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[*] posted on 12-2-2010 at 01:12 PM


Fantastic rishas. I ordered two which arrived within a week to the UK.

Excellent quality and performance.
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[*] posted on 12-15-2010 at 06:50 PM


At the rate I wear out the horn rishas I really need to learn how to make them myself, could anyone please help out with how to make a horn risha from scratch? Ronny was going to post a how to article but that was last year sometime and it hasn't happened yet. Any help appreciated, there's no way I can afford ready made horn rishas.

Also I read somewhere that Buffalo horn is preferable to cow, maybe it lasts longer or something, does anyone know about this?





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[*] posted on 12-22-2010 at 11:35 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Sazi  
At the rate I wear out the horn rishas I really need to learn how to make them myself, could anyone please help out with how to make a horn risha from scratch? Ronny was going to post a how to article but that was last year sometime and it hasn't happened yet. Any help appreciated, there's no way I can afford ready made horn rishas.

Also I read somewhere that Buffalo horn is preferable to cow, maybe it lasts longer or something, does anyone know about this?



Sazi,

I use a small block plane to remove bulky material from the sides and to also make the rishi straight if its too curved. Then I use steel cabinet scrapers to do the thicknessing of the rishas.
Then I have a method to polish the rishis using the finest steel wool. I also bevel the edges of the rishi to make it comfortable on the hand. When thats all done, I soak my rishis in Lebanese first cold press extra virgin olive oil for at least 3 days!!
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[*] posted on 12-22-2010 at 11:39 PM


Thanks, should I soak them in oil occasionally, or just give them a wipe now and again?

Do you have any thoughts on the difference between cow and buffalo (if you've tried both, that is)





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[*] posted on 12-23-2010 at 04:50 PM
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ditto what has been said about these rishas, i ordered several,
they came immediately and are excellent. highly recommended.
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[*] posted on 12-24-2010 at 12:13 AM


Its always good to soak them in olive oil. Dont get crazy about it. But it doesnt hurt. I haven't tried buffalo horn yet. But I hear its good. I have tried gazelle horn in Lebanon. It belonged to Mustafa Said.
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[*] posted on 12-24-2010 at 04:25 AM


Wow, that gazelle horn risha must have been nice to use?, I haven't tried it but I've heard that its very good.



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[*] posted on 12-26-2010 at 08:18 PM


Yes, the gazelle was very nice indeed.
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[*] posted on 1-11-2011 at 06:11 AM
Any more rishas?


Hello bulerias81 and happy new year! Are there any more rishas so I can place an order? Thanks in advance,

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[*] posted on 1-14-2011 at 08:29 AM


yes, there are more rishis. Just e-mail me. bulerias81@gmail.com Thanks!
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[*] posted on 1-19-2011 at 11:43 AM
Great rishas


I have ordered some rishas and they are really good, great performance.
The best rishas in the market! (in my opinion)
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[*] posted on 1-31-2011 at 01:57 AM


Hello all:wavey:

I got my 2 rishas last friday, so the whole weekend was playing,playing,playing.........and wonder- with open mouth -how big the difference in sound and playability can be just by using another risha.

Amazing sound from very smooth to very hard picking!! Excellent!!

Thanx John for your superb work!!:applause::bowdown::bowdown:




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[*] posted on 2-1-2011 at 03:14 PM


Hello from the UK.

New oud owner.

Having used only a cheap plastic risha (length - 13.5 cm. / 5.5 in.), I need to try some decent rishas. Probably same size, certainly not bigger. Not a clue baout thickness! The curved ones (with indentation for the first finger) look particularly interesting.

For use on an oud with a floating-bridge.

Please e-mail te.sleeper@tiscali.co.uk with prices / shipping to UK. Can pay by PayPal if OK.
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[*] posted on 3-14-2011 at 09:40 AM


New batch of rishis in, I'll be busy in the next few days refining these. Anyone interested, e-mail me at bulerias81@gmail.com
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[*] posted on 5-16-2011 at 01:11 PM


Hi all. All new stock in. Spent most of the day yesterday making this large bunch. Order them soon cause they go fast. I have a nice amount of stubby ones on the bottom right. Usually I dont use these for concerts myself, but I keep one in my wallet for when I lose mine or when I dont have my oud, and a few times it came in handy. I also have a few really long ones 150mm + as some people prefer this. And I have everything in between. Dont forget I also make saz/baglama/buzuq picks as well.

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[*] posted on 5-20-2011 at 03:06 AM


Got my risha today, was just the size and shape I asked for. :)
thanks John!
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[*] posted on 5-21-2011 at 08:42 AM


dude the rosette in the back looks very nice



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[*] posted on 6-12-2011 at 01:23 AM


I was enjoying using the horn risha I recently received from John (see post above), the tone and feel they have is very different from plastic rishas, and though there are some nice plastic ones available, I think it's useful to have both at hand.
So I went to play my oud not far from my home, and decided to walk there. I put the horn risha that was my new favorite in my back pocket, something I never do; I usually put the risha in the pocket of my Jameel gig-bag case. Well upon arriving at my destination I went into my back pocket and lo and behold the risha was not there, it must have somehow fallen out! I nearly cried. :(
I went ahead and ordered another horn risha from John, which I just received, and it's very nice.
If you're looking for a well made horn risha, made to your specs, then John's the man.:) regards, MW
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[*] posted on 7-6-2011 at 09:57 AM


MatthewW and I were discussing rishi tip profiles. People have different preferences. Please see diagram. Note: I can provide players with any profile they'd like.



Here is a link to the discussion, please join in and share some feedback you may have about your experience.
http://www.mikeouds.com/messageboard/viewthread.php?tid=12081
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[*] posted on 8-28-2011 at 04:05 PM


Hi all. After returning from the Arabic Music Retreat and selling nearly 70 rishis, I finally got around to make some more yesterday. Devoted nearly the entire day. Here is some new stock. Please e-mail me at bulerias81@gmail.com if you want to place an order. Thanks!

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[*] posted on 8-28-2011 at 06:05 PM


Not to detract from the beauties here, for the budget-tied, the horn blanks from MidEast Manufacturing that a lot of US on-line shops sell at about $10 for 6 are maybe a little thin at 0.030", but very usable. They are soaked in oil and just need to be shaped. Now here comes something like the antithesis of the most elegant risha, my favorite:

RishaHornDelrin1.jpg - 48kB

Backed with a delrin blank, it's fat in the hand. I'll have to make a prettier one with shrink-tubing instead of the pathetic electrical tape, but this one plays very nicely.

Thicker pieces of horn for knife handles are called "horn scales" on e-bay. There are tons of different varieties.

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[*] posted on 8-28-2011 at 06:38 PM


I prefer cutting the horn myself. Its cheaper for me, and I can choose which part of the horn to use and what not to use. A lot of the horn cannot be used as the material is prone to breaking in certain places. So I discard those pieces. I also soak my rishis in oil once its been shaped and thicknessed.

People don't usually have the tools necessary to turn out a good rishi. I try to provide the highest quality rishis for people. Most folks wouldn't want to have a delrin piece taped to their rishi (I personally wouldn't) I'm not insulting your rishi, I know we get attached to our rishi :)
But there is nothing like a very finely made rishi with the right balance and characteristics to enhance the tone and their own playing potential.
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[*] posted on 8-28-2011 at 07:16 PM


No question, Bulerias, and the prices you charge are very fair. I was just answering the question as to where blanks could be found inexpensively.

My oddball risha for some reason works very well for me, there's something about the extra thickness in the hand.

How thick are your thickest ones?

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[*] posted on 8-28-2011 at 07:26 PM


One thing I learned is that everyone has their own preference. Blanks can indeed be found inexpensively. It just takes at minimum, a decent file (emery board) to do the rough shaping. Also take care and wear a dust mask, you don't want to inhale horn particles into your system.

My thickest rishis can be whatever the customer wants. I haven't done anything thicker than 1.2mm. The people that use these tend to hold the rishi very very short.
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[*] posted on 8-29-2011 at 12:16 PM


As you say, we get attached to our rishi. Here's a (slightly) prettier version of the same concept. The horn (about 0.032", 0.8 mm) is sandwiched between two delrin blanks. I'm just looking for a way to have a slightly thicker grip, but retain a flexible risha. If the horn was that thick, it would be quite rigid. But probably we can all agree, there's nothing like horn. My lovely taped wonder has delrin at one end (for quiet practice) and horn at the other for real playing. Maybe horn in a thin leather "sandwich" would work.

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These (on e-bay) look thicker, I wonder how flexible they are:

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