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Subject: Re: report from hoople - er, Berkeley
Ho - well, having sent one note on this in public by mistake, I
now get to demonstrate the usefulness of a liberal arts degree.
Vinegar plus lead _makes_ lead acetate; vinegar's acetic acid.
Some years back I reported the first cases of this problem I'd
seen, in a couple of instruments whose key-end weights were made
of lead _wool_ usually sold, I was told, by plumbers shops. (Lead,
as we all know, is Pb, Plumbium, and the source of the trade's
name.) These early cases were downwind from an Asarco copper
smelter, and were enveloped in clouds of arsenic, sulfur oxides,
and heaven only knows what else. We didn't analyze the crud, but
in college we found we couldn't do the Marsh test for arsenic
'cause _everything_ in north Tacoma was positive.
Down here in sunny Berkeley, there's an air crud alert today
'cause the fog hasn't arrived on schedule, and we're urged not
to use hydrocarbon starter on the charcoal for today's feasting.
Did I jsut rite "their's?"
I was up late working on a big double by one John J.P Leek, of
Oberlin - signed only on the soundboard. It has Hubbard jacks
and certainly looks that way, but the keyboard are (very well)
homemade and the mouldings a trifle uneven; I was imagining
it to be another bootleg Hubbard knockoff. But as I looked
at it I began seeing little details which look more Dowdish
(Lord knows, I'd never say Dowdy,) including a recessed name
My intuition was right, anyway, and this is a big and fine
instrument which sounds a lot like a good Dowd, with a strong
and clear treble, wonderful chaconne bass notes, an easily
regulated action ...
For rent from MusicSources; it's going to Tiburon for American
Bach Soloists' summer festival next week. Alas, I won't be
Can anyone tell me anything about Mr.Leek?
Calhoun, from Berkeley