recommended dilruba action

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recommended dilruba action

Post by coyootie » Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:59 am

greets all the vitat wallahs.
I'm restoring a lovely old dilruba- could be ca 1930's, all friction pegs, 17 tarafs,the frets were originally tied with red gut. The 6 highest tarafs were steel, the rest bronze/brass- very corroded!
the strings length is right at 25". I had to replace the bridge and nut, all the frets ( glad I don't have to do this every day) splice in a piece of rosewood at the end of the taraf ledge,carve 1 taraf peg, and I made some square tapered bushings for the 4 main pegs. The walls of the pegbox were pretty thin and I had to reset the pegs ,as usual, it was done very badly in the past.
remarkably the skin is fine. it has a feature I haven't seen before- a 1- 1/2'"wide strip of skin, same as the main skin, glued underneath the face, it's clearly visible. this instead of the leather belt we see more often.
The instrument is quite light and a sort of golden toon apparently. I have most of the strings on and this babe is going to be fine again.
question for the dirubists- what's the lowest action I could do at the highest fret? seems that it can be very low indeed as long as it bows without fret rattle.

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Re: recommended dilruba action

Post by OM GUY » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:31 am

Pardon me for not knowing the answer to your question, but I for one would very much like to see both before and after photos of your gem! Best of luck with the restoration!! A true labour of love! :)
Let's hope 2016 is less violent and that people discover the soothing influence of ICM. Hari OM!

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Re: recommended dilruba action

Post by Blue Moon » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:51 am

I place a tabla-ring under the bottom.It will hold the instrument in a fixed position.
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