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Pembo

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One of the chicari posts on my sitar has broken off, leaving a very small stump behind. I would like to replace or repair it. I can find chicari posts online quite easily, but I can't work out how I would remove the stump from the old post or fix the new post in. The old post appears as if it is a permanent feature of the sitar, presumably glued in? I tried to see if it is simply a push fit and so would pull out with a pair of pliers, but all that happened is that the stump broke off even closer to the sitar body. I've not wanted to get too physical with it, without knowing what I'm doing in case I cause further damage to the sitar. Can you advise me please?
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StVitus

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Drill it out. You can buy a tiny drill called a pin vise, and matching drill bits, at a hobby store. Use that to drill out progressively larger holes in the center of the broken post. Once you’ve use the largest pin bits you can fit some small electric drill bits in a pin vise. Now try using a small round file (again from a hobby store) to rock the post out of the hole. This won’t work if it’s glued in. At that point you can finish the job very carefully with small bits in a dremel tool or a manual drill. You probably don’t need to remove the entire diameter of the old post, just get close, and then sand down the end of the new post to fit. And if you glue the new post in, only use a tiny drop of white glue so that it’s easy to remove it later.

I wouldn’t use an electric drill for this as they just spin too fast and you might lose control.
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Pembo

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Ah, many thanks. I had wondered if drilling it out was the only option, thanks for confirming that.
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and7barton

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I had the same problem. I managed to remove the stump by drilling a fine hole into it, then screwed a very small wood screw into it and pulled with pliers. It came out. I removed the other post and replaced with two steel ones that I made.
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david

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Removing the old one is a lot of work and is unnecessary.  Just drill a new hole a few millimetres away and use that one. Remember that the new hole should be ever so slightly conical rather than cylindrical.
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