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I removed the upper tumba and yoke from my surbahar because. being a spun wood tumba, all ot really did was add weight. I noticed that there is no hole in the neck under the yoke. Is this because a surbahar is resonant enough that a hole is not needed and a real gourd would resonate on its own? Or is it just because this surbahar is cheap and the upper tumba is decorative?
Most of them don't have a hole as the headstock is solid. A lot of the gourd function is to add mass to the headstock area which increases the sustain, something overlooked generally in discussions but it's a noticeable difference.
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