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Erin
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PostPosted: 2013-12-19, 22:50    Post subject: Preventative Bindings Reply with quote

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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.
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PostPosted: 2013-12-20, 03:03    Post subject: Preventative Bindings Reply with quote

My philosophy is wait for it to crack and then bind it. Unless there are already hairline cracks, then get it bound as a precautionary measure. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 2013-12-20, 19:48    Post subject: Preventative Bindings Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: 2013-12-21, 06:03    Post subject: Preventative Bindings Reply with quote

Yes climate is an important factor. When I moved to Australia, Riley Lee said not to worry about bindings if you live near the coast.
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PostPosted: 2013-12-24, 23:08    Post subject: Preventative Bindings Reply with quote

Thanks guys, I appreciate your feedback. Okay
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