Recently I bought a cheap old oud without strings. I am an irish bouzouki player, so the wooden tuning pegs and the curved, angled head of the instrument is all new to me. The is noone near my place that could take a look at the oud, so I'm asking here.
As I put the strings on the oud (according to this picture) I noticed that some strings touch some other tuning pegs that are closer to the neck.
I tried to draw what I mean in the photo below (the problem regards not just this one string but more of them, I just wanted the picture to be clear):
While the angle of the bent string is not very sharp, I think it still creates some friction while tuning.
The nut is 5 mm thick, but even if it was twice as thick, some strings would still touch the others' pegs. If it was even thicker, I fear that it might cause too much friction while tuning the strings close to the neck, as their angle over the nut would be very sharp.
My question is: Is this normal with oud heads? If not, is there any way to fix it except for cutting the head off and repositioning it?