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In building the oud, I have come to appreciate the craftsmanship required to create a musical instrument. I have always been fascinated by this type of work and the discipline required to perform it. I had to learn many new techniques to build the oud. Individually, the parts of an oud are very thin and fragile, but once assembled they become part of a stronger structure. Learning to manipulate and shape these workpieces without damaging them was a challenging part of the project. Making something without the prior knowledge of the precision level required was the most frustrating aspect. Following instructions is one thing, but to know that one is performing the tasks properly is another. In the end, I am very satisfied with the outcome of the project. Based on that, I would likely build another one. I have only heard a handful of different ouds, and only one Nahat, so I am by no means an authority on the subject, but I am satisfied with the sound. I would hope that others more knowledgeable than me who listen to the recordings would offer a critique of their own. Please bear in mind that the recordings are performed by me, a beginning player.
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