The joint between the gulu and dandi of this old left-handed Rikhi Ram sitar became loose. A tiny little gap was seen between the two pieces when the sitar was tuned properly.
So, the whole sitar has to be opened to reach the joint surfaces and to be glued again.
Here the original joint is seen properly.
Because I was unable to loosen this joint, I decided to make a new one out of a piece of mahogany.
I also made it fit accurately, as it is done in the construction of acoustic guitars.
So, no need of driving screws into the gulu.
After this, the body is to be closed again. First the top plate is glued to the dandi.
Secondly, the tabli is glued to the tumba and gulu. Hot glue is used.
Finally the body is ready for finishing touch…
But, I think I also should try to find a better way for loosening the original joint…
Some years later there is another opportunity, and (quelle coincidence), it is also a RR, the Rolls Royce of Sitars… by means of steam ?
Yet another “cheap and easy” joint repair is described here.