updated Aug 7, 2005

Morin Huur
Morinhuur is a Mongolian bowed string instrument. There is a horse head decoration on the top, so it is also known as a horse-head fiddle. The resonance box is a trapezium made of wood. In the past the sound box was mounted with animal skin but now the reformed sound box is covered with a piece of wood to amplify the sound. Two bundles of strings are used: the smaller bundle for low pitch, the larger bundle for higher pitch. The The two strings are tuned in G and C, four intervals apart. The lower string is on the outer side of the player, as opposed to common arrangement of Chinese string instruments. The two strings playing together can achieve a strong resonance. Unlike the erhu, the bow is not set in between the strings. The bow can move freely.
Morin Huur
 
 
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