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Cut classic oud to half cut oud !

sylud - 6-4-2019 at 12:49 PM

Hello,

I have a problem with my right shoulder since a long time. That's why I'm wondering if I could cut my traditional Turkish oud to a "half-model" to reduce the body size by 5 centimetres. (bodywork attached below)

I tried one and it is realy more ergonomic with pretty good bass.

Do you think it is possible to modify ? Somebody did it ? Advices ?
Thank you for your help.

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paulO - 6-4-2019 at 09:21 PM

You've got to take care of your body sylud ! Good luck with your search !

Regards - Paul

SamirCanada - 6-5-2019 at 10:35 AM

I think it's possible would not be too complicated actually. Trace the outline and cut with a Japanese saw. Plane the opening so that it is very flat. If you have removed the rosette you can go in and install little pieces like in flamenco guitars (peones) to seal the back. I would also put a few cross braces on the back.

suz_i_dil - 6-8-2019 at 08:49 AM

Please let us know I how it turns, particularly how it changes the sound. I had considered this option on a too deep oud but finally prefered to sold it as I was. I loved the sound but beginning 19cm depth bowl I usually dont feel comfortable. And I had no idea of how much to cut and the impact on the sound. But my first idea was to cut much less than on your picture, in order no too loose too much bowl volume
Good luck

Dr. Oud - 6-8-2019 at 10:13 PM

I don't think the volume of the oud will change. The bowel provides a reflection chamber that enhances the bass resonance, so the bass sound will be affected. Volume is produced by the soundboard's response to the string tension.

suz_i_dil - 6-10-2019 at 11:52 AM

Sure , from the few knowledge I understood about oud i agree. I guess it will be the effect. I meant bowl volume not sound volume

Matthias - 6-11-2019 at 01:20 PM

Quote: Originally posted by Dr. Oud  
I don't think the volume of the oud will change. The bowel provides a reflection chamber that enhances the bass resonance, so the bass sound will be affected. Volume is produced by the soundboard's response to the string tension.


I cannot agree - there will be a change by sure

Matthias

paulO - 6-12-2019 at 11:04 AM

Just FYI - http://www.dantzrecords.com/flatbackoud.html check it out !

Cordially,
PaulO

Dr. Oud - 10-14-2019 at 07:47 PM

I have advanced arthritis in my right shoulder from paying oud and pounding nails. I had to quit from the pain of lifting my arm over the oud on my leg. Now I hold the oud between my legs like a classical guitar and can play again. Plus I can hear more of the sound from there.

sylud - 10-31-2019 at 01:16 AM

Hello Dr. Oud
Same shoulders problem since long time. Now I play more my arabic cumbus than my turkish oud. Sound is very close, same playing, and very ergonomic because the body is small.
Here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_fNcvONZT8
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Cut the oud

Yaron Naor - 7-15-2020 at 12:04 PM

Quote: Originally posted by sylud  
Hello,

I have a problem with my right shoulder since a long time. That's why I'm wondering if I could cut my traditional Turkish oud to a "half-model" to reduce the body size by 5 centimetres. (bodywork attached below)

I tried one and it is realy more ergonomic with pretty good bass.

Do you think it is possible to modify ? Somebody did it ? Advices ?
Thank you for your help.



I have made it 2 years ago
tnx
Yaron

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