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Greg

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Hi all

I have just successfully (with my guru's help and advice and one of his nice Kolkatta puri's) re-headed one of my dayan.

No, it's not that difficult, takes a bit of brute force to pull the straps tight enough, takes a bit of time and patience to thread the tasma correctly making sure there are no twists, and as "A" says make sure your new puri fits your old shell, if necessary take the old puri off and take the shell with you when you buy a new puri, and take into account that for the first week the tasma will stretch so don't try to pull all the way up to tune on the first attempt, also keep the tasma evenly spaced around the bottom ring (kundal)...

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Way to go, Greg!!

(Trick: to keep from getting twists only pull out as much tasma as you need to go around the kundal and back up into the next hole in the gajara.
Also: as you pull the head up both the kundal and the head itself will have a tendency to pull to the side you started lacing with / after the first knot and the side you begin pulling. To keep this from happening and to keep the head and kundal both centered, pull as you would tune your dayan, alternating around from opposite sides. This method is more time consuming at first, but you save considerable more time getting an even tuning in the end.)

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Yes A, did that where you only pull enough tasma for the next hole and then feed it through...

....also agree, you need to keep the kundal even so pull opposites...

...and one last thing ..WEAR GLOVES...I have a 1/2 cm sq blister from pulling the tasma (rough as old boots!)

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...and one last thing ..WEAR GLOVES...I have a 1/2 cm sq blister from pulling the tasma (rough as old boots!)

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Greg,
Ouch! Sorry I didn't mention this sooner but there's a tool you can use to save the skin on your fingers, a short metal hook with a handle on it similiar to the kind the dock-workers use. It's good for both pulling and inserting the gatta. The one I use someone gave me but I think Kalyan at AACM might have one or two in stock: store@aacm.org

215 West End Ave. San Rafael, CA. 94901
Phone: 1-800-748-2252 or 1-415-454-0581
Fax: 1-415-454-9396

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Hi..

thanks for that A (blister healing nicely thanks), I have heard of such a tool but I used the other end of my Tabla hammer, the end that has the scraper type thing with the funny hand shaped cut out...(oh, so that's what it's for..!) and it worked quite well.

I also re pulled the dayan last night to take up some of the stretch and I think it's holding it's pitch a bit better now. Weather here is 30 deg at the moment and boy did I sweat....! It's hard work....!

I think if I was doing it on a regular basis I would think about other little tools that may help, my guru knows of someone who has developed a hydraulic clamp that secures the head down onto the shell while you are threading the tasma, I think it only grips the gajara so you don't have all that problem of pulling the head or kundal crooked when tightening, just thread the tasma, pull tight and tie if off and Bob's your uncle (or more likely nowadays, your Aunt!).

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That tool A. mentions can be made easily with parts from the hardware store. Get a piece of wood dowel, an inch or an inch and a half in diameter, and about 3 or 4" long. You know, about the size of your iSight camera!

Then get one of those metal hook-like things (think Dr. Hook or hanging an oversized fern from the ceiling)...screw it into the middle of the dowel, perpendicularly, and Ravi's your uncle.
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