »

Thanks for this video, Lester! When you do the "judicious bending", is that to account for the increased thickness of the pallet facing? If so, where exactly are you bending? With the treble buttons, it was clear that you're just holding the pallets closed while pressing the buttons, but I wasn't sure what the equivalent action is on the bass side.
I bend the the part of the leg of the bass mechanism where the button rod meets the mechanism. It only requires a small amount of adjustment.

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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #41 on: March 18, 2019, 05:07:32 PM »

Today's video is Bushing the Bass Buttons

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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #42 on: March 18, 2019, 05:43:33 PM »

Another brilliant one!
The series might also be named "Dr. Lester or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Fettle the Box".
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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #43 on: March 18, 2019, 06:05:25 PM »

May I ask, what happens if you don't use the proper felt?
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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #44 on: March 18, 2019, 06:09:08 PM »

May I ask, what happens if you don't use the proper felt?
It wears, frays and falls apart and it's hard to cut without it shredding (or so a friend told me  8) )

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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #45 on: March 18, 2019, 06:30:05 PM »

Do you know, I happen to have exactly the same reamer in my tool-box. Bit of luck that  :|glug

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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #46 on: March 18, 2019, 06:56:31 PM »

Very useful. I've only done this twice, but made the mistake the first time of not gluing the raised bar in place, and it splintered horribly.
By the way, the second time it did it, I used some bellows corner leather instead of the right felt - I had it lying around and it has worked really well (I hadn't reamed enough out to use the right felt, and wanted to be a bit conservative about taking more wood out, as I wasn't sure if the taper to the hole would be too strange.
The other thing I did (in my half-baked method) was to use the writing end of a pencil to push the felt and leather in. This actually worked really nicely as the pencil I had was a really good match for the taper and felt / leather, very fortunately making that job very simple. I left pencils (smaller ones) in the holes as the glue dried to stop the felt lifting.
Note, please that I am not suggesting these as in any way improvements to the method shown, just joining in the discussion. Thanks, Lester for sharing these.
There may well be people shouting that bellows corners aren't at all suitable.
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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #47 on: March 21, 2019, 07:04:05 PM »

Does it get any more exciting - Retaping the Bellows

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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #48 on: March 21, 2019, 07:25:37 PM »

I dunno, of all the jobs that one seems the most daunting to me.

Are you going to talk about patching holes in the gussets? That's the main problem on my "project box".
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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #49 on: March 21, 2019, 07:58:53 PM »

I dunno, of all the jobs that one seems the most daunting to me.

Are you going to talk about patching holes in the gussets? That's the main problem on my "project box".


Had not though about it but can add it to the list

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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #50 on: March 21, 2019, 08:18:07 PM »

Great stuff again Lester. I am reminded again why I have a set of spare bellows, missing a fold at each end, still not finished being retaped. I just hate what this job does to my cuticles, when I'm sliding my fingers up and down the folds, to make sure the glue is evenly spread.

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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #51 on: March 22, 2019, 12:02:23 AM »

Today's video is Bushing the Bass Buttons

erm, your holes are 10mm not 100mm - just saying.
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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #52 on: March 22, 2019, 07:29:18 AM »

Does it get any more exciting - Retaping the Bellows
Another great video, Lester, thank you.
One question though. Using PVA glue for attaching the bellows tape works well, but what about in the future if/when the bellows tape needs replacing yet again? I would expect the bellows tape will be far harder, if not impossible, to remove, as a result of using PVA.

Would you advocate using the 'proper' bellows tape glue which the Italian makers use? I think the glue doesn't set rock-hard, remaining partly flexible and therefore easier to remove if need be. I've only ever had to remove small lengths of tape from italian-made bellows in order to repair worn sections, but the tape was reasonably easy to remove and came away cleanly. Charlie Marshall sells it.
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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #53 on: March 22, 2019, 08:31:05 AM »

If the YouTube video didn't fast forward through the respective bits, this could be a cracking contender for slow television.
But seriously, this series contains wonderfully clear instructions and answers so many little details.
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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #54 on: March 22, 2019, 08:16:42 PM »


I love the Speeded up bits !!   although I kept expecting the "Benny Hill" music !! ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #55 on: March 23, 2019, 02:10:26 PM »

Lester: a "family" question

If wanting to bush the bass buttons on an Erica, any reason why the same process would not work?  Or better to drill the celluloid with a 10 mm bit?  I fear either could be ugly... 

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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #56 on: March 23, 2019, 02:13:43 PM »

Also, doesn't anyone put "new rubber" on a hot rod?
« Last Edit: March 23, 2019, 05:43:10 PM by Steve C. »
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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #57 on: March 23, 2019, 02:23:30 PM »

Lester: a "family" question

If wanting to bush the bass buttons on an Erica, any reason why the same process would not work?  Or better to drill the celluloid with a 10 mm bit?  I fear either could be ugly... 

Thanks!
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I do exactly* the same job with the same tools on Ericas. Just go gently to prevent any chipping of the celluloid


* have to redo the sums, ie measure the button and the felt to allow the reamer to be marked for the correct size hole

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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
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Re: Hot Rod your Hohner
« Reply #59 on: March 24, 2019, 09:06:47 AM »

and you end up with the grille of your dreams. Nicely done Lester.

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