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[*] posted on 5-4-2012 at 03:17 AM


Many thanks for my friends who posted a reply or wrote to me in person .

Here are two more recordings of new Kamil Mowais's ouds:

New Kamil Mowais oud :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=f8Hk3eTiNTQ&am...

New Kamil Mowais oud :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVR2zaZKvp4

By this, I think I have done enough, haven't I ?

Enjoy

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[*] posted on 5-4-2012 at 12:41 PM


What a great thread, I am enjoying every single post!
Jamil, thank you very much for this wonderful thread.
I must say, I am in love with these ouds. They look very clean and sound Arabic. You better have mine ready when I come :)




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[*] posted on 5-5-2012 at 02:32 AM


I'm with you Bibo10, I am in love with these ouds, have mine ready when I come too! :D

Dear Alfaraby, may I ask, how does Kamil make his rosettes? They are so beautiful.
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[*] posted on 5-5-2012 at 03:29 AM


absolute work of art beautiful ouds
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[*] posted on 5-6-2012 at 12:59 PM


Thanks guys ! I shall make sure you'll get the best oud ever :)

Here's another recording:

Prof. Taiseer Elias trying one of Kamil Mowais's ouds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOaPSFEVLcs&feature

Enjoy it as well

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[*] posted on 5-8-2012 at 05:32 AM


Thank you Alfaraby for this beautiful and such important thread!

I have been visiting Kamil regularly in the last 4 years and i played almost every single instrument he produced since then. I think it is amazing how Kamil managed constantly to produce a high quality sound out of each sinle oud! Kamil Mowais's ouds are of the finest Arabic ouds available today!

And thank you my friend for the photos and video of my new oud! I'm extremely happy and excited knowing that such a beautiful oud is waiting for me when i come back home! :D
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[*] posted on 5-9-2012 at 12:16 PM


really amazing sound and beautiful work

speechless !
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[*] posted on 8-7-2012 at 09:06 AM


What I would do to be able to purchase one from him..I am in complete and utter awe after looking at and listening to these perfect ouds.
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[*] posted on 8-7-2012 at 10:51 AM


thanks Alfaraby !
great thread!

Do u have any photos of the bracing? ...and how he makes his backs?
thanks again!




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[*] posted on 8-8-2012 at 02:39 AM


Thanks Edward !
Sorry, but the master doesn't allow anybody to be around when he works, so I never saw the interior of his oud. Never !

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[*] posted on 8-8-2012 at 02:42 AM


Thanks Ahmad !
To do so, you should come over. No shipping service is available overseas. Sorry !

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[*] posted on 9-27-2012 at 02:22 PM


Quote: Originally posted by MatthewW  

If anyone has not yet seen the thread on Kamil, please enjoy:
http://www.mikeouds.com/messageboard/viewthread.php?tid=12901#pid87...


Thanks Mathew for reminding fellow members of this important thread, especially while KM (Mathew's proffered initials for Kamil Mowais ;)) 7 courses ouds are mentioned in another important thread.

Though KM has made some in the past, he's not eager nor a fan of the concept of adding 7th high string to the oud .
I do understand & join this reluctance.

Nevertheless, It should be noted that the old Egyptian oud of the 18th century was a 7 courses oud, as observed by the French scientists in the 18-19 centuries turn. The lower string was strung underneath the highest string (like Monir Bashir's used to do with the low C) !

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[*] posted on 9-28-2012 at 04:49 AM


i'm glad he doesn't have a website...whoever wants one of his oud should travel to palestine, meet him and purchase one...

excellent background...thanks for all the photos!
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[*] posted on 10-3-2012 at 01:50 AM


Here's another clip by a less famous Palestinian player, Niqola Marjieh from Nazareth, playing Mohammad Abdelwahab's rare Sama'i Huzam.
Needless to say: on Kamil Mowais's oud !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhaniveBlIk&feature=relmfu

A gifted musician. Yes indeed.

Enjoy :)

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[*] posted on 11-5-2012 at 09:27 AM


I can now count myself among the owners of a wonderful Kamil Mowais oud. I got to visit some relatives in the Nazareth/Shfaamr area for the first time and made a point to visit Jamil (alfaraby). He did me the honor of showing me several of his ouds including a 1927 Abdo Nahat that manages to be quiet but not at all muted at the same time. Then we went to see Kamil Mowais. I gave him a rough idea of the sound I was looking for and he brought me an oud. Within seconds I knew that this was the oud I wanted, mainly because he had managed to make the third course sound significantly less metallic despite it being a metal wound string, something that was also present in Jamil's 1927 Abdo Nahat. The third course sounds almost unwound and blends well with the unwound second course, but it has enough wound character to blend very nicely with the wound fourth course as well. I tried a few more ouds just to be safe, including one very nice sounding oud that had been finished not long before, but I ended up taking the first one. Now back in the US I am just as satisfied with it as I was when I first played it.
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[*] posted on 11-5-2012 at 10:31 AM


Mabrouk Ameer! Play it in good health, I am sure you will be enjoying it for many years. A player like you deserves a great oud.

Some of us would love to see pictures of it if you can manage it . . . :D




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[*] posted on 11-5-2012 at 10:42 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Brian Prunka  
Some of us would love to see pictures of it

1000 Mabrouk, young friend. The whole pleasure was mine meeting you & your folks.

What a surprise ? The oud you picked is shown in page 1 of this thread, dated 09/12/2011.

It's THE oud to my ears and you've chosen one of the best balanced ouds Kamil had made last year. He did not show it to anybody, since I asked him not to . I kept telling him this oud should go to whom who deserve it & he just knew the moment he saw you, you're the right person, even without asking me !

Play it with good health and never sell it . I mean NEVER ! This oud should only be inherited within the family, to your grandchildren, inshallah :)

It would be great though to let our fellow members hear its sound under your fingers, as I did

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[*] posted on 11-5-2012 at 12:02 PM


Here's a quick clip. I swapped out the nylon trebbles for some nylguts to see how they sound and frankly I'm very impressed.
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[*] posted on 11-13-2013 at 01:55 PM


Herer's Ameer performing with Kamil's oud he owns as reported above:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg1vzHdiRUI

Great stuff man !

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[*] posted on 11-13-2013 at 02:07 PM


20,947 youtubers have watched Kamil Mowais's ouds in my channel so far !
I'm glad they did. Some have contacted me asking for ouds, but I could rarely help, since uncle Kamil hasn't made any since Nov. 2012.

Now he's trying to make a come-back with the help of his son, Sima'an, and make more ouds, despite his severe health condition. Hope he'll manage. Updates to come up soon ...

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[*] posted on 11-14-2013 at 01:19 PM




wonderful thread Alfaraby,
thanks for the updates and wishing usta Kamil a speedy recovery




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[*] posted on 8-1-2015 at 10:25 AM
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I usually prefer writing about the same issue in its old thread, instead of launching a new topic. I hope I'm doing the right thing, since sometimes we tend to skip old posts for having enough of it.
Well, I never have enough of uncle Kamil's stuff as you may have known.

I have discovered a rare oud from 1977 in his first hand's owner possession. He bought it back then from the maker, planning to study music and playing the oud, but unexpected circumstances stood in his way and he didn't ever after. Nevertheless, he kept the oud in the closet, hoping to come back to it later, but he just didn't. The oud rested there untouched since 1977 and was taken out in honor of my visit.

It is a walnut and paddock typical Mowais's oud. The inlays on the back are set in the paddock rib, while the uniqueness of the work is minimizing the mosaic to one every three ribs, creating a nice balanced look. It has a very elegant walnut small bridge with MOP top and typical Kamil's MOP inlay spruce soundboard (just look above at the 1975, 2007, 2009 ouds). More wording is unnecessary.
As it wasn't played for 38 years, I just couldn't judge its sound and had to to be satisfied, for the time being, with with the looks only; though it was restrung and waited to make a test run for a year or so, in order to hear its real sound.

Take a look and enjoy

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[*] posted on 8-1-2015 at 11:01 AM


Adding to the existing thread on a subject is typically the best idea rather than making a new one. It keeps things organized and makes things easier for anyone wanting to research the issue.
I hope we will get to hear this oud once the sound has settled.
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[*] posted on 8-1-2015 at 09:55 PM


Thanks, Alfaraby, for this wonderful thread!
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[*] posted on 8-3-2015 at 05:32 AM


Thanks friend. The whole pleasure is mine.
I'm pleased for this thread has won over 8900 readings. This means a lot to me and to the maker.
I recommend my other thread about his continuing son:
Sima'an Kamil Mowais Second Generation Luthier from Nazareth
Here:
http://www.mikeouds.com/messageboard/viewthread.php?tid=15231#pid10...

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