So, I finally own my own berimbau. I have successfully unstrung and restrung it a few times (although I'm still getting the hang of stringing it tightly enough). I've got a question though on how to handle it unstrung. Should I leave the arame (the string) hanging loose? Should I wrap it loosely around the verga (the main rod)? Loop it more tightly so that it's flush?

  • As you're talking about unstringing and restringing, have you thought about how an archer stores their bow?
    – Mike P
    Jan 12, 2017 at 10:39
  • That is possible, but it seems like there's a difference in strong materials, whether the string gets removed entirely, etc. Jan 12, 2017 at 10:55
  • As a side note, I've learned that leaning it up in a corner is a bad idea. My wife swears that it just fell on its own, but I have my doubts... Nov 2, 2017 at 13:07
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is not relevant to martial arts.
    – coinbird
    Dec 14, 2017 at 15:22
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    @coinbird Music is an essential part of Capoeira, and the berimbau is the primary instrument played during the sparring, but I respect your opinion. Dec 14, 2017 at 15:23

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In our academia berimbaus are hanging on a wall unstrung. Generally, we do not remove the string from the "tuning" end, we just let it loose but it's still wrapped around the upper part. In other words, it looks almost like tuned berimbau except that string is not tightened.

  • Ah. Good. That's how I'd been doing it, but there was a part of me paranoid that I was going to mess with the tension in some way. Feb 14, 2017 at 13:31
  • I think much more important is the temperature and humidity in which you store the instrument :)
    – Alvis
    Feb 16, 2017 at 6:27

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