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Monica

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I will be doing some work on a friend's sitar soon. Among other repairs it needs, the horn bridge saddle has come loose from the wooden bridge legs. What is the best glue to fix this, and do I need to sand off any of the old adhesive first? Thanks!
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I would use shellac on it. Lightly scratch off any existing glue/shellac on the contacting pieces with sandpaper. You can wrap it up with elastics or lightly clamp it until it dries. I would wait a full day for it to dry.

I've used good old white glue for synthetic bridges. I clamped it tightly over night. Worked out well. Others will have their opinions too. I recommend shellac unless it doesn't stick.

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I will be doing some work on a friend's sitar soon. Among other repairs it needs, the horn bridge saddle has come loose from the wooden bridge legs. What is the best glue to fix this, and do I need to sand off any of the old adhesive first? Thanks!

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coyootie

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yes do remove the old glue, try some everclear ( plain grain alcohol, non poisonous!!!) if it's hide glue, or just lightly sand off the glue. use hot hide glue or Lee Valley liquid fish glue( great stuff, I use this more and m,ore these days for instrument work)
why would anyone suggest shellac?
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Monica

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Thanks for the guidance guys! (I guess I am a bit sad that nobody suggested good ol' elmers wood glue for a horn bridge, but I do understand that it is good to do these things correctly the first time to avoid more troubles down the road).
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good old shellac dries nice and hard and you can remove it if needed. In my area hide and fish glues are more difficult to get. You would have to order on line.
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yes do remove the old glue, try some everclear ( plain grain alcohol, non poisonous!!!) if it's hide glue, or just lightly sand off the glue. use hot hide glue or Lee Valley liquid fish glue( great stuff, I use this more and m,ore these days for instrument work)
why would anyone suggest shellac?

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