This is an oud made from two very special trees: the first is sorb tree, aka whitty pear, aka true service tree - botanically sorbus domestica. In the past, that is untill 200 years ago, it yielded the wood most coveted in Europe. Some information about this tree can be found here. And the spruce for the soundboard is from 'The Tree', the cutting of which is also featured in this short video.
It is my first 12-peg-7-course oud, i.e., with two single basses, and from the feedback I already have got, it seems this might become my most sought after 7-course model. To dispense with the double 6th course allows to make the neck a little narrower, so that it is almost as comfortable to play as a 6-course oud. Another advantage is the pegbox being a little shorter than it would be with 13 pegs, which always seems a bit long (well, what to say about my 15-pegs oud?-)
- Large Model - Fingerboard: African ebony, aged 180 years. - Pegs: ST-pegs turned by myself, practically no shrinking and swelling. - Bridge: sorb tree - Authentic French Polish - Soundboard finish: Stenzel's Hard Wax