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dhawal

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Sadly, my sitar had a bad accident and got its tumba broken....
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I then decided to look what inside the tumba is like.. But my eyes couldnt see anything. So I took the camera and zoomed it inside the hole and found something interesting.. It seems like 2 pieces of cloth are pasted inside it...
Can someone tell me what exactly it is and is every tumba like this from inside?
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Tumbas from Kolkata, etc. are sliced and fitted together to obtain the desired shape. The cloth strips are where they reinforced the seam with glue and cloth.
Just from observation I think Miraj sitars are grown to shape and don't do this but honestly I've never seen the inside of one from there, just assuming from what I've heard.
Either way is fine though, having a broken gourd and repairing it properly won't make one bit of difference as you can see they're that way new even....

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The Miraj sitars, at least the ones from the homies at R A Sitarmaker, never had the cloth patch jobs. They would get the soak down and wet bend to shape. On the $300 specials, broken gourds, particularly on the vocal tanpuras would get the t shirt / glue treatment to reinforce the cut and fit method, usually around the upper bit where the leafy carving would hide the cracks. Sound should not be affected. If anything, it makes for a stronger overall surface. If you're going to fix the broken gourd, you'll need scotch 2" clear packing tape and Elmer's carpenters glue.
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Thnx sitar fixer....
I am not going to fix it my self...
I have given the sitar to a person experienced in making and repairing sitars...
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Warm wishes to your baby for a speedy and complete recovery !
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thnx Lars...
I missed reading your reply earlier..
U provided me some nice info...
I also worried that the sound quality might not be same but now i know it will not suffer of the tumba is repaired rightly...
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