Rewinding Music Rolls
For convenient and quick rewinding of music rolls, you can use a small cordless
screwdriver fitted with a 5mm hex bit. This will fit the hex hole in
the standard Raffin spool. These screwdrivers can sometimes be bought
very cheaply from discount stores, often for less than £5, including
Although more expensive, the new pistol-grip lithium-ion type (like the Bosch
Ixo shown below) are particularly suitable for this task.
When using the screwdriver for rewinding, I found that the bearing on the
back of the organ was not required, and actually gets in the way. So,
to allow both methods of rewinding, I made a bearing that could be hinged
down out of the way when not required. I made it from a small aluminium
offcut which I happened to have available, but it could be made out of metal
or wood. The strip is pivoted on a small woodscrew fixed into a hardwood
block on the back of the pressure box.
I made my rewind handle from a piece of brass rod, and a 5mm Allen key.
The Allen key was sawn to length with a hacksaw, and held in the handle
by a grub screw. (Allen keys are hardened, and cannot be drilled or
bent, but they can be sawn off with a normal hacksaw.)
As can be seen, I fitted my lid stay on the back of the organ, rather than
in the middle, and the hardwood block was necessary to allow the rewind bearing
to clear the lid stay. The photo below shows the rewind bearing in
its retracted state.