i just got a new set of tablas two months ago. when i got them the dahini was tuned at c# and has been dropping pitch ever since. i even pulled another stap over all the tuning pegs which raised the pitch but it then dropped again. It's now tuned to Bb. Is this normal? I guess I got the tablas right when it started getting colder. Does the tabla usually drop pitch in the winter? Maybe I should just pull another strap over all the pegs? any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Yes .... as the atmosphere becomes more moist with increased humidity, rawhide straps and skins will soften, expand and loosen .... contrariwise ... as the atmosphere dries out rawhide will stiffen and tighten ... resulting in a higher note ... as advised to RAYMONDJI in yesterday's post .... the answer is more or bigger tuning-pegs.