Joseph Tawadros plays JT Signature Oud built by Faruk Türünz

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Dear Friends,

I am sure that anyone who has played and tasted one of Faruk’s ouds would surely want to write something about this experience.
Perhaps Faruk Türünz is the most important oud maker of our time. His ouds give you the chance to feel the music entirely through their continuity of sound, giving the opportunity for playing very fast and clean thanks to the balance and sensitivity they possess. Likewise his ouds produce an utterly clean and secure sound at every playing speed.
Faruk Türünz is a researcher at the same time. Thanks to the method which he developed and named as “Brace Tuning System” he tunes the soundboards, therefore the vibrations span the entire soundboard evenly, thus converting to that rich, clean, unchanging, and exceptional sound.
A musician finds everything that he or she seeks for in a Faruk oud, or his oud shows them what an oud ought to be.
This is the reason that I consider Mr. Faruk as the most important luthier of our day, just like Manol was known as the most important luthier of his time.
I do not use any ouds other than those of master Faruk in the concerts I perform with my group “Chainides”, in my solo concerts, and CD recordings. I never change this label which gives me this security under all conditions.
There is a truth that I always say: While half of the skill belongs to the musician, the other half belongs to the luthier. Half of my musical success belongs to Faruk Türünz who puts his heart into the ouds he makes.

Sandwich Top Project

Jameel Abraham made a beautiful oud in late 2006, using Nomex to construct a "sandwich top" oud. I first became aware of this material, when I saw it being used for the construction of classical guitars by luthiers like Matthias Dammann, Fritz Mueller and Gernot Wagner. I had been considering trying it on an experimental oud, so I was very interested in Jameel's project. A few months ago, I started some experimentation of my own and used graphite composite sheets for bracing the soundboards. I interposed the graphite composite sheets between two balsa welts using epoxy. I used epoxy also for mounting nomex between two Canadian Red Cedar plates. The sandwich plates became perdurable against humidity and temperature changes up to 60 degree Centigrade. There is no probability for getting cracks unless being heavily hit. I made some Turkish and Arabic ouds with sandwich tops and the sounds of these ouds outran the sounds of all my previous Grand Concert Ouds.

Welcome to our new blog

We, the Oudmaster and Faruk Turunz Oud Shop staff welcome you to "Faruk Türünz Oud Workshop" blog.
We have recently formed this blog to share information dealing with ouds we are constructing, thoughts and experiences of our customers concerning the ouds they obtained from our workshop and many pictures and videos of ouds and oud music.
Please feel free to leave your comments. If you desire to post pictures, threads, MP3 and video clips to the blog send them to us, we will put them to the blog.