Eschle Singing Bird Bellow Repair

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  1. TheTickTockDoc

    TheTickTockDoc Registered User

    Oct 9, 2009
    New Port Richey, Florida USA
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    Hello Friends: Well, not strictly horological in nature, many of the principals are the same. Here I have a bellows for a Eschle Singing Bird in a Cage. Although it looks pretty straight forward, I was wondering if anyone had any tips for repairing this. I have done a little Google research and didn't find much. I can replace the material like I do for cuckoo's, although I've seen some talk of using vinyl medical gloves for material. This looks like leather or a paper material. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Rich


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  2. Tinker Dwight

    Tinker Dwight Registered User

    Oct 11, 2010
    Calif. USA
    The material is goat skin. It is available at most clock part suppliers.
    There are newer materials that will last longer, called Tyvek.
    The material that you can get from suppliers is of the proper thickness
    to work for bellows. Most other material is too thick. Most easily
    available tyvek it too thick, like house vapor cover or envelopes.
    Rubber glove material will not hold a fold well and is unlikely to work
    well. I doubt it will last as long as proper goat skin.
    Do a search on the MB here. There are several good post on doing bellows.
    To get the proper fold, when cutting the material, the open end should
    be square. Opening too much will cause the folds to interfere. Less
    than square will not fully expand.
    A relatively new US dollar bill has been said to work well. I've not
    tried this. I've used both goat skin and tyvek.
    Tinker Dwight
  3. TheTickTockDoc

    TheTickTockDoc Registered User

    Oct 9, 2009
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    I generally have a supply of bellows material from Merritt's that I use for cuckoos. I'm sure it will work's kind of a Tyvek material I believe.
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    Ralph Registered User
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  5. senhalls

    senhalls Registered User

    Apr 4, 2006
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    YouTube has a series of videos on this restoration . "Griesbaum whistler bellows restoration" There are five or six videos . More than the bellows are all the valves inside to inspect or restore . Ignoring those valves makes bellows covering a waste of time .
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