16-String, Steel, Hidden Tuning

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The original source and age of this zheng is unknown as its current owner purchased it at auction, but a flyer in its tuning pin compartment advertised a concert in Taipei in 1988.

This instrument has two straight fixed bridges and 16 strings of steel with 2 of the bass strings wound with copper. The backboard is curved but appears to be made of very thin plywood. The tuning pins are inside a hinged compartment. The moveable bridges have holes in their center and are threaded together on a string.

Photographed by GZA in 2017. Used with permission of owner.

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