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 Post subject: Cracked Bilma
PostPosted: 28.06.2008, 20:39 
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This one developed a hairline crack while sitting unused in a closet. The problem is that the crack runs almost the entire length. I never intended to use these for players, so the only logical explanation is that the wood was improperly cured when worked (worked green in other words). I'm doubting there's much I can do but thought I'd ask if its possible to fix this. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Bilma
PostPosted: 28.06.2008, 22:32 
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I wouldn't worry about this unless the crack goes all the way through and the stick separates. The sound shouldn't be compromised and sometimes cracks like this move back together in time.


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Bilma
PostPosted: 28.06.2008, 23:17 
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Thanks K, I don't know how deep the crack goes and I'm not really sure if it has affected the sound since I never really played them before it appeared. Hopefully they will go back like you said, but the crack has been there since last summer :?


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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Bilma
PostPosted: 29.06.2008, 00:02 
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Hi Again

I have exactly the same thing with a set of Bob Burruwal sticks like yours, they were cracked when I bought them from Manningrida Arts but too costly to send back, I have purposely played them quite a bit over the last 6 months or so to see how they would fare and the crack has not altered at all. So as Kyle said, don't worry too much.

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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Bilma
PostPosted: 29.06.2008, 15:18 
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Hi there

I got from Kyle a set of Ambrose Cameron and received them with a crack larger than this one and it never move more or affect the sound .Afterall this is wood .I dont think you should worry ,enjoy them.

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 Post subject: Re: Cracked Bilma
PostPosted: 29.06.2008, 17:24 
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Interesting GGW, the fact that you and oz also had this problem makes me think cracks might be common. I know that a few of the vintage Bilma I've seen for sale online say hairline crack but does not affect sound. I'm trying to think of all possibilities here-- maybe the wood is being worked before it has cured, leading it to contract later on and crack, or maybe it is a property of the species of wood--it may be hard, strong, and heavy, but perhaps its shock resistance is low.


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