Hatay’s reeds used in making neys
They grow in their natural environment and are collected carefully before being stacked in workshops in accordance of their sizes and are left to dry, according to him.
After one year, Kahiloğulları punches holes in the reeds and puts the finishing touches.
“I have been making, selling and playing the ney for 15 years. The world’s most precious reeds are grown in Samandağ. Due to their quality and the suitability of their stems, these reeds are preferred in the production of ney. But not every reed can be used in the production of the ney, if that was the case, then the ney would have no value. That’s why I carefully pick the reeds I choose from the reed beds and bring them to my studio, where I leave them for a year to dry,” he said.
He said the reeds are kept in oil to maximize the sound of the flute and increase its durability.
“When holes are made by burning the neys, it shortens the life of the instrument. This is why I carve holes in the neys. The neys are made after meticulous efforts. Samandağ is known worldwide for growing high-quality reeds. Knowing this, the ney players demand these instruments from Hatay. I sell the neys I make in my studio on the internet. So far, I have sent the neys to the U.S., Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Scotland, Norway, Sweden and Egypt. They receive great interest and it makes me very happy,” Kahiloğulları said.
He said he also gives lessons to new ney players, adding, “Ney lovers come to my studio from many parts of the world. I also send neys to university students. I will do my best to maintain this art.”