Readers, If you have gut or nylon strings on your lautenwerk then it is
definately worth fussing with leather.
And if you have a real peau de buffle choir, even real quill won't
do. Indian water buffalo hide however
can be a bit difficult to obtain evan as antique military belts in
the shops of Paris. A year ago I tryed unsucessfully to import some moose
hide to use for buff pads from Alberta. The moose hide business was
suffering along with the economy. I wound up gluing some really soft brown
leather (perhaps dear) to the wonderful neoprene wet suit material I
normally use for buff pads. I would like to hear your leather related
stories. Jack Peters
From: Harpsichords and Related Topics
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Ray Lurie
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 6:11 PM
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Subject: Re: voicing leather plectra
Quoting Jack Peters <[log in to unmask]>:
> I think leather plectra died out because you can get delrin to
> without working so hard. Getting the old leather out without breaking
> tongue can be a challenge. Findind hard enough leather (Neupert
> still has
> it) is another chore.
The Instrument Workshop (http://www.fortepiano.com/plectra.htm#leather)
also sells leather plectra (100 for $25) and notes, "If you send us the
dimensions of your mortises, we will adjust the thickness and shape of
the plectra to fit your needs."
They also sell a leaflet, "Converting from Leather to Delrin Plectra"
for $1.50 (http://www.fortepiano.com/plectra.htm#lit).