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RUAN

Based on the designs of the existing plucked string instruments of about 100 BC, the Zhongruan was the result of a desire for a new instrument that could be played on horseback. With 24 frets, 4 strings and a round body, it is often said to resemble a guitar, and is capable of producing a large array of dazzling sounds, that can be likened to jangling jade. 

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Level: Beginner – Professional

Tonal Quality: Smooth, Powerful

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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USABILITY

Sitting comfortably on one’s lap, the weight distribution of the Zhongruan should not lean heavily towards its neck. This will have the potential to impede the usage of performance techniques, hampering your music experience. With its frame having to withstand a good amount of string tension, hard tonewoods are used for the construction of its rim. Employing a variety of materials, they have the ability to alter the potential of the Zhongruan, giving it a different characteristic.

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PLAYING THE RUAN

Due to the close proximity of the strings to each other, the Zhongruan is usually played using a plectrum. Similar to a guitar pick, the plectrum is a solid piece of plastic that helps the player to produce a more full-bodied and solid tone colour when used to pluck the strings. The most basic playing techniques include the “tan” (彈): pluck outwards, and “tiao” (挑): pluck inwards, which when mastered can be used to play a tremolo, alternating the two movements to produce the notes so rapidly that they are indistinguishable from one another, producing a uniformed sound. The Zhongruan is able to play individual notes, producing melodies with a well-rounded tone colour, as well as rich, full-bodied chords, perfect for accompaniment.

HOW TO TELL IF YOUR ZHONGRUAN IS GOOD

From a serene, almost liquid like tone color, to brash fortissimos that embody the violent forces of nature, the tone of the Zhongruan should never sound scattered nor harsh even in the face of extreme dynamics. As such, the best Zhongruans should be able to handle these large contrasts in music with ease, allowing the musician to express their sentiments to their heart’s content.

SOUNDBOARD

The soundboard is another crucial aspect of the Zhongruan. Made from air dried cuts of paulownia wood, they have to be sufficiently seasoned in order to guarantee a good amount of resonance for the instrument. With the inclusion of sound holes, this accounts for the excellent projection that Zhongruans are known to have, enveloping its listeners in a comforting embrace.

BRINGING YOU THE BEST ZHONGRUAN

All Zhongruans have undergone rounds of quality assurance checks by both foreign and locally commissioned luthiers, allowing us to provide you with only the best products. To provide you with the best Zhongruan possible, our luthiers will conduct a series of rigorous checks to ensure that it is well set-up before your Pipa is packed and ready for shipment, so you can rest assured even if you choose to buy your Zhongruan online.

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Best Value Chinese Musical Instrument

VALUE

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Chinese Instruments Quality Guarantee

GUARANTEE

Chinese Instrument Warranty

WARRANTY

Chinese Instruments Delivery

DELIVERY

Instruments Buyer Data Protection

DATA-PROTECTION

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