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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 '17 at 10:39
  • That is possible, but it seems like there's a difference in strong materials, whether the string gets removed entirely, etc. – Macaco Branco Jan 12 '17 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... – Macaco Branco Nov 2 '17 at 13:07
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is not relevant to martial arts. – coinbird Dec 14 '17 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. – Macaco Branco Dec 14 '17 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.

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  • 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. – Macaco Branco Feb 14 '17 at 13:31
  • I think much more important is the temperature and humidity in which you store the instrument :) – Alvis Feb 16 '17 at 6:27

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