The Zhonghu is like the alto of the Huqin family. The construction of a Zhonghu is similar to that of an erhu, but with a larger neck and resonator. The strings are tuned to a fifth lower than that of an Erhu.
The Zhonghu produces a deep and mellow tone, similar to that of a Viola, but more expressive.
One of Yu Kai Ming’s excellent batch of Zhonghus, this one made from Violet Sandalwood will surely serve performers well,
It has a warm and mellow timbre (especially in the lower registers) with clean and articulate high registers.
What it is
A violet sandalwood Zhonghu by Zhejiang maker Yu Kai Ming
At a glance
Warm and mellow timbre at the lower registers with clean and articulate high registers.
Above average responsiveness and playability.
- Solo, ensemble and orchestra
Why you should buy it
- Responsive and easy to play with a comfortable neck
- Nice deep and mellow Zhonghu tone that most are looking for
- Still sounding articulate at the high registers
Why some might not want it
- Less bassy compared to those Zhonghu with bigger resonator
About the Maker
YKM, or Yu Kai Ming, is a renowned maker that was once commissioned by Xi Jinping to make an erhu for the German Chancellor. He learned his erhu making under the late Wang Gen Xing – one of the great erhu makers of the 90s.
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