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date: 19 November 2019

Duxian qin [danpao](Chin.: ‘one string instrument’)locked

  • Han Mei

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[danpao](Chin.: ‘one string instrument’)

Single-string box zither of the Jing minority in Guangxi province, China. Constructed from bamboo or wood, the body is approximately 100 cm long, 12 cm high, and 12 cm wide. Wooden instruments are rectangular, with a soundboard made of wutong (Firmiana plata nifolia) wood. Bamboo instruments are made by cutting a thick bamboo tube lengthways to make a flat bottom that is either closed with a flat piece of wood or left open. A tuning peg pierces one end of the soundbox, while a long flexible stem made of bamboo or buffalo horn is inserted into the top at the other end. A steel string travels from the tuning peg through a small hole in the soundboard, crosses a low bamboo or metal bridge, and runs at an oblique angle to affix to the stem within a small half gourd resonator, placed slightly above the soundboard.

Placed horizontally in front of the performer with the stem held in the left hand, the ...

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