*NOTE* Please expect the high gloss finish on the Turkish Saz to show dimples in the light. A perfectly smooth finish is nearly impossible to obtain with the technology employed in the Old-World finish process. These are handmade and such dimples are common and unavoidable. Cumbus Cura with Gig Bag 6 String 29" Black Neck CMBC. This cumbus cura has a clear synthetic sound board and a Wooden neck painted black with a black fret board and is 29 inches in overall length. The cumbus is a relatively young instrument. It was developed in Istanbul in the early 1900's. The inventor, Zeynel, became known as Zeynel Abidin Bey. The famous Ataturk Mustafa Kemal, Turkey's first president, dubbed it cumbus pronounced joom-bush. Cumbus is Turkish for revelry, just the mood this instrument inspires. Our cumbus are imported from the Family shop of Zeynel Abidin on Ataturk Bulvar in Istanbul.Accessories Included: Soft case lightly padded Important Specifications:Item overall: 29" L x 4.5" H x 8.75" WBody/Bowl: 8.75" L x 3.75" H x 8.75" WBody & Neck: The body consists of a spun aluminum bowl with cast aluminum hardware and a saz style black Wooden neck. Soundboard: Clear synthetic headSound holes: 22 small holesTuning Pegs/Levers: There are 6 metal mechanical geared right angle tuning pegs/levers with a 1:14 ratio.Strings: 3 courses of 2 strings. From right to left the string width is: .008," .008," .012," .012," .008," .025." There are 5 steel strings and 1 wound string.End Peg: Metal and attached to bowl Tuning: The standard cumbus is tuned like the Turkish oud and one step higher than the Arabic oud. Almost any oud tuning can be used. The two strings that make up a course are tuned to the same key.The following tuning suggestions are from low to highStandard: A B E a d g; or D E A D G CEgyptian/Arab: D G A D G CNew Turkish Classical: F# B E A D GTurkish/Armenian: E A B E A DTurkish/Armenian Variant: C# F# B E A DOld Turkish Classical: A D E A D GThe Ukulele Cumbus: G C E AThe Cumbus Cura: A D GFrets: 19 movable nylon frets Nut: Plastic. Neck at Nut: 1" W; Nut: 1" WNeck at Body Joint: 1.125" WBridge: Wooden bridge painted black.
Strings at Bridge: 1" WScale Length: 20.5"
NOTE: There is no warranty on the strings shipped on your new instrument. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to you. The strings on your new instrument are tuned, inspected and finally de-tuned for shipment. Environmental and temperature changes may also affect the strings and could shorten their lifespan. It is recommended that you acquire a replacement set and consider changing the strings as soon as, or shortly after, your instrument arrives.
If you are just learning the instrument you may wish to change your strings every couple of months. If you are a professional - then you already KNOW the difference a NEW set of strings can make to the sound and playability of your instrument. Bottom line - your strings should be changed as needed. Enjoy!
For our complete selection of Ethnic Replacement String Sets - Click Here.