Wednesday, May 7, 2008
A very special oud for a friend
In a few weeks, this instrument will be delivered to it's owner, Mike Malek.
Over the course of the last year, Mike and I have been designing every aspect of this instrument, from the bowl woods, all the way to the little inlays on the upper bout of the face. Over a year and dozens of Photoshopped jpeg-laden emails later, the oud is finally finished. This instrument was based largely on an oud made by Abdo Nahat & Sons in the early 1930's, with some elements borrowed from other Nahat ouds. Look for some more details about this particular instrument in some upcoming entries.