INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Peg Replacement


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Peg Replacement Dec 16, 2002 08:14 a.m.

I have to replace about a half dozen tarb pegs on one of my sitars. Now, I assume they come over-sized and have to be shaped to fit, the question is' do I need some type of "peg shaper" or do I use a knife, chisel, file of some sort etc,, And how would I approach doing this? What is the best tools and procedure? And as a side note, I tried doing a little jawari one one of my sitars, lost patience, hurried it up and pretty much destroyed the sound completely. If jawari means to "give life" whats the word for "bring death", thats about all I accomplished. Thanks. Oiiiioii
Re:Peg Replacement Dec 17, 2002 08:31 p.m.

You are correct sir. The new pegs come oversized, with a rough taper. If you want to get crazy with the cash (about $100) you can buy a violin peg hole reamer and a peg shaver and get those babies to fit perfectly. Or you can do it by hand, leetle by the leetle, with files, sand paper, etc. It's not difficult, just time consuming. Sand, test fit, look for shiny spots, sand, test fit, look for shiny spots; repeat over and over. Have fun
Re:Peg Replacement Dec 19, 2002 12:05 p.m.

Been there done that to one of my bridges, if you buy a good file set , then you take your time don't rush anything when it comes to working on the sitar it can only make things worse(like rushing Love) nice slow strokes with
the file move evenly down the peg with a file.then use sand paper to smooth it out. I don't know how much time I had to learn to take to get it right. have fun, and remember "good things come to those who wait".....Peace
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