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Oudme

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Looking for a Beginner Oud
« on: April 30, 2015, 03:34:10 AM »
Hey
I am a new oud player.
I am planning to buy a new oud. Should i start with Egyptian or Turkish Oud?
Any suggestions? My budget us around $400.

Please advise
Thanks :) 



GypsyOud

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Re: Looking for a Beginner Oud
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2015, 12:18:07 PM »
Hey,
depends what kind of music you want to play, really. Egyptian ouds (Arabic ouds in general) tend to be bigger and have a deeper, earthier sound. Turkish ouds are smaller, have a treblier sound and have a lower action (the action is the height of the strings from the fingerboard). Iraqi ouds are smaller, have a floating bridge (not stuck to the soundboard) and are really loud. There is a fundamental difference between the three, but for a beginner it is not really important, in my opinion. The important thing is that you get an oud that has a low action (not exceeding 2.5 mm in a Turkish, 3 mm in an Arabic or Iraqi oud. More that that and the oud will be unplayable), whose pegs wind strings up smoothly, and obviously has no cracks. Where are you based, by the way? If you're in the UK I might suggest you a few places....