Fixing Up Old Vibraphone
I acquired a Yamaha YV-1600 that seems to have been stored in a rather dusty and humid environment. I just finished cleaning it completely, getting crud out of the resonators and using about a hundred Q-Tips to get all the dirt out of every crevice.
The good news is that I was able to give it a complete inspection and there is little to no damage. Everything is intact and I don't need to locate any replacement parts.
The bad news is that the motor doesn't work and the felt on the damping bar is pretty messed, so I have a few questions:
1) Is there a good cleaner for getting the oxidation off the keys? A friend suggested some super fine steel wool and oil, but I'm concerned about messing up the tuning.
2) Has anyone here retrofitted their damping system using gel pads? I picked up this idea from the Wikipedia article about vibraphones and it sounds like it might be a good approach to take.
3) The controller on this instrument seems to be fine - the light turns on and the slider is smooth. I suspect the motor is shot and I was going to check out the electronics with a circuit tester. Does anyone have experience with this? Any idea where replacement parts can be purchased?
The instrument sounds about 100 times better since I cleaned it and has a gorgeous sound. I'm just wondering what it will take to bring it to the next level, especially the damper bar.
Thanks in advance for any and all responses!