Defretted Cümbüs Mandolin

As it occurs with cumbus guitars, cumbus mandolins can have also wrong distances between frets. Mine didn't sound well, so I decided to make my 2nd defretting (the first was against my classical guitar) and do some fretboard finishing - ebony painting, epoxying and varnishing. These are the results.
posted by Ra on Saturday, March 15, 2008 - link to this photo

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Sun, March 16, 2008 - 12:37 AM
how does it sound? Thats actually, a really good ideal, i'd consider tying nylon frets on mine......

I went to the shop in melbourne that stocks lots of turkish instruments recently. They have a whole new supply of ouds, saz and cumbus, and they have cumbus saz (with wooden back) and the cumbus mandolin.
I remember playing cumbus guitars in istanbul and greece, and also the mandolin in melbourne, and the fretting was TERRIBLE. incosistent, one spot the frets were getting further apart than closer together. They measured the fret placement out in five minutes and said "good enough" haha.

but hows it sound?

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