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Indian Sitar (Mumbai)

The first problem with the tumba of this sitar was the metal piece that was screwed into the wooden headstock was lose from over tightening. The bit was glued in to insure there was no more room for moving and allowed for a uniform join in the headstock. Below the tumba is pictured with fixed connector.











The next problem encountered was the inlaid siding at the bottom of the sitar was popping out from being hit with the case. Glue was lightly placed under the siding and pressure was applied equally around with hot and sturdy wax bar to fill in the







celluloid inlay that had popped off to help cover up the missing white areas. This same technique was applied at three different areas around the instrument. (Picture at the left.)















This instrument was very fragile to work with but the inlay is no put back in to fortify the entire structure of the instrument. The sympathetic strings needed to be changed which is a difficult task making the string say on the tuning peg while it lies underneath the Dandi or neck cover. TO install the string you need to feed it from the saddle to the tuning peg and thread it through the wooden holes and twist it around the tuning peg outside the instrument and then put the tuning peg back in.

This is the back of the neck near the body, the siding has popped off due to changes in moisture. This was the most difficult to fix because of the amount it was warped

Serviced Sitar