Tuesday, August 7, 2012
"Ouch," said the Pouch
Pouches and diaphragms from the Skinner organ’s choir division begin a process of repair. Photos are courtesy of technician Stephen Warner.
The final photo is of two pouches off a pouchboard. The dowel on the back is meant to hold the spring secure. Though the springs are correct, Skinner pouches have a second disk with a hole in the center inside which the spring fits.
A pouchboard proper is photographed above. Skinner-style valves, which do not have huge felt pads, will be used in the repair. Note the top, where missing pouches represent the (once playable) upper twelve notes.
This is a photo of the pitman rail. Once again, the super octave was taken out of commission; it was filled with dowels. The paper packing of the pouchboard was also left unpunched.
The primary pouches for the Dulciana borrow action are still original.