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Chinese Wooden and Bone Antique YUEQIN MOON GUITAR RUAN BIWAStringed Instrument

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Seller: ogkyo (6,625) 99.4%, Location: Ocean Grove, Victoria, Ships to: AU, Item: 361994934759 A beautiful Chinese Wooden Antique YUEQIN FRETTED LUTE. In reasonable condition featuring bone inserts. This instrument has four strings and 12 frets (3 missing). The top of the Yueqin features a lovely carved design with leaves and stars. This Yueqin is in need of some repair. It is missing two strings and one of the wood-turn pegs has broken off. The ends of two pegs feature lovely carved bone decorations. (one has been crudely re-glued) . The body and neck are in good solid condition with some scratches and marks and the body features six bone inserts around the edge of the instrument. The Yueqin does not have a sound hole but internal wires that vibrate to resonate. This Yueqin's wires can be heard when the instrument is tipped or shaken. Measures 59cm long x 34cm in diameter. Sourced from Japan. A unusual piece! The yueqin or yue qin,also known as the moon guitar, moon zither, gekkin, laqin, or la-ch‘in, is a traditional stringed Chinese instrument. It is a lute with a round, hollow wooden body which gives it the nickname moon guitar. It has a short fretted neck and four strings tuned in courses of two (each pair of strings is tuned to a single pitch), generally tuned to the interval of a perfect fifth. Occasionally, the body of the yueqin may be octagonal in shape. It is an important instrument in the Beijing opera orchestra, often taking the role of main melodic instrument in lieu of the bowed string section. The frets on all Chinese lutes are high so that the fingers never touch the actual body—distinctively different from western fretted instruments. This allows for a greater control over timbre and intonation than their western counterparts, but makes chordal playing more difficult. According to tradition, the instrument was invented in China during the 3rd- to 5th-century Jin Dynasty. The ruan, another Chinese instrument, is the ancestor of the yueqin. The name yueqin once applied to all instruments with a moon-shaped soundboard, including the ruan; however, "yueqin" now applies to a separate category from the ruan family.Traditional yueqin The yueqin in China has four strings, tuned in two "courses," D and A (low to high). Yueqin used for Beijing opera, however, have two single strings, only one of which is actually used, the lower string being there purely for sympathetic resonance. In Beijing opera, the player uses a small wood dowel instead of a plectrum to perform, and only plays in first position; this requires the performer to use octave displacement in order to play all the pitches within a given melody. The frets were formerly arranged rather like those on a mountain dulcimer, so that the instrument is diatonic; however, the fret size is high enough that any pitch may be bent up a minor 3rd. Modern yueqin have frets tuned in semitones. The strings on the traditional form of the instrument were made of silk (although nylon is generally used today) and plucked with a rather long, sharp plectrum, which is sometimes attached to the instrument with a piece of cord. There is no sound-hole, but inside the sound box are one or more strands of wire attached only at one end, so that they vibrate, giving the instrument a particular timbre and resonance. There is no bridge or saddle; the strings are simply attached to the anchor at the base of the instrument.PLEASE NOTE: All of our instruments are sourced from Japan. I try to describe the instrument to the best of my ability but I am not a musician so my knowledge is limited. If you have any specific questions I will do my best to find out the answer. Please check the photos carefully as I am unsure if all components of the instrument are included. Instruments are sold untested and may require additional work or restoration at the buyers expense. All instruments are second-hand! Originating Region: Japan, Original/Reproduction: Original

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