What it is
The best selling Zhongruans are made by Song Guang Ning (endorsed by Zhang Xin Hua). Their Zhongruans are well made, have good playability and good tone. They are most popular among instructors and students.
This model is made from basswood (Duanmu) and features steel frets for added clarity and noise reduction.
At a glance
- A Zhongruan with good tone and playability.
- Professional/performance level ruan players.
Why you should buy it
- Song Guang Ning’s instruments are well sought after for their good quality and tone.
Why some might not want it
- Beginner players might want something less pricey to start with.
About the Maker
Song Guang Ning was born in 1934 to a family of farmers. Seeking to improve his family’s well-being after years of drought, he ventured to Beijing at the age of 15 and through fate, got into contact with a small Chinese instrument workshop. In those days, there were no machinery suitable for making Chinese instruments, so every single instrument was hand crafted from start to finish. Only after many long arduous years did he first start a new factory, the “Beijing Chinese Instrument Factory”. Song’s crafts include a vast range of Chinese instruments, with his Zhongruan and Sanxian being the most sought after instruments.
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