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    Default Where to buy good quality ethnic instruments (Chinese erhu)

    So my sister-in-law loves studying Chinese and Japanese culture, and since I know guitars, has tasked me with helping her find a good quality Erhu (essentially a two-stringed Chinese fiddle, you can hear how they sound here).

    It's obviously not the type of thing you find at the local Banjo Mart. And my experience with ethnic instruments is that most "manufacturers" sell them with the intended use as keepsakes and conversation pieces, not quality functional musical instruments. I figured someone here might be able to steer me in the right direction.

    Any help would be appreciated - thanks!
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    Default Re: Where to buy good quality ethnic instruments (Chinese erhu)

    Lark In The Morning

    I do not know if their physical store still exists, but they have a nice selection of world instruments.

    I have bought from them with no problems.
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    Default Re: Where to buy good quality ethnic instruments (Chinese erhu)

    You can try www.soundofasia.com. They specialize in guzhengs but should have some erhus in stock. Give Carol a call. She's pretty knowledgeable about various Asian instruments.
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    Default Re: Where to buy good quality ethnic instruments (Chinese erhu)

    Lark in the Morning's quality has never been spectacular, in my experience. If you want to find something of professional quality (and I don't know that you do, but....), the best thing to do would be to find someone who plays the instrument at least semi-professionally, and ask where to go.


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    Default Re: Where to buy good quality ethnic instruments (Chinese erhu)

    I know a few highly skilled erhu players. Unfortunately, I'm halfway across the planet

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