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    Saya Pin and Hole

    How should it be done properly?

    What size is the hole normally drilled? Does the pin taper? What else is there to know?

    Thanks. Sincerely,

    -Don

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    Japanese saya pin sizes differ depending on the maker. A lot of them do taper a little bit... I think. Some makers use the same sized pin for everything, and cut the length of a pin to adjust. Others have 2 to 3 sizes for different sayas. It's probably safe to wait to drill a hole till you know the size of the pin.

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    Thanks for the quick answer!

    Seems like a lot of them use ebony for the wood. I will be making my own, but I wonder if the type of wood is of crucial importance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Nguyen View Post
    Thanks for the quick answer!

    Seems like a lot of them use ebony for the wood. I will be making my own, but I wonder if the type of wood is of crucial importance?
    As long as the wood is stable / stabilized you should be fine.

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    I think tapering the pin is a good idea. One reason is you will always have a snug fit. Also, over time, as the pin hole gets enlarged from use, the taper will accommodate the larger hole. You just need to allow for a little extra length in the pin.

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    Most of the original pins for mine are tapered.
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    If you don't use ebony the saya will collapse in upon itself.
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    I use guitar bridge pins. I find them cheaper, easier to replace, and way more reliable than saya pins. Not traditional at all though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeC View Post
    If you don't use ebony the saya will collapse in upon itself.
    +1
    But is it stil a "saya" then?

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    I make my saya pins a bit tapered and longer to compensate for the anistropic features of the wood i find around my parents house.
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