Khalifa, Damascene oud
received this oud in barely playable condition. Stucturally, the bowl, neck and
soundboard were in good condition. Following is a list of improvements and repairs
I made to the oud:
New pegbox of padauk
· New pegs of rosewood
· New shamsa and
qamriyya of white linen Micarta
w/ Jameel Raji Khalaf calligraphy
Full-length fingerboard and corner points of Indian rosewood
· New bone
nut set up for 11-strings
· New raqma (pickguard) of Indian rosewood
Thick layer of shellac removed from soundboard
· Soundboard thinned.
Soundboard includes two areas with cracks. The cracks have been reinforced and
are structurally sound.
· 2nd brace below main hole thinned and shortened
for increased response
· New bridge of black walnut, with double sets
of string holes for adjustable action.
· Neck thinned and shaped for
· New original diamond-shaped inlays
· New tail cover plate of padauk
instrument (sans soundboard) taken to bare wood and refinished
repairs made with traditional hot hide glue.
Scale length: 62cm
Aquila Light Tension Turkish set C#F#Bead'
action on this oud is very comfortable. The sound-quality and balance are excellent.
I was quite amazed when I played this oud for the first time after the improvements
I made. It is simply a fantastic instrument. This oud is almost 40 years old and
it sounds like it. Deep, sustaining bass combined with sweet and warm trebles
make this a very traditional-sounding classical Arabic oud suitable for professional
This is a raw
recording of the oud, without EQ or effects of any kind. I recorded this in a
small room with no acoustics, using a pair of binaural microphones and Adobe Audition
software. Binaural recordings are best appreciated with a good set of earphones
for the most accurate reproduction and depth.