It's nice to get something different every so often. Here's a customer's oud that needed a little repair, clean-up, and stringing. Compared to a fiddle, this is one complicated pegbox -- 11 strings!
Thank goodness for the internet, where one can find some details on instruments that are unfamiliar to us. Really makes one wonder how repair folk in the 'old' days figured out what to do. The mechanics were straight-forward, but I had no idea on the tuning, and it turns out there are many.