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Key pad leather?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:31 am
by bob Salter
What thickness leather for key pads? I have also heard of other materials being used for key pads, various rubbers. Do these offer any advantage over leather?

Bob

Re: Key pad leather?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:04 pm
by andymay
Hi Bob,

Nothing wrong with leather and i still have it on some of my chanters.

Latest alternative of choice for me anyway is Funky Foam.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/A4-Funky-Foam ... 3243wt_980

Which you can get in many art shops too.

Main advantages -

1. It has 'funk' in the name
2. you can get silly colours
3. you don't have to oil the pads
4. It's easier to get the chanter airtight. This is the main Good Thing. With leather pads you pad up the chanter and then spend some time carefully tweaking the ends of the keys until it all seals nicely. With the funky foam you pad up the chanter and then go watch tv for an hour while the pads mould themselves to the correct shape.

Let's see how long it lasts though - I've seen chanters with leather pads still good after 50 years.....

Cheers
A

Re: Key pad leather?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:59 am
by bob Salter
Thanks Andy,
Just been in and got some funky foam :D , will report back later on results.

Bob

Re: Key pad leather?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:21 pm
by bob Salter
Wow that stuff is great, not a single leak. Chanter just needs final tuning. Have to build a manometer for that I guess. Hmmm what to make next? Ideas anyone? A G set maybe? I need more practice key making, funny, it the little ones that are the trickiest.

Bob