This blog post follows on from 1187: Premier 600 Xylo (pt 1)
After all the xylo notes have been varnished, they get tuned and resealed.
The last part of the job is to service the frame. The note pegs on these Premier xylophones are solid rubber mouldings. Because they are natural rubber they do age and become brittle, this process can be slowed by removing UV exposure. Just like people do to prevent sunburn, this can be achieved simply by covering up with a blanket.
I do have a diminishing supply of these note pegs; like most parts I have for obsolete instruments, I strictly control the distribution. The last few are to be used to repair as many instruments as possible. They are not to sit on someone else’s shelf just in case they need them for their particular instrument in the future – I deem that selfish, and it won’t happen on my watch!
Premier offered me the moulds to make these parts, however besides storage problems (they are massively heavy), the cost of making the parts was prohibitive. Essentially the moulds are too old compared to modern techniques. At some point however, (when funds allow,) I will invest in the equipment I need to make alternative spares using different materials.