From what material is Gustav Becker hammer cover made?

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  1. woodlawndon

    woodlawndon Registered User
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    I'm working on a Gustav Becker regulator, first one I've done. The movement is quite dirty, no problem there but the material covering the gong hammer is pretty much gone and I'd like to replace it.

    I can't determine what the material was, some type of fibrous material. There are two slits in the hammer where the material fits, I'm not sure if I could shave a piece of leather that thin. My initial thought was to maybe place a piece of chamois in there but figured I'd ask first.

    Can anyone figure out what it might have been from the pictures and maybe offer a solution. Thanks.
    Don

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  2. Dave T

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    Most likely leather? Maybe with both ends trimmed to fit the slots.
     
  3. woodlawndon

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    I expect you're right Dave, I'll probably just have to experiment to see what sounds best.
    Don
     
  4. tom427cid

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    When new the slots were wider. the leather was slipped into place and then the ends/tabs were crimped to hold the leather.
    Hope this helps.
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  6. woodlawndon

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    Thanks folks. Tom, interesting about the crimping, makes total sense and will give me a path forward.
    Don
     
  7. Willie X

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    I might try and see if the tips would open slightly. But opening them wide and closing them back. I wouldn't go there.
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  8. Jmeechie

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    The majority of hammer leather was actually horse hide! I remember a discussion many years ago about this very subject. Cow hide is denser and causes a deeper tone, plastic tips seem to cause tinnier tone. I’ve had very good tone match with kid or goat leather as horse glue and leather is frowned upon now a days.
    And yes, the previous comments on the hammer crimping down on the material is absolutely spot on.
    Cheers,
    James
     
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