Rebuilding a sitar friction tuning peg

The customer had a little accident and tipped the sitar over to the tune of a broken tuner. Lucky for us they had the original half of the tuner to work from. Here Tim grafts a new post onto the original handle of the tuner. The tuners have to fit on the tight side since friction holds them in place not a gear. The trick was to come up with a way to keep the new piece from twisting off when tuning. You can see the new wood is “keyed” into the old piece to give it some rotational strength. Then fit to the sitar with a peg shaver. Good as new!!!

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