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This is the hot setup. A notch can be cut right where you see the string on this pic.
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AllenDS, please tell me what you have under your mankas, and how well does this work, as opposed to leather. Obviously you've chosen not to use sandpaper, can you tell me why?

Personally, I've used deerskin on the undersides of the manka in order not to mar the surface of the wood, but I'm not so sure that I'm happy with that.

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AllenDS, please tell me what you have under your mankas, and how well does this work, as opposed to leather.
Thanks for asking, Omster, 'cause this was an experiment that turned out alright. I detest the look of sand paper on sitars. To me, it looks ugly and it gives me that impression the player isn't smart enough to think on his own and figure this out! :roll: I'm sorry if I sound opinionated and blunt, but there..... I said it. ops:

The material in my photo is plain old self-sticking Dr. Scholl's Moleskin. I have used thin leather from a nice old glove with good results too, but that is on a different instrument. Moleskin was just something I had in the house and I'll admit, it was a bad idea at first. :evil: Moleskin was too slippery to do the job. Also, the manka would rock in place slightly when I pushed on it rather than move & stay where I wanted it to go, but this sitar is not my main instrument, so these aggravations weren't a big deal. But here's the thing: I don't remember how long it took, but it isn't slippery or squishy anymore! Maybe it works better now that it has been flattened by pressure for a long time.

I still think there are better materials for the job (Tony K's birdies work their tails off for me on my main squeeze), but this stuff is finally working for me, so I'm not changing it any time soon.

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The material in my photo is plain old self-sticking Dr. Scholl's Moleskin. I have used thin leather from a nice old glove with good results too, but that is on a different instrument.
Yes, I also hate the sandpaper. Gluing a small piece of leather on the bottom of the beads/swan will do the job. Only the beads are oval so you might want to flatten the bottom first.
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Ok, made a new slot this morning, here's how it looks without the string:
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/barendtromp/S5002765.jpg

here's how the loop fits in the new slot:
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/barendtromp/S5002767.jpg

while I was there I also made of picture of the swan's bottom :
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e306/barendtromp/S5002763.jpg

Tony, let me know what you think of my notch if you will. I think Macgyver would be proud but does it need adjustments? Didn't have the chance to see if it holds the tuning better or not.
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Nice job on the brass tailpiece. With the duckie, check to see that the contact surface is full flat on the tabli. If there is a wedge of daylight between the duckie and the tabli, Mr. Duckie will rock during meend. It will also creep up to the bridge as there is only a fraction of surface area holding it in place. ( neat guitar you have there, too ).
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( neat guitar you have there, too ).
Yes, it is....and I would make the point to all posters to check their privacy settings when posting pics from Photobucket or some other such pic hosting site, I would imagine it might be quite easy to post a pic and not realize that the others in the folder are also visible....

potential ops: ops: ops: ops: ops: ops: ops:!!!!!!

PS I've also posted this on the "These Forums" page...

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( neat guitar you have there, too ).
Yes, it is....and I would make the point to all posters to check their privacy settings when posting pics from Photobucket or some other such pic hosting site, I would imagine it might be quite easy to post a pic and not realize that the others in the folder are also visible....
Yes, I was not aware that my other pictures were visible too. Although there nothing that is secret here. Don't know how to avoid this....Anyone knows how to do this?
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In Photobucket you can create libraries that can be set as private, pw protected or public...create a public one for things you want people to see and a private one for those you don't, once set a little padlock appears by the library...
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ok, thanks! think I have set it right now.
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here an update to the tuning problems of the main string:
-did cut a new string slot at the metal tail piece (see pictures). But still tuning problems.
-made a new cleaner loop. But still tuning problems.
So the problem is not the slot or the loop.

Tuning problems mostly occur with larger 5 tone meends (say Sa to Pa).

Now I think the swan is the problem. I have glued a piece of leather under the swan like I also did on my other sitar (see also pictures).
Yesterday I used this non skip (anti-slip) material to put on top of the tabli under the swan and that worked. Can this material also be glued under the swan like the piece of leather? It's the stuff they put under carpets so that the carpet doesn't slip.
It is this stuff: http://www.botmanbv.nl/nl/webshop/menu/anti-slip-155
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Five tone meend? Get out of it. I just tried a three semitone meed this afternoon and had to go pick up the end of my first and second fingers off the floor (see avatar for replay).

Also fiddle fine tuners. Why no use? Mr Swan is cute, but hey we have screw threads these days.

Wait, Mr Swan is faster during performance, that's why.

Learning, learning....
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