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 Post subject: Original faded grill cloth or new - opinions
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:24 am 
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Victor O
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I picked up a Pathé model 10 that was in great shape (dirty but cleaning up nice). My question is that it has the original grill cloth that is intact, but reallllly faded (kind of a light pink). Am I better off replacing it to make the machine look better, or keeping it intact. Which has more value to the collectors out there


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 Post subject: Re: Original faded grill cloth or new - opinions
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:43 am 
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If you're certain the grill cloth is original I'd recommend not replacing it. From a collector's standpoint it would never be original again otherwise! If it's in tatters then that's another story. I'd replace that with a color matching the faded look, but others would want it to look as when new.
I've found it's hard to find really authentic grill cloth replacements, even among those offered on Ebay, etc.
Bob
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 Post subject: Re: Original faded grill cloth or new - opinions
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:50 am 
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Faded original all day!
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 Post subject: Re: Original faded grill cloth or new - opinions
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:42 am 
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Victor V
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An original faded cloth, particularly one in good shape, is always better than a modern replacement.

Having said that, I'm not certain yours is original. My Pathé model III has a lightweight brown silk cloth with a vertical grain. The cloth on yours does not seem to be silk and seems to have a horizontal grain.

On virtually all makes and models, grill cloths have worn out and been replaced to the point where it's difficult to say whether something that appears old is original. If you're happy with what you have, leave it alone. If you do change it, try to keep the original with the machine for future reference.


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 Post subject: Re: Original faded grill cloth or new - opinions
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:21 pm 
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It's only original once, so imnsho, keep it intact. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Original faded grill cloth or new - opinions
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:07 pm 
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I agree with the other members. Keep it as is. That way the machine is original.
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