December 30, 2019 -- It's an Oud!
A friend and fellow fiddler acquired an older oud (Middle-Eastern
stringed instrument) that had been discovered in a mutual friend's
basement. It was in pretty
rough shape with the head broken off, the fretwork in the main soundhole
damaged and multiple open cracks in the top and body. Thankfully the
neck break was pretty clean and the soundhole parts were rattling around
inside the body of the instrument - along with a significant number of
bunnies. I do the maintenance on her fiddles so she thought maybe I could
bring the oud back to life.
It turned out OK and is quite a unique and attractive instrument, with a unique and attractive sound. I ended up with single strings, in pairs, with guitar tuning but down a fifth. Then I tried picking out a tune that seemed to fit the sound - The Parting Glass (with guitar accompaniment).
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