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mess

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New to Oud; Need advice
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:52:32 AM »
Hi all,

I have a great deal of experience regarding guitar. But now I feel so much addiction in Oud. one of my friend told me to try this seriously. But one big concern I have is the wooden pegs. This kind of tuning apparatus is something which is kind of unfamilar/uncomfortable to me, having come from the typical mechanical tuning gears of the standard 6 string guitar (and bouzouki).

I noticed that while almost all the high quality OUDs being sold are equipped with the usual wooden pegs made of ebony, there are nevertheless some that are made with what look like regular guitar tuners.
I feel as if I'd be more comfortable with this more familiar tuning system. Is there anything, then, that I should be aware of in terms of disadvantages arising from its use in terms of sound and playability?

Any suggestion is appreciated.



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Re: New to Oud; Need advice
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2016, 08:28:43 AM »
For centuries string players, including those in top chamber groups and symphony orchestras, have found that well fitted wooden friction pegs work well on violins, violas, and cellos. It's the same with ouds. Mechanical tuners are a great help with metal strings. The soft strings on a oud tune and hold easily with properly fitted wooden pegs. Of course you need to learn how to use the pegs. It takes a few seconds to learn. I think you will find that most experienced makers of good quality ouds will not use mechanical tuners because an oud set up like that looks like a bride in a wedding dress wearing a baseball cap. So if you are buying an oud with mechanical tuners it is likely you are not getting a good instrument.