I am a first year music teacher and am working on tackling a potentially difficult task: repairing careless treatment of Orff Xylophones and Glockenspiels. I have the repair kits that come with the rubber knobs/nails/cording. The main issue with most of the instruments is that the rubber knobs are broken in half. I have tried multiple times to get the left over rubber parts out of the wooden frame of the xylophones but they are glued in VERY well. Any suggestions on how to get these rubber parts out of the xylophones so I can get these repairs made? I have Studio 49 orff instruments.
heat is always a good loosener of glue so maybe some source of heat that can be applied locally (without being so hot as to scorch the wood) would work for you (hair dryer maybe?). I know luthiers have all kinds of tools for applying and removing glue to instruments (they usually use hide glue which I believe is water soluble) so you might look on something like http://www.stewmac.com/ and see if they have something, or any website that deals with violin construction and repair. The other solution might be to drill it out with an electric drill, but that might be tricky going through rubber . . .
I’m wondering if this might be a time to bring in outside help. Do you have anyone in your school who is in charge of the physical plant? That’s who I go to if I can’t figure out those sorts of issues by myself. Good luck!
Council for General Music Member-at-Large
call West music, or Studio 49 and see what they say about dissolving the glue, or call the folks at West Music – they can help as well.
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