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Cumbus

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SPECIAL NOTE - No Warranty on Strings: Whether you purchase an instrument on-line or in a neighborhood store, manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey to your home. During this time the strings WILL oxidize and this may shorten their life expectancy and may reduce their sound quality. On occasion instruments may arrive with a broken string, therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings as soon as it arrives. Learning to change strings should be the first lesson learned when embarking on the journey of playing a new instrument.

Cumbus Mandolin with Gig Bag 8-String 23-Inch - Natural Pegbox ( CMBB ) Cumbus Mandolin with Gig Bag 8-String 23-Inch - Natural Pegbox
23 inches in length. It has metal frets and 4 courses of the 2 strings each. Made in Turkey.
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$189.00
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Cumbus Cura with Gig Bag 6-String 29-Inch - Black Neck ( CMBC ) Cumbus Cura with Gig Bag 6-String 29-Inch - Black Neck
29" in length. It has nylon frets tied to the neck and 3 courses of 2 strings each. The Cura Cumbus has 6 strings in 3 courses, tuned A D G. Made in Turkey.
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$234.00
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Cumbus Standard with Gig Bag 12-String 34-Inch - Light Neck ( CMBS ) Cumbus Standard with Gig Bag 12-String 34-Inch - Light Neck
Standard Cumbus with Soft Case, 34 inches in length, 12 Strings and Light colored neck and white soundboard. This is the most traditional design, with no frets on the neck. There are six courses of 2 strings each. Color of neck, head stock, and finger boards can vary. Made in Turkey.
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$315.00
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Cumbus Tambur with Gig Bag 6-String 51-Inch ( CMBT ) Cumbus Tambur with Gig Bag 6-String 51-Inch
51" in length. It has nylon frets tied to the neck and 3 courses of 2 strings each. Tuned D A D. The long neck gives you a greater octave range than a smaller necked instruments. Tuning is D A d. Made in Turkey. (Out of Stock)
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$450.00
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Cumbus Deluxe with Gig Bag Wood Stave Body 12-String 34-Inch ( CMBX ) Cumbus Deluxe with Gig Bag Wood Stave Body 12-String 34-Inch
The Extra Cumbus is approximately 34 inches long. It has NO FRETS. The body is solid wood stave construction. The wood body and neck are inlayed. It has 6 courses of 2 strings each. The Standard Cumbus is tuned like the Turkish Oud and one step higher than the Arabic Oud. Almost any Oud tuning can be used. Please Note: The patterns of the staves and the colors of the wood veneer may vary from picture and head color may vary from clear, white and black. Made in Turkey. (Out of Stock)
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$880.00
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Cumbus Short Neck Saz with Gig bag 6-Strings 35.5-Inch ( CMSS ) Cumbus Short Neck Saz with Gig bag 6-Strings 35.5-Inch
This cumbus's body is created from spun aluminum and its neck and bridge are wood. The sound board is a synthetic drum head. Its 35.5 inches long, 10 inches wide and 6.25 inches deep. It has 6 geared tuning pegs/levers and 6 metal strings; one of which is wound, in 3 courses. It comes with a soft case. Made in Turkey.
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$288.00
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The Cumbus is a relatively young instrument. It was developed in Istanbul in the early 1900's. The inventor, Zeynel, was born in Salonika, now known as Thessaloniki, Greece. He eventually settled in Beyazit, Istanbul, opened a music shop, and became known as Zeynel Abidin Bey. He was also known as a local Oud performer. Eventually he began to design new instruments. It was on January 24th 1930 that Zeynel’s instrument received its name from a fellow native of Thessalonica, the famous Ataturk Mustafa Kemal. Ataturk began his service to Turkey as a soldier. Later as a national leader he founded the republic of Turkey, and became Turkey’s first president. Drawing on the sound of the instrument for inspiration, Ataturk dubbed it "Cumbus". Pronounced "joombush", "Cumbus" is Turkish for "revelry". Soon Zeynel was manufacturing and selling his Cumbus. In 1934 the Surname Act was passed, requiring all Turkish citizens to take a family name. Zeynel Abidin Bey now became Zeynel Abidin Cumbus. About 30 years ago, the Cumbus stepped off the classical stage. Today, it is still played by the people out of the cities, especially at weddings, and special ceremonies.

Originally this Turkish chordophone had a leather soundboard, much like an American Banjo. The narrow fretless neck was designed to easily disassemble from the aluminum body by loosening a large screw mechanism. It has been said that the body looks like a kitchen frying pan; the back and sides are solid. There are vent holes on the top surface around the soundboard. Today the Cumbus have Mylar soundboards held in place by a bolted tension ring. For its light weight, the Cumbus is very sturdy and remarkably loud.

The Standard Cumbus is tuned like the Turkish Oud and one step higher than the Arabic Oud. Almost any Oud tuning can be used.

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