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Lalz
09-16-2011, 01:28 AM
Hi all!
My friend found this picture of Bj÷rk online the other day and we're trying to figure out what instrument she is holding.
Any idea? It seems to have only two strings. Thanks!
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metricfuture
09-16-2011, 03:26 AM
The shape and tuning pegs remind me of a Ruan, but they have 4 strings (as far as I know) and a shorter neck. But I'd wager it's probably Chinese.

ukeeku
09-16-2011, 05:06 AM
the frets look like a dulcimer. when in tune you hold a string down anywhere and it sounds good.
No idea what it is

PoiDog
09-16-2011, 05:47 AM
I can't recall the name, but it is an East Asian instrument - I think Chinese (like Lalou said). I remember seeing them in a couple of homes when I lived in Honolulu, though I never heard them played.

Chinthe
09-16-2011, 08:40 AM
Perhaps a Vietnamese ĐÓn nguyệt or ĐÓn sến . . .

Lalz
09-17-2011, 01:20 AM
Thanks! Made a quick Google search on vietnamese ĐÓn nguyệt and ĐÓn sến (such lovely instruments!), I think these have raised frets? Our mystery instrument seems to have low action...

josh.kattelman
09-21-2011, 10:11 AM
Perhaps it's this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qinqin

Best,

-josh

Lalz
09-21-2011, 10:58 AM
I think you might very well be right Josh. Wikipedia says it can also have two strings and it looks really similar. Ok, I'll tell my friend the mystery has been solved :-)
Thanks!

josh.kattelman
09-21-2011, 11:31 AM
My pleasure! :)

UkuleleThreads
10-11-2011, 09:40 AM
Does it have 2 or 3 strings? It looks like 2, which makes me think Er Hu, though it does look much like a Qinqin, though they, to the best of my knowledge, always have 3 strings. Interesting...

ksiegel
10-11-2011, 03:35 PM
Does it have 2 or 3 strings? It looks like 2, which makes me think Er Hu, though it does look much like a Qinqin, though they, to the best of my knowledge, always have 3 strings. Interesting...

Except that an Er Hu is a bowed instrument, with the hairs of the bow in between the strings. it is also played vertically, not horizontally, and the skin - usually python skin - is a much smaller area. i think mine (for decoration only!) has about a 3-1/2 or 4" diameter "hoop" (since I can't recall the correct term), which is also longer than it is wide. (Which reminds me of Melanie Safka's song "Psychotherapy", but that's a much different discussion....)



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