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Offline dnarkosis

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Fix for Cracked Harp Cover?
« on: September 30, 2013, 06:47:12 PM »
Not a large crack, about 6" long with a 1" spur (like the letter L), on top (horizontal part) of cover just over the Seventy Three logo. The crack "snaps" back into place smoothly, but any weight on the cover opens the crack again. I thought about some sort of industrial tape on the inside, but that seems a rather inelegant solution. Or is it? I'd be grateful for any suggestions about how to address this issue. My site search did not turn up anything, though I confess I did not search but about this first 100 hits or so. Lots on harp cover scratches, but not on cracks.
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Re: Fix for Cracked Harp Cover?
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2013, 07:01:39 PM »
A Mark II harp cover I had came with a crack across the ribbed top. I tried to make a set of clamping cauls with a dowel and a sort of hollowed-out block of wood. I slathered the underside with black epoxy and clamped it closed.

I guess it worked fairly well but I've always been bummed about how little there is to be done with a damaged harp cover.
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Re: Fix for Cracked Harp Cover?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2013, 10:55:41 AM »
I think Vintage Vibe may be remanufacturing MkII harp covers now.
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Re: Fix for Cracked Harp Cover?
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2013, 03:55:30 PM »
Thanks for the replies. This is a Mark 1 suitcase cover. But, yes, it irks me, too, that there is no definitive solution.

David: Thanks for the pictures. I thought about something similar but was a little unsure about getting clamps into position. In any case, do you happen to remember the brand or type of epoxy?
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Re: Fix for Cracked Harp Cover?
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2013, 04:33:02 PM »
Thanks so much; duly noted.
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