Ghorbanzadeh Brothers

Ghorbanzadeh Brothers 
In 2000 began making Ouds experimentally and after learning the initial standards, they started to make Ouds & Barbats professionally.
Because of their interest in the building instruments professionally, in 2004 they started to work at master Mohammad Firoozi workshop.
They got also lot of fine ideas from their dear friend and master class musician Arman Sigarchi.

They have developed some special modifications in building oud. To name a pair:

Action adjustment system
An important problem on almost all Ouds is that the neck rises up after a couple of years due to strings' tension which increases the depth of the gap between strings and the finger board. This causes some critical problems:
1- The oudist will have to put more pressure on the strings while fingering. This will cause more pain on the finger tips and make the oudist tired more quickly.
2- The extra pressure causes false notes.
3- This will make it harder for the oudist to perform the techniques correctly.

Moreover, different oudists prefer different actions according to their playing styles. So the luthiers have to make low action or high action Ouds according to their order. Adjusting the action in other instruments is done by changing the top skin (instruments like the Tar and the Kamancheh) or changing the saddle (instruments like Setar or Santour).

Action adjustment system is designed so that the oudist can easily adjust the neck for his desired action. This is done by a number 6 allen screw which is installed on the bowl near the neck and it's not needed to adjust the neck from inside the bowl. This system can be used in all Ouds (with or without rossetes) and similar instruments.

Wittner pegs
Unfortunately, Oud pegs are still built as they were built in previous centuries. These pegs (commonly made of Ebony) have a simple mechanism and low accuracy. They also become non-ideal over time and weather changes and their accuracy decreases which makes the oudist send the Oud to a luthier for regulation occasionally. To solve this problem, Wittner pegs are recommended as these pegs are geared and save wear and tear and help to prevent peg-box cracks by eliminating the constant pressure on the pegbox. With these pegs, four turn of peghead is one turn of shaft and this makes fine tuning a pleasure to do, in contrast to traditional pegs which could be a drama specially in Oud as all the strings are a set of two.

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