Search:
Submit Search


Felt for Pedalboard

Building organ consoles for use with Hauptwerk, adding MIDI to existing consoles, obtaining parts, ...

Felt for Pedalboard

Postby Albo » Thu May 11, 2017 5:46 am

Hi
I've had a pedalboard in my garage for a few years and now I've retired will have time to spend restoring it's use for Hauptwerk. When I took it apart, the felt underneath the front of the pedalboard appeared badly worn. I want to replace this. Has anyone got any suggestions as to the grade of felt to use or are there any alternatives?

Thanks
Alan
Albo
Member
 
Posts: 22
Joined: Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:49 am
Location: East Riding or Yorkshire, UK

Re: Felt for Pedalboard

Postby Andrew Grahame » Thu May 11, 2017 8:43 am

Your best bet would be to locate a supplier of piano materials near to where you live. For pedalboards you need "cushion felt". The thickness will influence the depth of touch. AGO console dimensions state that this should be ½ inch at the front line of the sharps.
Andrew
Andrew Grahame
Member
 
Posts: 778
Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:51 am
Location: Sydney, Australia

Re: Felt for Pedalboard

Postby magnaton » Thu May 11, 2017 11:22 am

Be careful not use "piano felt" which tends to be hard and very compressed. Felt for an organ pedal board is called "bumper felt" or sometimes "down felt". Andrew is correct, 1/2" thick and needs to be soft so a hard pedal attack (bottom felt) or quick release (top felt) will remain silent.

Here in the states, I had to contact a professional organ (build/repair) company as the parts supplier wouldn't sell to me directly.

Danny B.
User avatar
magnaton
Member
 
Posts: 239
Joined: Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:28 pm
Location: Austin, TX

Re: Felt for Pedalboard

Postby jkinkennon » Thu May 11, 2017 12:26 pm

I've used F7 felt strips 1" wide by 1/2" deep available in a variety of lengths from Grainger here in the U.S. I've also tried F3 which is a bit more durable but noisier so i guess that's the tradeoff as the F7 is quiet but softer and will compress in less time than a firmer grade like F3.

Price is very fair at Grainger. Just do a search on their site for 'F7 felt strip'.
jkinkennon
Member
 
Posts: 855
Joined: Thu May 07, 2009 10:43 am
Location: Vancouver, WA

Re: Felt for Pedalboard

Postby Andrew Grahame » Thu May 11, 2017 12:28 pm

Just to clarify - I didn't specify an actual thickness of felt. The ½ inch measurement refers to depth of touch ( the amount of key travel). You would need to figure out the felt thickness to give this much key travel.
Andrew
Andrew Grahame
Member
 
Posts: 778
Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:51 am
Location: Sydney, Australia

Re: Felt for Pedalboard

Postby jkinkennon » Thu May 11, 2017 12:33 pm

I agree on the thickness of the felt needing to match the pedalboard. The 1/2" will be right for the Rodgers and Allen consoles and was correct for one AOB pedalboard I have. Others, especially older pedalboards, might well need a different thickness or even width for that matter.
jkinkennon
Member
 
Posts: 855
Joined: Thu May 07, 2009 10:43 am
Location: Vancouver, WA

Re: Felt for Pedalboard

Postby Albo » Thu May 11, 2017 12:41 pm

Hi Many thanks for your replies.

This has given me something to work with. Thanks again

Alan
Albo
Member
 
Posts: 22
Joined: Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:49 am
Location: East Riding or Yorkshire, UK

Re: Felt for Pedalboard

Postby johnh » Fri May 12, 2017 12:58 am

Organ Supply Industries offers part number

6110.00 "Pedal Hammer Rail Felt".
Select gray felt for up and down
stops at toe end of pedal keyboard
thumper bars.

54"L x 1-1/2"W x 1/2" T
User avatar
johnh
Member
 
Posts: 688
Joined: Sat Mar 15, 2003 7:51 pm
Location: Monterey Bay Area of California

Re: Felt for Pedalboard

Postby GrahamH » Fri May 12, 2017 5:22 am

In the UK, Kimber-Allen list pedal board felt in their catalogue (which you can view on-line and download), but no details, so you would need to telephone.
Proper felt costs an arm and a leg - so by the time handling, carriage and VAT charges have been added, be prepared for an arm and two legs. But having the proper stuff certainly makes for a nice job.
If you know a friendly Organ Builder that would be a good avenue to try.

Graham
GrahamH
Member
 
Posts: 495
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:39 am
Location: Near Manchester, England

Re: Felt for Pedalboard

Postby Albo » Fri May 12, 2017 5:40 am

Thank you again for the suggestions of some organ suppliers and builders. Thanks. Most helpful.

Alan
Albo
Member
 
Posts: 22
Joined: Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:49 am
Location: East Riding or Yorkshire, UK


Return to DIY organ consoles / MIDI

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests