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?
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
Brian at Silverbush has those.....you'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...... Lars
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
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.