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Kishan Sojitara

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I just had my tabla straps retightened but the opposite sides sound “dead” and the other two sides sound fine. How should I resolve this issue?
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Your tabla is out of tune in a very common manner.  The tension is not equally distributed by the straps upon the head.  If your tabla is not too far out of tune, you may be able to get the tension balanced with your hammer and gattas.

It may help if you can think of your pudi as divided into quadrants, with opposite quadrants being equally tensioned.  Rght now, the state of your pudi may be in alternating high/low quadrants.

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