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yukina
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:15 pm    Post subject: Music China 2013 Reply with quote

This is an interesting year of Music China. There are quite a few very good quality sounding guzheng, probably the best sounding guzhengs I've seen in my life. There are also fancy ones, eye ball drawing ones, and ugly ones. Wink

Both Dunhuang and Dunhuang Yun booths present very good sounding guzhengs. To me, it's like an apple and orange, very hard to choose. They are treating the soundboard differently this year. The boards are only lightly roasted into a golden color. It's not the over-roasted color like the past 10 years. The result is dreamy. It has the sweet tone of the old style guzheng with the power of the new. Very impressing!

It's sad that Scarlet Bird didn't come to the show because they don't have enough guzheng left in the factory. There is a big shortage in making.


There is also the improved version of the Dunhuang koto guzheng. This year, the whole guzheng is made in Japan by Mitsuya company. The sound is more clear than last year's version. The high is also improved. I think it's still lacking in the high range. It also needs strong plucking because the soundboard is very thick.















The little leaf zitan guzheng. Price is ¥150,000
I never like the sound of little leaf zitan guzheng because it's too tight, so the volume is small. This one is not bad.




The best sounding ones from Dunhuang booth made with rose zitan. It has a very rich sweet tone that reminds me of my Dunhuang Yun old rosewood from 10 years ago. Tears almost came out when I see this voice has been revived.








Chairman Mao's 100 years birthday special:




698BB is not so impressing this year. The best 698BB is still from year 2011




Other Dunhuang new models:








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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After 4 years, Dunhuang Yun is finally able to make another batch of Zitan Ivory guzheng. It's as tight and clean like the batch from 4 years ago, yet, it's more powerful and dynamic than the old batch.








The gold medal award in guzheng making competition this year. (It's made by my current favorite guzheng maker who has won the Dunhuang competition 2 years in a row.)

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the most weired thing in the show:

A guzheng made in guqin style with the guqin lacqur. You can imagine that it doesn't sound.









There are also a lot of replica this year:

























The Japanese maker Mishimaya also came to the show this year. They brought a very nice 21-string koto and a replica of se.








A replica of se with silk strings:




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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tianyi Booth:








The little leaf zitan guzheng with jade price at ¥400,000.







Jinyun Booth:









Longfeng:









Songbo:

All guzheng are sold out in just a few hours this year as well. LOL





Their travel-size is not bad.



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Others:


















Most ugly guzheng:


Most beautiful:





Some makers are also trying carved ones, but not really successful.





There is also kayagum:







fancy guqin


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Carey
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Carol! It's so interesting to see all the different kinds of guzheng that are being made.
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yukina
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also got the chance to see my idol Yuan Sha's seminar in the Music China Show:



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Carey
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, Yuan Sha! So lucky... Surprised

What songs did she play?
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Sunny
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. It is great. I may need to visit this Music Show next year. At least once in a life time. Thanks a lot for Yukina's efforts bringing us so interesting photos and info.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photos, Carol. It looks like a lot of fun. Who is the maker of the fancy guqins?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The guqin is made from some maker in Yangzhou. I don't remember the name.
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