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date: 15 November 2019

Gen Xing Wang locked

  • Cheng Liu
  •  and Stewart Carter

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(b Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China, Sept 15, 1935). Erhu maker in Shanghai. He began making erhus in 1951 under the tutelage of Tang Yinpu. Since 1958 he has worked on the premises of Shanghai No. 1 National Musical Instruments Factory, where he maintains his own workshop. He makes approximately 100 professional-quality instruments per year (but does not make bows) and also serves as design consultant for the firm’s mass-produced erhus, production of which exceeds 60,000 units annually. Wang uses steel strings, the lower overwound, and prefers rosewood for the construction of the erhu’s neck and python skin for the head of the octagonal wooden resonator; the Shanghai factory has obtained special permission from the Chinese government to use the skin of this protected snake. Wang is among a very small number of erhu makers to hold the title of National Senior Technician, an honour bestowed on him by the Chinese Ministry of Labor in ...

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