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Felt cut to bar length. Select correct width and height. Item is a single piece of felt, while the picture shows a number of them for illustration.

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Felt cut to bar length. Select correct width and height.

A word about sizes:

We have provided drop down boxes to allow you to specify sizes but it may make a simple thing difficult. Note that there only a few actual sizes available as follows:

Model C 21 bar for Oscar Schmidt - 1/4 wide by 3/16 high

Model A/B for USA vintage 12 or 15 bar factory chord assemblies - 5/16 wide by 1/4 high

Model D for contemporary 15 bar assemblies from either Oscar Schmidt or Chromaharp and related brands - 5/16 wide by 3/16 high

Chromaharp 21 chord - 7/32 wide by 3/16 high

Most but not all luthier built instruments use model C felt (1/4 by 3/16).

Lumbert Mountain instruments use a size not carried and can be obtained from the builder (Buck Lumbert).

Note that refelting is commonly done by felting the whole bar and then cutting V-shaped notches over the strings that must sound to make the chord. This uses more felt than little chunks but is more accurate and stable with sloped sides on the remaining felt. That is also a much faster method of installing felt. Cutting is done with a very sharp blade such as a single edge razor blade retained in a handle.

Sizes are by bar width. Actually the felt is about 1/64 more narrow than the bar to ensure alignment without rubbing against a neighboring bar's felt. A 21 bar Oscar Schmidt would use "model C" felt referred to as 1/4" but actually a little less than that or no more than 1/4".

A 21 bar Chromaharp or related brand would use 7/32".

A 15 bar, two button row factory bar set, regardless of brand would use 5/16", but one must select height dimension by brand/model.

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