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date: 16 November 2019

De-huun [konchi]locked

  • Gavin Douglas

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[konchi]

Three-string lute of the Akha people of highland Myanmar, China, Laos, and Thailand. It is about 60 cm long. It is called de-huun when bowed as a two-stringed lap fiddle (like the Chinese erhu, with the bow threaded between the two highest strings) and called konchi when the bow is set aside and the three strings are strummed or plucked. The fretless wooden neck is about 45 to 50 cm long and 3 cm wide, flaring above the peg-box to about 6 cm. The neck is affixed to a carved wooden body about 10 cm in diameter, with a goatskin soundtable. The 2-cm-tall wooden bridge sets the strings high enough for bowing but low enough to be pressed against the neck. The strings are tuned in various ways, usually with one string serving as a drone....

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