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Acelga

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Hi guys, I want to rehead an old bayan shell but have no tasma at home. I was thinking, what kind of strap or rope (don
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Shawn

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Try cotton rope. It's the old traditional way to tension bayas, and you can still see it on tabla from Benares. I have an example here: http://www.shawnmativetsky.com/tabla.html. I really prefer it to rawhide.
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Acelga

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Thanks Shawn. I prefer the old-style Banaras looking for bayans too.
I looked into it. Cotton rope is very easy to find and I found some nice local dealers on eBay who offer it at a vey decent price. But you have to purchase 100 meters and I
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I just measured the thickness of the rope, and it's just under 5mm. So, 4mm sounds perfect! Ideally, you will also need 16 metal rings, for the built-in tuning system. Maybe you can find something at the hardware store.
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Acelga

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Wow, thanks for the info, Shawn! Now I can buy the 4 mm one.
I am not sure about the rings, if I don
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Key rings should do the trick for the tuners.

When threading it, you will want to fray the rope to get rid of excess cotton at the tip and then roll it to a point with water and white glue - otherwise it will be a real pain. you should know in advance that it is going to stretch quite a lot, but once it is fully stretched it should hold the tension just fine. It will just take you a few rounds of initial pulling.

also, when threading in order to keep it from twisting on itself, feed the rope through rather than pull it. that might not make sense now, but once you start doing it, it will!
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Good advice ... the twisting is a real pain!

Hadn't thought of the key rings. They can hold the tension without bending out of shape?

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To be fair, I haven't tried the key rings yet, because I haven't needed too. But I don't see why they wouldn't, as long as you got some of the burlier ones that wrap around themselves a couple times. I don't actually think there is that much lateral tension. You could probably even get away with paper clips, though I doubt that would look very attractive.

My first set actually came with rings and rawhide badhi. Everyone says that it would rip the badhi, but going on 11 years and a couple of pudi changes I haven't had any problem. In general I like the rings much more than the gatte.

Anyhow, let us know what you end up using and if it works!
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I think there's potentially quite a bit of tension, as I have had rings actually split open a few times, and had to close them up again with pliers.
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