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Replacing a string

Tuning the tanpura

Process and problems of tuning

Playing positions and technique


















Tanpura manual

This is manual of the tanpura, including many aspects. Please look at the links on the left, for the different aspects.

Maintaining the Tanpura

Keeping the tanpura in good condition is relatively simple. Besides regular cleaning there are a few basic tips to learn. Of course it's important to know that the room temperature where you store your instrument should not be less than 5 degrees Celsius, and it should have a very low humidity level otherwise the strings will quickly rust. If either one of these factors should prove to be a problem then it is advisable to keep the instrument wrapped in a blanket and/or stored in its box.
When cleaning the instrument use a shellac based furniture polish only. Use a soft cloth, apply a little polish, wait half a minute and rub until it shines like new.





Water damage
Crack repair
This is a tumba with water damage.
This is a large crack on the back of the neck of a tanpura.