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i.guzheng
Nanmu Mica


Joined: 25 Mar 2006
Posts: 244
Location: Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject: Off Tune Reply with quote

Hi All:

I have an old guzheng that often go off tune during practice. I have had new strings in last Dec. , move bridges around and don't seem to help. Any suggestions is appreciated!

Thank you.
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chineseharp
Rosewood


Joined: 09 Feb 2010
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Location: Minnesota, USA

PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it because the sound board is too smooth, thus making the bridges move around too easily?
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i.guzheng
Nanmu Mica


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Chineseharp:

Soundboard is fair, bridges are pretty grounded, as I like my strings tight. It bothers me that I can't figure out what's wrong with it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would it be that the scroll (the thing that you put through the strings and tighten it to desire pictches) is loosened/too smooth?(I mean the connection between the wood and the metal thing) I once had a voilin that has the problem. If so, maybe you can try to use a sand paper to roughen the connection between them?

I hope you understand what I'm trying to say....

Anyway, it might be a hard problem to fix if you are not handy....

Also, I've also heard somebody to try to use sandpapers to roughen the soundboard and the base of the bridge to prevent the bridge from slipping or moving during practicing.

Hope it helps!
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citera
Baby Guzheng


Joined: 13 Jun 2015
Posts: 41
Location: Hungary

PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'am sure that the tuning pegs' holes are worn out. I have made more than 100 Hungarian zithers, and what you have described, are tipical symptomes of the hole wearing. If you have luck, your zheng has piano pegs. Piano pegs are manufactured in four diameter: 6mm, 6,25; 6,5; 6,75 and 7mm. You just should swap to them the folloving diameter pegs. Or drill up the holes to 10mm, glue into hardwood sticks, and redrill. The redrill"s diameter be less then the peg's diameter with 0,5mm. Soap the pegs, before you hammer them into the holes! It must work!
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