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assingh

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Hello Friends,

I bought a new Tabla recently which was set for D# and it's size is 5.25. I tuned it several times but it keeps dropping so I have it on three straps now. Should I try to tune with one more strap which 4th and then tune it ? Or pull it and then get to 1 or 2 straps?

Please advise?

Thanks!

A.S Singh
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TablaBeatz

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I personally find the tabla too bulky looking on 4 straps - but I've seen many videos of performers using 4 straps so don't think it is an issue

Some ppl are of the opinion 4 straps is too much and time for retightening


I live in an area with variable weather - I find that when i de-tune my tabla after each use - it holds onto tune long and doesnt need re-tightening as much
but it is a bit of a pain to tune it up everytime before play
(so its a bit of a zero sum game)

Happy new year by the way peeps!

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Originally Posted by "assingh"
Hello Friends,

I bought a new Tabla recently which was set for D# and it's size is 5.25. I tuned it several times but it keeps dropping so I have it on three straps now. Should I try to tune with one more strap which 4th and then tune it ? Or pull it and then get to 1 or 2 straps?

Please advise?

Thanks!

A.S Singh
I very much sympathize with your dilemma! I myself invariably go for the fourth strap before do anything drastic like re-pulling the whole thing for fear I'll screw it up. There's a good chance that the 4rth strap approach will work and can give you a reprieve of several months before the inevitable pull is required.

Pascal

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I've had my Calcutta dayan on 4 straps for a while (6+ months) now but my teacher is recommending to get it pulled..for some reason I have found it very sensitive when on all 4 straps..
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Tablas will be in the most balanced configuration on 2 or 4 straps. 4 just looks odd, but it should perform better than when it was on 3. Depending on the quality of the pudi it may have stretched unevenly by then. Your strap might also be the issue. Repulling will give you a clean slate and is probably your best option unless you want to invest in a system like I'm offering

Best of luck,

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The only problem with the 4 straps,as somebody pointed out in some old thread, is that you reach your limit of tension, so if you have to play in some place where the humidity is higher and your tabla pitch drops, you will have a problem and probably have to repull before the performance, when it would have been easier going from 3 straps to 4 (2 to 3, 1 to 2). But if you are sure you are not going to need the tabla outside, you can keep it at home under 4 straps like I do with most of mine. I don
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The only problem with the 4 straps,as somebody pointed out in some old thread, is that you reach your limit of tension, so if you have to play in some place where the humidity is higher and your tabla pitch drops, you will have a problem and probably have to repull before the performance, when it would have been easier going from 3 straps to 4 (2 to 3, 1 to 2). But if you are sure you are not going to need the tabla outside, you can keep it at home under 4 straps like I do with most of mine. I don
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