RWL Posted July 29, 2012 Share Posted July 29, 2012 Several of the "points" on the bellows of my 48 key Lachenal EC have air leaks. Someone appears to have done a previous home repair that might have included silcone glue. A photo of what I'm looking at is attached below. I do have the Elliot repair manual. I'm not sure if I'm interpreting his instructions correctly. It sounds like I need a strip / strips of leather called a top skive or top run. Where in the USA is a good place to order these, and what term do I use to order them in the US? Maybe once I see what these look like, the answer to my question(s) will be obvious, but do you just patch the affected points, or is the correct repair to run a top strip the whole circumference of the affected pleat? Elliot's book mentions using PVA (Elmers glue / white glue). Is that what you all use or do you use hide glue? I have hide glue, so using that instead isn't a problem. Do I also need to add a patch on the inside of the bellows? If so, what material do I use there? This problem must have been addressed here previously, but I wasn't successful in finding threads using the search function here. Is there an old thread here, or a web site somewhere on the net illustrating what needs to be done? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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