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Casey Edwards

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Have any of you experimented with pre-soaking the tasma before re-heading, making it more pliable? What were your conclusions?

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Aanaddha

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Have any of you experimented with pre-soaking the tasma before re-heading, making it more pliable? What were your conclusions?

Thanks,
Casey
No, never saw the need for it - besides it would make your tasma look all fuzzy when it dries.
IMHO - The real problem here isn't cosmetic or ease of re-heading, but the real likelihood of the skin wicking the moisture from the wet tasma to the shayhi - when moisture gets trapped inside the shell it will eventually seek to get out through the underside of the puri.

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Hi,

I also would reccomend against wetting the tasma. It seems to me that once the tasma has been wet, it dries up even more afterwards, making future pullings of the tabla quite difficult, and making the tasma more brittle and likely to break.

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Chaz

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as a side-note on this subject, I've begun replacing the leather straps on my drums with synthetic cord. I buy it from a local djembe manufacturer. I'm certainly not the first person to do this, but I'm pleased with the results. It gives my drums a unique appearance, and it's much easier to work with than leather: pliability is never an issue. And if the cord is thick enough there is relatively little slipping while you're balancing the drum.
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sohummusicals

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Keep the tasma in water for not more than 5 mins. then remove it and just rub it with a cloth to remove the droplets. the tasma will become lil soft and easier to pull through the gajra. Use a good quality tasma and u don;t have to worry about breaking.
My men have been wetting the tasma and using it, its not a bad practice at all. I have sold more than 100 tablas and daggas, and i assure u about it, do soak it but for not more than 5 mins, or the tasma will get fat and screw up the whole process.

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