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First proper go on my new handmade Saz, which I bought in Istanbul. It's real handful, long scale about 27 1/2" microtonal fretting with tied gut frets, very narrow neck and 7 strings arranged in 3 courses. This is going to be a real challenge learning how to play it.

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Comment by ChickenboneJohn on November 2, 2010 at 2:18am
It's got a soundhole...traditionally it's in the end of the instrument, but some also have a "port" on the upper part of the bowl, facing the player.
Comment by Bob Harrison on November 1, 2010 at 9:35pm
Loud for not having a sound hole. I find it hard to play an instrument that it's back is shaped like my belly. LOL
Comment by Mark Lillo on October 31, 2010 at 6:32pm
Nice find . That has a great sound to it.
Comment by ChickenboneJohn on October 31, 2010 at 4:17pm
It's tuned dD-AA-eEE..(approximately)...low to high...octave pairs on the lowest course, unison on the middle course and octave with double trebles on the top course. The microtonal 1/4 tones and modal playing (makam) is a whole subject that I'm only just beginning to find out about.

Very light gauge strings..007s mainly!
Comment by Ted Crocker on October 31, 2010 at 3:34pm
Wow CB, so many interesting features, awesome instrument. Great sound, can't wait until you really wrap your brain around it and master the possibilities.
Comment by marshall stapleton on October 31, 2010 at 3:21pm
it sounds great what is the tuning on that?
Comment by ChickenboneJohn on October 31, 2010 at 1:05pm
I must be playing it wrong then, you should be wanting a Kebab!
Comment by Roosterman on October 31, 2010 at 12:59pm
Sounds cool! Must be weird to get around though with that huge bowl.
Funny thing - I dont half fancy a curry now :o)
Comment by Randy S. Bretz on October 31, 2010 at 12:55pm
Hey John if thats got tied frets could one just slide them into a dulci fretting scale, alot of lap dulci`s have the long scales and having the strings set up in pairs is right there for a dulci. But that instrument is wild !! and sounds great!!

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