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308 erhu

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body: wood, with snake skin over front face; L.81.6cm
strings: 2, steel
bow: 1
range: d' -d"" ; tuning: d' -a'

Also called huqin or nanhu. The instrument is placed on the left knee, and the bow is passed between the strings. The lower portion of the back of the resonator consists of lattice work. Used as a solo instrument, in instrumental ensembles and for theatrical accompaniment.

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