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peeceebee

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I just finished restoring an antique sarangi I was fortunate enough to acquire. It required a lot of work, I've included pictures of the stages of the restoration for anyone interested in the details. It's truly an excellent instrument, now for riyaz!

http://peeceebee.lvha.net/14-finished2.JPG

http://peeceebee.lvha.net/1-before.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/2-heavy%20wear.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/3-body%20stripped%20down.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/4-brace%20dowel%20restored.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/5-dowels%20across%20crack%20l.%20side.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/6-dowels%20across%20crack%20r%20side.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/7-route%20&%20inlay.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/8-side%20panels%20inside%20pegbox.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/9-woodwork%20done.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/10-tarab%20eyelets%20and%20bone%20fingerpad.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/11-pegs%20fitted.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/12-skin%20on.JPG
http://peeceebee.lvha.net/13-finished1.JPG
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peeceebee I am so envious. Nope. Straight out jealous.
Someday I hope to be worthy, and to have the opportunity to do such a project, on such a well loved instrument.

Great pics, thanks for sharing! May I asked the kind of wood you used to build up the sides?

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peeceebee

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For the inside of the pegbox, I used panels of mahogany- the fingerboard was inlayed with a panel of rosewood.
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`hege

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Thanks for that. I did intend to say beautiful choice for the fingerboard.
And when I say great pics, I mean GREAT pics!
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peeceebee

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The finished pics also of course include my treasured bow made by Martin Spaink- the perfect match for this very fine instrument!
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DrKashyap

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@peeceebee, I must say you took a great risk with this sarangi & concluded with perfect logical restoration. The best reward will be its tonal quality..
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peeceebee, the transition from Before to After is truly stunning! Were there any particularly sticky surprises you encountered along the way? Really beautifully done!!
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peeceebee

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Not really surprises, I could more or less see what needed to be done from the beginning- the challenge was developing good techniques to do each job. I don't have an equipped woodshop, so in some cases had to lay in tools, and there was some hit-and-miss in that, especially for setting in the tarab eyelets well. At first I was going to use a drill press, but it wasn't stable enough with the contours of the sarangi body, I ended up using a dremel tool freehand with a tapered diamond grinding bit. That bit ate ate the hard wood slowly and very evenly, giving great control. Of course each eyelet was a different dimension, each had to be individually fitted-

Esthetically the bridge was an issue- the original bridge was included, and it was in very good shape and very nicely carved, so I wanted to retain it of course, but it is curved in the legs. I don't know if it warped over time, or was originally curved(?). (It is interesting, bone-hard but colored a grained dark brown like coconut shell- don't know what material or process made it like that? I've seen a few similarly colored bridges on very old instruments...) So I ended up setting the leather strap to support the bridge at an angle even though it looks funny, giving the top of the bridge (which is straight) proper alignment, with the bridge feet sitting on the center of the strap.

http://peeceebee.lvha.net/sarangi%20bridge.JPG
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stringtester

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Amazing work! Very well done!

The walls on this sarangi look quite thinn. My sarangi have a bit thicker walls.
Is there a standard thickness for the walls or not?
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peeceebee

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There is no standardization. The soundbox on this one is unusually thin.
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kalyan

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Nice work!! That looks like it will sound great. What a transformation. Was the original bridge perhaps some kind of horn? I have seen dark colored bridges like that that were made from something like buffalo horn, but they are usually much smaller than a sarangi bridge.
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peeceebee

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That possibility was suggested to me by Nicolas Magriel, I have no idea... if so would have come from a very large horn I guess-

It does have amazing tone and resonance- very rich & lively, I'll post a clip when I get a chance-
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peeceebee

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Here's a sound file of its tone-

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