Vintage Musser and Damper Question
I picked up a vintage Musser Model 45 serial# 3558 from craigslist. Is there any way to know what year it was made? I've emailed several shops and no one has had anything specific to say. Cannot find a number for Musser anywhere? My guess is that it's pre-'65 since the serial number plate does not say Ludwig on it, and I saw a Model 45 on eBay that had a different looking serial number tag that said Musser by Ludwig? Also the belt cover says "Hampton Model", not "One Nighter" like the others I've seen, if that is any clue? The wiring is all cloth insulation so it seems 60's or earlier
Any guess on value?
It sounds awesome, but the damper needs help, there are individual adjusters for each bar/key? Someone told me this was not the original design? I think that I will remove them and just replace them with one long felt strip.
Is there something special about the felt? I found industrial 1 1/2" wide felt for quite cheap compared with the replacement strips sold at music supply places. They sell it up to 1" thick, was thing 1/2" would be ok? http://www.buyfeltonline.com/product/f-13-grey-felt-1-12-wide Any thoughts? There are lots of different industrial felt grades, thought softest would be best?
thank in advance for any info, joel-