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A Simple and Portable Guqin Table Design

When playing the guqin, it is most commonly encountered on some sort of table - eitherĀ a specific guqin table, or any table really which could suffice. Due to the size…
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On the Advancement and Optimization of Metal Core Guqin Strings

Having previously discussed some of the basic principles and factors behind the mechanical and physical properties of silk strings and how they may ultimately relate to timbre, as well as…
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The Use of Novel Twisted Core Kevlar Strings and Other Synthetics for Plucked String Instruments

Previously, I just announced the latest development in my working and research regarding string making, presenting the world's first ever rope twisted core Kevlar string for the qin. However, even…
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Presenting the First Ever Twisted Core Kevlar Qin String!

In recent posts and pages, I have mentioned several possible synthetic materials to explore so far in use for qin strings - and as of tonight, I have just completed,…
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Silk Strings – On the Mechanisms That Give Rise to Timbre and Response

In my previous post, I gave an intensive introduction into string making, taking a look specifically at alternative methods and materials using synthetics for qin strings, as well as touched…
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String Making – An Introduction to Alternative Methods and Materials for Qin Strings

INTRODUCTION In my previous post String Making - The Beginnings of a Journey, I discussed some of the background of my journey into string making for the qin, mainly using…
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String Making – The Beginnings of a Journey

INTRODUCTION Up until now, all of my posts have primarily dealt with qin making. My previous post, on my experiences in finishing and French polishing the qin, will be the…
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Experiences with Finishing and French Polishing a Qin

Finishing an instrument is no easy endeavor, and is a whole process and art form in itself, especially for more manual and involved processes such as traditional Chinese lacquering and…
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Making a Qin – Designing for Tone

In my previous post, I dove into a rather lengthy introduction to alternative wood choices for qin woods, including data from The Wood Database on numerous possible choices for the…
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Making a Qin – Alternative Wood Choices

INTRODUCTION In my previous posts, I discussed several aspects of qin making, ranging from the process, to personal thoughts and experiences, to some important design considerations. In this post, I…
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