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Rosette question, any advice?
Removal of the rosette(s) will not significantly influence the loudness (Helmholtz resonance) either ...
9-6-2017 at 05:27 PM
by: jdowning
Some problems with my new Rabih Haddad Oud/
Thanks for posting the image for clarification alloushé. No I do not see any evidence of reinforcing ...
8-27-2017 at 05:27 PM
by: jdowning
Some problems with my new Rabih Haddad Oud/
Are all of the rib joints inside the bowl reinforced with glued paper strips along their entire leng ...
8-27-2017 at 04:57 AM
by: jdowning
Some problems with my new Rabih Haddad Oud/
The rib gaps are all at a location on the bowl that is the most difficult to join precisely (i.e. ju ...
8-26-2017 at 04:51 AM
by: jdowning
French polishing
Traditionally violin makers apply an oil varnish to their instruments not shellac varnish or French ...
8-12-2017 at 10:09 AM
by: jdowning
string material transitions through history
If by 'incorporated metal' you mean the now familiar metal wound or overspun strings on a filament c ...
7-21-2017 at 03:51 PM
by: jdowning
How to clean untreated ceder top?
It is not unusual to find ouds that have the fingerboard extending on to the sound board as far as t ...
7-19-2017 at 04:27 AM
by: jdowning
How to clean untreated ceder top?
Be aware that steel wool may be sold treated with oil (to prevent rusting in storage) so should neve ...
7-11-2017 at 08:54 AM
by: jdowning
How to clean untreated ceder top?
If the dirt is just surface grime you could try using a good quality artist's soft plastic eraser ru ...
7-10-2017 at 04:51 AM
by: jdowning
My first oud
Dear faggiuols - so you made it! Fantastic effort and fine workmanship for which you must be justly ...
4-30-2017 at 03:05 PM
by: jdowning
Strings Tension Explanation Needed
The old Pyramid string tension tables were posted here some years ago - still useful if you do not h ...
3-9-2017 at 07:08 PM
by: jdowning
Crack in pegbox
That is a tough problem to permanently fix due to the wedging action of the pegs that will work to o ...
3-5-2017 at 09:05 AM
by: jdowning
Early oud construction methods?
As mentioned in the link - apply hot hide glue along the rib joint and glue the end of the rib to th ...
3-1-2017 at 06:05 AM
by: jdowning
Early oud construction methods?
You will find details of an oud bowl being built step by step using this technique here, posts start ...
2-28-2017 at 06:56 PM
by: jdowning
Anthony in Cairo
Many thanks for posting this video Ronnie.

I watched a pre-release of this film while attending ...
1-1-2017 at 06:25 PM
by: jdowning
Cracked soundboard
The museum standard for conservation of wooden artifacts is 55% RH.

Humidity has an overall effec ...
11-26-2016 at 03:01 PM
by: jdowning
Cracked soundboard
The problem may be a combination of low humidity (lower than the workshop environment where the oud ...
11-25-2016 at 04:34 PM
by: jdowning
My first oud
If the axial misalignment is very small (and as long as the strings will all lie in alignment over t ...
11-21-2016 at 03:07 PM
by: jdowning
My first oud
The way I build lutes is to cut the sound board oversize and first align sound board centre line to ...
11-21-2016 at 07:42 AM
by: jdowning
Building a second budget lute - rib bending disasters!
I have used cheap Meranti ply for building 'lute shaped' cases in the past without problem. The plyw ...
11-21-2016 at 06:33 AM
by: jdowning
My first oud
These levels are used by builders to ensure construction is level and vertical. They are also called ...
10-8-2016 at 07:54 AM
by: jdowning
My first oud
A sanding block that is straight and square can certainly be used on a shooting board in place of a ...
10-6-2016 at 06:28 AM
by: jdowning
My first oud
Of course, also if the base of a brace is not cut at a perfect 90° angle to the side, the brace will ...
10-4-2016 at 05:57 AM
by: jdowning
My first oud
That seems to be a good efficient solution to the problem of narrow braces toppling over. You could ...
10-3-2016 at 04:37 PM
by: jdowning
My first oud
Your 'go bars' applying pressure to the brace should bend in the same axis as the brace - not sidewa ...
10-3-2016 at 08:00 AM
by: jdowning
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