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What are your thoughts on removing 'preventative' bindings?
Obviously the binder thought there was a risk of the bamboo cracking hence the bindings over an area where there is no existing crack.
I prefer my flutes with minimal extras so normally would not request binding unless the flute was already displaying signs of a crack starting. I'm getting a flute that has quite a few bindings covering over half the flute with no crack whatsoever in that area. So, if I took the chance and removed those bindings would I suddenly be tempting fate? Would I hear 'crack!" in the middle of the night some time after my rash de-binding of the flute?
I'd be interested in your thoughts on this. _________________ "everything changes"
Posted: 2013-12-20, 19:48 Post subject: Preventative Bindings
Obviously, binding is a matter of personal preference unless the shakuhachi has already cracked. I do preventative bindings on all my shakuhachi because of the climate here in Texas. In 10 years I have never had a flute crack in reasonable indoor and outdoor use. I keep most of my shakuhachi out in the open in my house, but put them in moisture proof bags when I transport them outside. In one case, I removed the bindings done by the maker before I bought the flute. It remained unbound for several months before I rebound it. No cracks appeared. I use very thin high tensile strength fishing line called PowerPro for my bindings. It does not bother me either visually or tactility and gives me peace of mind. I doubt your shakuhachi would suddenly "explode" given the rather damp climate in British Columbia. _________________ "The means are the end in the making" -Mohandas K Gandhi