America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

America's #1 Balance Bike Destination
America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

23 January 2007

Buy this kanun

13 comments:

Redneck Texan said...

Cool.

metin said...

your dad is really good! this tune brings back a lot of my childhood memories of grandparents and happier times

dbadioxide said...

i realised how much i missed this sound together with my family. my home sound. it gave me home warmth in this pole cold morning today. your dad is very good.

Noel said...

I saw it on Ebay . Wish I could afford it to help you out , but I would have to sell a bunch of wrenches .

Infidel said...

Ah, Irfan amca, ah aaaaah....

As I sit here and listen to you playing the beautiful sounds of the kanun, I am reminded of the great times I had in Istanbul drinking Raki with my brothers and cousins puffing away on the flavored hookas, laughing, and forgetting about all the world's problems...... Thank you for giving me this moment of much needed bliss from times past.

You are a master of your trade, Irfan amca, the kanun looks and sounds immaculate. I, as well as many others, would love it if you would delight us with another piece however short whenever you have time again.

Ellerinden operim. Tesekkurler...



Murat, my brother, please make it happen again. Thank you for posting this. It made my day.

Murat Altinbasak said...

Thank you everyone. I will show the comments to my father tomorrow and it will make him very happy. He saw me posting it and kind of shrugged his shoulders, not believeing that anyone would really see it.

Noel: My next big tool auction is Feb 17th- I can't wait!

infidel: I can easily coax a few more recordings out of "Charlie" before he returns to Mudanya..

You're in Brooklyn, NY I believe, correct? Then you might have heard of the Fatih Cami- dad and I built and installed all of the raised panel doors at it's front entry back in the mid eighties.. Was even mentioned in a book which turns up on Google when you search my dad's full name. (This is also the place where I went to "Sunday School" for a couple of years, and every single Bayram namaz all through my childhood.
Also the Turkish Consulate downtown- we did a $20,000 remodel job down there in the early 80s.. I was pretty young at the time. Dad came home with an envelope full of cash for that one. As a kid it lit me riht up to see that.
Besides that, my dad and uncle did millions of business in the tri-state area in the years of 81-86. Every single "Chemical Bank" and every Citibank in the area (300+ of them) was remodeled by our family (bullet-proof teller lines, countertops, millwork, cabinetry, standing/running trim etc.) Today the entire business is in my uncle's hands as dad is retired. Now he just builds instruments.. and fixes the deficiencies of my house every time he visits, never sitting still.

metin said...

Murat: You took me back a few years to New York and Brooklyn with your nostalgic remisniscence. It was good to see 'Chemical Bank' where my parents used to have an account. They along with PanAm, and Eastern airlines, The Bowery savings bank with Joe DiMaggio on the commercials, Korvettes and Gimbels department stores, and others are now part of history long gone.

Tell your dad we are so pleased to have met him even if it is through the modern marvels of the blog world.

Murat Altinbasak said...

What about 'Gertz' and 'Alexanders'?
We'd shop at the Flushing Queens locations when i was a kid.. Remember "Crazy Eddy"? who I believe was put out of business by "The Wiz"?

The Infidel said...

Murat,

when's Charlie scheduled to go back? And, yes, please try to record whatever you can. I'm also wondering actually about something else. I remember seeing an old picture of your father when he first came to the US and he was holding a saz instrument. Does he still play that or was that a hobby back in those days?

Nope, I live on the UWS, but I did hear that there is a Turkish mosque somewhere around here. I guess it's the one you're talking about. I'll visit it in spring when the weather gets warmer, I guess. Don't even get me started on those sunday schools, Murat. I could write a whole book on them..

It seems you guys did a lot of business around here. That's pretty cool. You've definitely left your family mark in a lot of places. I know I'll be telling this story again.

-- this comment was brought to you by a client of

Citibank NY, remodeled by Altinbasak and Company.

Murat Altinbasak said...

Infidel, I'm reminded of the name of our family business back then: KIMEA Woodworking.
Each letter represents a name of a family member.. Charlie thought of this long before IKEA was even a blip on the radar screen. (IKEA is also an acronym of first names of the founder's immediate family)

The Infidel said...

That's cool. Too bad you can't sue IKEA...

metin said...

Crazy Eddie! His prices are insane! There also was 'Adelmans' on Coney Island Avenue, many auto parts purchased by my dad there trying to resuscitate the oldsmobile delta 88 with the 455 engine when a gallon of gas was 65 cents. The New York Cosmos. The Minolta sign on Times Square. The Camel ad with the smoke coming out of the guys' mouth. Bond's clothes. Mayor Koch. Bill Beutel. Bill Boggs. Wonderama. The Electric Company. Phil Donahue. The Russian Tea Room. Studio 54 in its heyday. Limelight. Abraham & Strauss.

gurkan said...

For a brief moment I was transported to better times. Thank's Murat.

Metin,
Crazy Eddies huh, I purchased my first T.V. there. Do you recall the sex shop a few stores down. My friends and I would often pay a visit to the shop after the movies only to get kicked out.
There's a few excellent Turkish restaurants on that avenue now. The popular Saharas and my favorite Taci.