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Mohd Zulkifli Ramli
04/08/2020 05:51:44
Great product. Item delivered in one(1) week
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Cole Covington
28/07/2020 13:28:00
I’ve been torn a little bit about leaving this review, if only because my past experiences ordering instruments from Ethnic Musical were so positive.
Sadly, though, this particular oud has really left me feeling disappointed.
It’s not really the fault of Ethnic Musical. The instrument arrived fast and perfectly intact. It’s just that the actual instrument itself really isn’t all that special.
The sound is kind of flat, the build quality looks great but feels pretty flimsy, and tuning everything was a real chore. I was eventually able to get it to a place that I didn’t hate musically, but I haven’t played it all that often and am probably going to give it away to someone that wants to learn to play the oud for next to nothing.
When an instrument has this kind of price tag you just expect something a little more impressive I guess. This just didn’t do it for me.
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Wakil Hamed
28/07/2020 13:28:00
This instrument, quite frankly, plays as gorgeously as it looks. While the instrument felt a bit clumsy initially to me, as well as to my experience with these items, I found myself getting comfortable and having a great deal of fun before long.  I find myself playing it for at least a few minutes every day.
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Burçin Isik
27/07/2020 13:27:00
This is quite possibly my favorite purchase from this website to date. I have been coming to this site for high-quality instruments, flawless to the touch, and an absolute joy to listen to.  The instrument is sturdy, easy to tune, and stunningly responsive.
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Bashar
27/07/2020 11:03:03
If you wanna hear your Ouds ultimate potential try these strings!
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Waseem Hamid
20/07/2020 10:20:00

The rich history and tradition of this beautiful instrument was apparent to me from the moment it arrived neatly in the mail. The walnut and maple were perhaps a little less striking than the pictures had suggested, but I am nonetheless extremely thrilled with this instrument!!

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Halbert Keller
19/07/2020 15:19:00

The picture looks great but unfortunately, that isn't what arrived.
When I opened the box, I found that the oud was damaged. Ironic considering the description states "extra durability" HA.
I wasn't happy so I contacted them. To be honest, they were very kind about it. They refunded me the full price. So, the customer service is all good, I'm just not at all happy with what arrived.

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Bobbi Joyce
17/07/2020 16:17:00
Considering the distance it had to travel, I’m so impressed with how quickly my instrument arrived! The black walnut wood finish is nothing short of breathtaking. I am keeping it proudly on display in our living room, as it has quickly become my favorite instrument. The neck and pegs were indeed as comfortable as advertised, but I found it took me a little longer to get it tuned than I would have preferred. Not a big deal though!
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Tobi Truong
16/07/2020 21:16:00
I have always wanted to own an oud made be a true luthier. Thank you to this website for making that possible. The instrument was initially a bit heavier than I would have guessed, but that ultimately proved to be just fine. I found myself learning and loving every moment of the experience. I can now honestly say I have at least some skill with this instrument. Once I got used to things, I found it to be remarkably intuitive.
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Ceylan Balcan
16/07/2020 13:16:00
I'm pretty new to playing the Turkish Baglama but my friends suggested I purchase these so I obliged.
This may not mean much coming from such a newbie player, but they are wonderful. Their quality is nice and surprisingly easy to install (for a rookie like me that has got to tell you something).
For what it's worth, I love the Pyramid brand and will definitely re-purchase when the time is right! "
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Kerem Üner
15/07/2020 17:15:00
As an experienced oud player, I have tried a lot of strings and Kenan Ozten's are my go-to. He's world-renowned for making fantastic products and so he should be! Never lets me down in terms of quality or that beautiful sound we all want from our instruments. Plus, the material he uses means they are super soft to play and reduces that hard skin build-up.
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Shakur Husain
15/07/2020 17:15:00
Boy, where do I start?
This cumbus knocked me out right from the jump. I love the look. Really sleek, really modern, really clean.
Dug a little deeper and found out it’s a legit Turkish piece from Instanbul.  If you’ve played cumbus for any amount of time you know just how great these instruments are. I dropped the $300 bucks on it right away and sat refreshing tracking info almost every day haha.
The second I got it I popped it out of the box. Looked just as good in real life as it did in pictures. Maybe even better.Playing it has been a lot of fun so far. I’ve got it tuned just the way I like it and audiences seem to be responding well
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Aalam Saladin
15/07/2020 13:15:00
I’ve been playing an oud for years and years now but was never able to land one straight from Turkey.
After stumbling on this oud I instantly fell in love with its look. Clean lines, beautiful woodwork. It was exactly what I was looking for…and it’s from Turkey!
A joy to play, I’ve been using it almost exclusively when recording and at live shows.
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Shimaa Saber
14/07/2020 18:14:00
A lot of instrument makers promise mahogany materials in their instrument but usually it ends of the some sort of filler wood that’s been covered in a mahogany veneer. That’s definitely not the case here. This is certainly a single piece that’s been carved in the traditional way. You can tell just as soon as you start to play. Very satisfied with my purchase so far.
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Aaron Saber
13/07/2020 20:13:00
So pleased with this beautiful instrument! I have only been playing it for about two weeks couple, and I’m already a fan of its responsiveness and quality. The hand-decorated bowl is gorgeous, too!
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Irving Alvarado
12/07/2020 23:12:00
All the ouds I have wooden pegs which don't sit well with me because they always slip and get too hard to turn easily. I've got a pretty busy schedule and play the oud to calm down after a long day of work. So, I decided to invest in some ebony pegs. I looked around for a bit looking at all the different options but in the end, I went for these.
They're sleek and elegant. Even though I didn't like the black colour to begin with, they go well with my oud so all's well that ends well.
They haven't been scratched and were in perfect condition when they arrived. I like how easy they are to turn so I don't have to spend too long tuning the instrument when all I want to do is play!
All things considered, these do what they say on the tin.
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Yarah Soltani
12/07/2020 20:12:00
I love this instrument. I haven't been playing for very long but the warm sound is lovely. Because I am a novice, the fact it's easy to tune is a plus for me — maybe this wouldn't be such a big deal for experts but it's certainly helped me.
It's a good quality instrument that not only looks beautiful but sounds and feels beautiful too. I would recommend.
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Regina Butler
11/07/2020 13:11:00
Like most folks I was a little bit skeptical about how an electric pickup in a saz was going to sound. But then I got a chance to play it!
This is something you’ve got to hear for yourself.
Gorgeous with a super clean and traditional look that doesn’t scream electric or modern at all, the Fishman pick up inside takes us to the next level. You can play it anyway you like but you add a little bit of juice and electrify this bad boy and all of a sudden it really screams.
It’s a wild ride and a couple of my musician buddies are already talking about picking one up themselves because of how cool it sounds.
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Ajay Pham
09/07/2020 18:09:00
took some time to arrive (1 month to the UK)
I loved the look of this oud on the website and certainly wasn’t disappointed when it arrived. It’s a beautifully finished product. Shipping was on time and the seller was helpful in answering my queries.
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Faazila Naderi
08/07/2020 20:08:00
There’s gotta be something special in the water out there in Istanbul to make something that sounds this solid. I’ve been on the hunt for a long neck for a little while now (one worth owning, anyway) and I feel like I finally struck gold. Super easy to tune, super easy to dial in, and something that really holds that kind of resonant “umph” I was after. Grab one of these while you still can.
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Gregor Rosas
08/07/2020 17:08:00
Arrived 2 days ago.!
Since I've been playing the Kanum for a long time, I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert (rather big-headedly I suppose). Anyway, I hope my review can help those who are less experienced.
I've got a lot of Turkish Kanums to choose from at home but this one has to be my new favourite. It's not just because of the intricate designs (although I do love this aesthetic) but the sound is great as well.
I like the fact it comes with the picks too since beginners probably won't have any at home. And it's relatively easy to tune but, just like any instrument, it does take practice to get it right.
It's also quite cool to see the pictures of the workshop where it was made. I haven't seen many stores do this yet so it's a nice touch.
If you're serious about Turkish Qanuns and have the money, you can't go wrong with this
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