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Sitar Parts Dec 31, 2002 09:47 a.m.

I'm looking for a place that sells the Taraf Morgara, the small circular camel-bone piece that strengthens the sympathectic string holes.� One of mine cracked while tuning and I was told I could pry it out with a paperclip, has anyone done this?


Re:Sitar Parts Dec 31, 2002 09:55 a.m.

Hi, Try SilverBush music, they carry all sorts of parts for sitars. Not sure of the addy, but do search for sitar and they'll show up.
Re:Sitar Parts Dec 31, 2002 08:03 p.m.

I would not pry it out with anything, If you have a drill ,get one of the small ones, set your drill to slow speed(hopefully the size of a small nail) drill the hole in the middle, then take a nail stick it inside the hole you drilled. then slowly rock the nail back & forth ,until you can pull out the broken piece. this keeps the hole from getting bigger. Also it keeps the neck from getting cracked .........Peace
Re:Sitar Parts Dec 31, 2002 08:10 p.m.

Brian at Silverbush has'll have to fit it to the hole size though unless you can get the broken one out and measure it, then he can match it. You can sometimes get them out with a paperclip as they're not supposed to be glued it but often they are. Take a small hand (manual not electric)drill and GENTLY drill though it increasing the bit in size and the piece will crack eventually and you can get it out but be careful to go in small increments so that you don't end up drilling into the wood.......Happy New Year......
Re:Sitar Parts Dec 31, 2002 08:12 p.m.

Oh and forgot to tell you, another option is to just turn the piece until you have an intact part of it to put the string on, works quite well as long as the part of the eyelet or whatever we call it is still intact that anchors it in the hole
Re:Sitar Parts Jan 02, 2003 11:43 a.m.

thanks for the info, I might try rotating the pieces because they are still salvageable. If they aren't glued in, shouldn't they be loose if there is no string pressure?
Re:Sitar Parts Jan 02, 2003 08:25 p.m.

You "should" be able to move them but a lot of the time they've been glued in with the polish or glue or ??......


Re:Sitar Parts Jan 03, 2003 01:03 p.m.

so i guess the next question is . . . how can i loosen the piece without cracking it? thanks for the help
Re:Sitar Parts Jan 03, 2003 07:48 p.m.

Loosen it any way you can without messing up the wood but it may not come loose and then you'll have to replace it.........
Re:Sitar Parts Jan 06, 2003 02:09 a.m.

Hi sitar friends,

If you cannot rotate the piece, before messing with it, I would get something made with camel-bone, a colar or beads by example, file it to get a bit of powder, mix into it some glue in order to make a paste. Fill the crack and whipe off the excess. Once harden, 24 hours or so, put back the sympathectic string.

Have fun.


Re:Sitar Parts Jan 06, 2003 01:50 p.m.

sounds like a plan. i havent had any time to more closely examine the parts to see if theyr'e glued in. have you tried this before? what kind of glue?
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