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hackleman

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Some things are actually fixable...
Here is a recent repair to a BADLY busted tabli:
http://www.hacklemanshop.com/photo-album--blog/one-very-busted-soundboard

Figured ya'll would enjoy seeing this.
-Scott
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barend

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Wow! What happened between the before and after picture? Nice job!
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katyrow

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Scott -- Love the semi-mat sheen on the finish. What did you use?
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hackleman

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katyrow - the finish is straight-on shellac/french polish. I like the semi-mat look, so I rub it out with carnuba &0000 steelwool instead of the usual high-gloss routine.
thanks, barend - a whole lot went on between before & after, that's for sure...
taking everything apart to suss-out the damage - removing all the celluloid pen-work - taking apart the tabli and tumba (sometimes you have to break it more in order to put it back together properly, that can be tricky) - gluing the tabli break was done in stages over a week or so ('cold-cure' penetrating epoxy) - re-assembling it all (traditional glues there)...fortunately it was a clean break!
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Just fantastic Scott...great job!

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Excellent job, Scott.
It looks good as new.
Probably better than new.
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coyootie

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so, a sitar from Rikhi Ram, no doubt as high priced as you can get in India, and it was constructed poorly, with a bad tabli/ tumba joint,leading to this break where it was stressed. probably sounds better now than when it left RR's shop.
once again, caveat emptor, if you buy 'brand named' badged sitars in India.... the only REAL criterion for an instrument is when YOU play it. how many duds have been produced by the biggies? I had a genuine KL some time back- really a piece of junk.One of the lousiest sounding sitars I ever had, but someone just had to have it because it was a KL!
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