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Cao Rong 1st Grade Indian Violet Sandalwood Erhu

A premium Shanghai masterpiece, this Erhu bring you a whole new experience and understanding of how Erhu can sound like.  The lightly wax vanished surface of the wood feels smooth and the wood looks like it is glowing with beautiful purplish-reddish hues. You will find that this Indian Violet Sandalwood Erhu has a powerful, clean and sweet tone which exudes a different class of its own compared to other Erhus.

Accessories & Top-ups:

Overseas CITES Application (+2 Weeks Shipping)

FREE Erhu Accessories (Worth $80) - Semi Hard Case, Bow, Damper, Finer Tuners, Rosin, Steel Wound Strings (Fitted-on)

Upgrade To Dark Grey Travel Hard Case

This Travel Hard Case has been engineered to withstand even the greatest knocks. While the looks and design of the hard case is extravagant, the case also provides premium comfort when it is being brought about.

The Hard Case is an excellent choice for musicians and enthusiasts, who are looking for a trustworthy case to protect their instruments. It is an excellent choice for those who do not mind the added weight, but want the most optimum protection.

Upgrade To Wittner Erhu Fine Tuners

Made in Germany - these fine tuners, also known as fine adjusters, are made of nickel plated steel and extremely well crafted. Compared to normal China made fine tuners, these fine tuners are more gentle on the strings, easier to turn and also able to fine tune a greater range.

You can either purchase them in pairs or single. Select single if you only need to attach it onto one single string.

Upgrade to Pirastro Schwarz Rosin

The Black Schwarz, one of the hardest rosin of the Pirastro brand, it is very suitable for hot and humid climates and do not clump up easily. It is relatively easy to dust when applied on the bow and it produces a bright sound when played on steel strings. Although this rosin is made for violin, but it is also recommended for Erhu, Zhonghu and Gaohu as well.

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For beginner and intermediate players, this is one of the best Erhu money can buy, it will be quite exorbitant but definitely an option that will never go wrong – as you will find out the moment you play on it. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly Erhu, do check out our Beginner Grade Erhus and Intermediate Grade Erhus to work within your budget.

If you a professional player this Erhu is perfect for you, however do check out your other options if you have any budget constraints – Professional Grade Erhus, and Collector’s Grade Erhus.

The tonal quality of this Indian Violet Sandalwood Erhu is Powerful, Clean and Sweet. It is a good choice for you if you would like to record in a near range or a studio setting.

The tone colour is even across all the usable registers and very easy to control.

– Weight approx: 1.03kg (with box)

– Dimensions approx: 82cm x 10.5cm x 13cm (with box)

Shipping timings can only be calculated when you have selected the type of courier during checkout.

*Do note that for all international shipments of Erhus, please allow us an additional 10 working days for application of CITES before we ship out your purchase.

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Our Erhus come with a 1 year warranty that covers for manufacturing defects. If you have any problems with the Erhu, you can contact us to let us know what issues you are facing.

Do note that we do not cover for damages caused by user accidentally or intentionally. String breakages are also not covered.

Refund and returns request will only be fulfilled if there is out-of-box failures or missing packages, more details can be found here.

A MAKER YOU CAN TRUST

Having bagged multiple prestigious awards such as the ‘The Ninth Shanghai Most Talented Craftsman Award’ and ‘Shanghai Labour Day Award’ and more, master Cao Rong (曹荣) is the head of craftsmen in Shanghai No. 1 Musical Instruments Factory (Dunhuang Yi Chang 敦煌一厂). Master Cao Rong is also in-charge of the development of Huqin at Dunhuang.

Every Erhu stamped by Master Cao Rong is meticulously crafted by hand outside of his working hours at Dunhuang. His Erhus are popular throughout China particularly in Shanghai and also Taiwan. His Erhus are known to sound clean and warm yet extremely responsive to touch, with extended use over the years, his Erhus matures beautifully – This is why many conservatory students love his instruments. With his Erhus, you will  find it easier to play fast passages and high notes, and you will also have full bodied sound at the lower end of the range.

WOOD

Indian Violet Sandalwood

Not to be confused with the African Sandalwood Erhu, this Indian Violet Sandalwood type of wood that you will find in the Beijing forbidden palace used by royalties. Only grown in India, this wood is extremely precious and is currently endangered, the wood that you see today is harvested from old antique furniture passed down from generations. This Indian Violet Sandalwood Erhu is quite literally “Fit for a king” and the tone is extremely sweet, unlike any other Erhu you have ever seen.

Cao Rong 1st Grade Indian Violet Sandalwood Erhu Wood

Sound Box SKIN

The key to a sensitive and good sounding Erhu lies in the resonating skin of the sound box. You will find the skin is stretched to a uniform tension across the sound box and is fitted by hand. When you gently press the skin with your fingers, you will find that it is firm to touch. This ensures that the membrane will resonate the sound box to its maximum potential so as to give you a full and deeper sound. 

Cao Rong 1st Grade Indian Violet Sandalwood Erhu Skin

DECORATIVE WINDOW

Elegant and refined, this decorative window has a Shanghai design, and is tailored made for all of Cao Rong’s soundboxes. Created by combining Boxwood and Rosewood, the material is sturdy yet elastic to provide support to the sound box so that your Erhu will be more durable.

Cao Rong 1st Grade Indian Violet Sandalwood Erhu Window

HEADSTOCK

The elegant Shanghai styled headstock arch and six-sided tuning pegs, is a traditional design that is unique to the Shanghai styled Erhus. When you perform with this Erhu, you will find it well-balanced and light, it is less strenuous on your left hand after long hours of playing this Erhu.

Cao Rong 1st Grade Indian Violet Sandalwood Erhu Headstock

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