Raw Materials for Early Musical Instruments
Lead wire is used to weight and counterbalance the keys and jacks of the keyboarded instruments. Inserting lead wire in the keys and jacks is preferably to pour melted lead as fumes can be toxic.
We offer pre-cut lead wire of several dimensions in bags containing 100 pieces each.
Cork's elasticity combined with its near-impermeability makes it suitable for musical instruments, particularly woodwind instruments, where it is used to fasten together segments of the instrument, making the seams airtight.
Conducting baton handles are also often made out of cork.
Agglomerated cork is not suitable for woodwind instruments as it breaks easily, but we offer it because you can use for other purposes (clamps, mat, protection, stop for keys, etc.)
The solid cork blocks are grouped in the market into eight classes according to the degree of defects on the cork surface. These defects appear in the form of random-shaped holes, cracks, and others. We only keep a stock of the best quality.
What about bottled liquid hide glue? Liquid animal glues are readily formulated from the usual hot animal glue solutions by the addition of suitable jell-depressant, such as urea, which serves to retard and depress the rate of gelation of the glue. Adding 2-3% urea increases the gelation time up to 5-10 minutes. An addition of 15% urea keeps the glue liquid at room temperature. If that’s the way for you to give hide glue a try, go for it. But use it before the expiration date.
How hot hide glue compares with other wood adhesives:
Among all the animal glues that are produced, we choose the best suited for musical instrument making:
Gram strength (bloom) is 256.
Aliphatic is yellow wood glue used for applications with hardwoods. Sets harder than PVA glue giving better sanding and will take a stain. Also has longer joint open time but faster grab. Use when durable long lasting joints are needed. Ideal for musical instruments, picture frames etc or where extreme accuracy is needed. Sets at low temp, water resistant.