I've build an Erhu for my daugther and I think it is pretty ok. She would also like to play a Zhonghu so I'd like to build one of those too. My problem is, that I can't find the dimension of a Zhonghu on the Internet.
So I'd like to ask if someone in this forum who owns one could measue some of the dimensions for me. I need especially:
The diameter of the soundbox (top to bottom and/or edge to edge)
The lenght of the soundbox
The distance between the top of the soundbox to the first peg
Thank in advance to everyone who is able and willing to help
The Erhu is not quite finished yet. It needs more sanding and a finish. Also the headpiece is not done yet and the pegs need some work too, like bone inlays so that the strings won't cut into the wood.
Hello Jones, I can help you, because I have a zhonghu (just new) - diameter: 12 centimeter - length of the soundbox: 15 centimeter - The distance between the top of the soundbox to the first peg: 49,5 centimeter
You have built a very nice erhu and the sound will be (I hope for you) also very nice. I loved the sound of the zhonghu and I hope I can learn to play it from the instructions on youtube. I have bowing experience with violin, violoncello and a little with kemence. Have a good time with building the zhonghu for your daughter!
Here in the Netherlands a lot of people were seeking for an erhu teacher. They didn't find someone, so they are using the app "Bridging the Gap" (Patty Chan, american professor in music and especially erhu).I think I'll buy this app.Now,I was using via youtube lessons from another Chinese teacher. The bowing technique is really very different from violin and from cello.
Ah, you are trying to make recordings coming weekend, I am interested, would be nice to hear the erhu!
Have a good time with constructing the zhonghu and stay healthy with your family.