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Zhang Lian Jun African Violet Sandalwood Octagon Gaohu

An eight sided Beijing style Gaohu that is reliable and great sounding. The amazing part of this Gaohu is that there is barely any distortions of sounds when you are playing across all its registers and also has a powerful sound.

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

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Upgrade To Wittner 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.

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Be prepared to effortlessly charm your listeners with this well made and powerful Gaohu. Coaxing a beautiful sound has never been so easy before, and we guarantee that you will fall in love with this beauty instantly.

Crafted by Zhang Lian Jun, it masterfully harnesses the innate properties that African Violet Sandalwood has to offer, bringing out a crystal clear, bell-like, sparkling tone.

– Weight approx: 1.03kg (without box)

– Dimensions approx: 82cm x 10.5cm x 13cm (without box)

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

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Our Gaohus come with a 1 year warranty that covers for manufacturing defects. If you have any problems with the Gaohu, 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.


Master Zhang Lian Jun (张连均) has more than 30 years of industry experience and hails from a family of huqin makers. In his youth, Zhang honed his craft from one of the oldest surviving huqin makers – Master Wan Qi Xing (万其兴) for more than 20 years.

Zhang fervently believes in the old traditional methods of erhu making as he trusts the wisdom of the older generation master luthiers passed down upon him, however, he also believes in constantly fine-tuning the designs for the current generation. Xin Yue Qin Fang has earned its reputation as being the industry leader through its fine craftsmanship, quality control, tonal excellence.


Usage of quality ingredients is an essential part of crafting instruments with mesmerizing tone colors. Having been seasoned for a substantial period of time, this Violet Sandalwood is highly coveted for both furniture and instrument making. Heavily contributing towards this Gaohu’s achingly sweet tone, this wood also has a low level of moisture content, resulting in a very stable and solid structure that you can rely on.

Zhang Lian Jun African Violet Sandalwood Gaohu Wood

Sound Box Membrane

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

Zhang Lian Jun African Violet Sandalwood Gaohu Snake Skin


Carved with meticulous attention to detail, this decorative window is uniquely Suzhou, adding an element of tasteful symmetry to the Gaohu. Made from Rosewood and Boxwood, Zhang Lian Jun gently fits each window in by hand, seamlessly blending it into the Gaohu.

Zhang Lian Jun African Violet Sandalwood Gaohu Decorative Window


With a beautifully Suzhou design for both the headstock’s arch and six-sided tuning pegs, this design complements the mauve hue of the Violet Sandalwood. Topped with a crown made from bone and resin, the headstock is gorgeous to behold. Truly a work of art.

Zhang Lian Jun African Violet Sandalwood Gaohu Headstock


Having undergone rigorous testing and quality checks by our very own luthiers, each Gaohu is accessorized to bring out its most powerful tone, so you can rest assured even if you choose to buy your Gaohu online. Set up with Dunhuang brand strings, a set of fine tuners, a quality cloth damper, and a bridge made of Maple, we will be delighted to help you further modify its tone, creating a sound that checks all your boxes, and make this the best Gaohu possible for you.

Erhu Set-Up


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