Syrian Oud manufactured by a branch of the Damascene Khalife family. Also known as Zeryab Syrian Ouds.
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Posted by Unknown on 2nd Sep 2017
Just received this oud and have played it now for a few weeks. I love it. It sounds fantastic, no buzzing whatsoever and feels very solid. I would highly recommend it performance-wise especially to those who are beginning to learn the oud and don't want to fall for the tourist oud industry. This is not a tourist oud. It is the entry level oud in the Zeryab line. Which means it is probably made by apprentices. but in almost every aspect that contributes to sound and sonic performance it is spot on. One surprise is the action is great and is adjustable if you need to lower it! Its weakest link is the tuning pegs. Tuning is the bane of this instrument anyway and tuning this Zeryab takes a little more time and patience. It stays in tune pretty well, though.
I think it is a beautiful and well designed oud. I would call it a country oud. By that I mean it is a little rough around the edges. Back of the oud has a "dipped in varnish" look and there is some rough craftsmanship. I have actually done some improvements to the finish so it is an oud you can improve if you are willing to get the right materials, etc. I love the way it feels in my hands. And again, it sounds fantastic.
Mike is just a pleasure to work with! I can't say enough good things about him. We had a long text session talking this oud and ouds in general. He goes above and beyond.