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Spring in JiangNan - A piece that requires an extremely good tone in traditional erhu. Mellow low notes and crystal clear harmonics which needs to be executed in massive sequence. This piece is placed at Grade 5 - 6 under most major conservatory syllabus, meaning this erhu is actually good enough for the intermediate performers, but priced for the most basic beginner. For more information of the Cambodian Scented Rosewood Erhu that Spring in Jiangnan was performed with, click here.

Liu Wen Jin's Capriccios of the Three Gorges was all the rage in the early 1980s, when it was one of the first major pieces for all performers. Demanding of the performer to execute fast bowings, and yet the ever-desired mellow basses, it surprised most that we created EcoErhu to match and better this demand and priced it way under $200. Using the often under-rated Thai Rosewood (usually known as Hong Tan), we have proved once again that with EcoErhu membrane, perhaps, there is no such thing as a bad wood. To find out more about the Thai Rosewood Erhu, click here.

One of the earliest violin piece transcribed by Chen Gang, Sunshine in Tarxkorgan is graded as a Diploma Level performance piece. Performers at this level usually require an Erhu made with the sensitivity and touch, as well as dyamics, volume and tone and they usually costs over $800. The erhu needs to be sensitive to every nuance, and respond at instant touch to every thought of the performer. We, instead, made one using Dark Rosewood or Dalbergia, commonly passed of as Aged Rosewood, and worked on the finer details, ensuring it can be the best possible. The Dark Rosewood Erhu , which costs less than $260, is a definite must have for any advanced performers performing outdoors. Imagine the horrors of performing this piece, and the weather turns foul, changing the humidity. The usual python skin Erhu may simply sag, as python skin expands with contact to moisture, and YOUR Sunshine in Tarxkogan will be a very gloomy one.....

To enter a prestigious conservatory for Erhu, budding musicians usually play pieces which display extreme levels of dexterity and skill for auditions. Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen is usually one of the pieces most commonly played. Demands of atrociously solid notes at all octaves, extreme clarity, even when doing pizzicato, crystal clear artificial harmonics ............. and the list of requirements goes on and on. The last thing the performer needs, is to have an Erhu that may not respond, or may not perform up to the level it needed, or to worry about finding the budget to pay for such an Erhu, instead of practicing as hard as they should be. EcoErhu was founded by musicians who have been through that stage in life, and hence created this model, The Black Sandalwood (Grenadila) EcoErhu, and priced it UNDER $300. It meets all exacting demands, and yet is friendly to the budget for any musician.

The height of Erhu repertoire today, performed by the younger "super-performers" of today's Erhu world, would be the series of Erhu Rhapsodies composed by Wang JianMin. Zech plays here one of the latest works, The Fourth Rhapsody. Needless to say the piece makes anyone marvel that the different timbres, sounds, techniques, and effects the two-stringed Erhu can give you. The African Sandalwood EcoErhu, is easily a dream to play for any musician, and a must have, if you are preparing to be a professional performer.
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