“Baarbad” is a double-character instrument. In nine-string mode, a set of strings will be used so that Oud (Lute) players can easily play it. And When used as a six-string instrument, different types of Guitar and Banjo string sets will provide it with the best quality. Furthermore, this instrument presents its own particular sonority, since the plate under its bridge is made of skin and the back plate can either be made of skin or wood upon the instrumentalist’s taste.
Playing the Baarbad is very convenient as it doesn’t have a bowl (belly) as big as Oud (Lute); In addition, the harmonies will be highly lucid and sonorous, regardless of the technique and method employed in playing. It can be easily tuned, because modern hydraulic pegs have been utilized.
Baarbad’s musical color and sound character slightly differs by changing the skin, and by choosing a thinner or thicker type of skin you can produce a more melodious sound that you desire. However, it should reminded that the function of skin, wood, metal and rubber (caoutchouc), etc. used in soundboard beneath the bridge, is contrariwise to the strings, videlicet, the thinner they become, the more low-pitched sounds, and the thicker they become, the more high-pitched sounds they will deliver.