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The Gaohu is most commonly associated with Cantonese music, and was the leading instrument in Cantonese music and in the ensembles accompanying Cantonese Opera in the past. Today, it takes on the higher parts and often leading melodies in the string section of the Chinese orchestra.

Level: Beginner – Professional

Tonal Quality: Smooth, Powerful

Level: Beginner – Professional

Tonal Quality: Smooth, Powerful

Level: Beginner – Professional

Tonal Quality: Smooth, Powerful

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FINDING A SUITABLE GAOHU

With its attention-grabbing brightness in tone as well as its projective capabilities, special attention should be paid to the tone quality and playability of this leading instrument. The easiest way to describe a Gaohu would be a “higher-pitched Erhu”. It is tuned to a perfect fifth (G4 – D5) above that of the Erhu (D4 – A5).

The best Gaohu timbre should also be even and free of any form of distortions and wolf-tones. As with the Erhu, it should feel like a natural extension of your body, boasting excellent handling and responsiveness.

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MATERIAL

Like the Erhu, usage of hardwoods to make Gaohus is a must due to the high degree of string tension. The snakeskin should also be specially selected, requiring just the right amount of elasticity to ensure the optimal tonal quality for that of a Gaohu, which would be different from that of an Erhu.

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GAOHU VARIATION

Being a niche instrument, the Gaohu is not as mainstreamed as the Erhu and does not have as standardised a form. Many have experimented with the construction of the Gaohu to suit their own playing style and musicality. Coming in a variety of shapes, different designs include octagonal, circular, and even trumpet shaped soundboxes. We have concluded that an octagonal soundbox design is optimal for both orchestral and ensemble usage, possessing a balanced tone that blends well.

Zhang Lian Jun Black Sandalwood Gaohu Snake Skin

FURTHER CUSTOMISATION

The tone and handling of the Gaohu can be significantly altered by altering a variety of accessories like strings, bridges, dampers, and more. Do let us know should you want to further customize the tone of your Gaohu before receiving it. All Gaohus will undergo thorough checks by our luthiers before they are sent for shipment. Rest assured when you buy your Gaohu online. 

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THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA

For all international shipments of Gaohu, there will be an additional 10 working days of processing time for CITES export permit, unless you have indicated to us that your country do not require the CITES permit for imports. Please give us additional 10 working days of export permit application before sending out your purchased Gaohu.

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Best Value Chinese Musical Instrument

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Chinese Instruments Quality Guarantee

GUARANTEE

Chinese Instrument Warranty

WARRANTY

Chinese Instruments Delivery

DELIVERY

Instruments Buyer Data Protection

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