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Inspired by the traditional Chinese version of the “stick” or “spike” fiddle; built by my student, Conrad Seto. The stick is from a folding camp bed, the strings are ordinary music wire. The bow hair runs between the two strings. As there is no fingerboard, the vibrating length of the string is stopped merely by touching it (free stopped). Instruments of this sort are found from North Africa all the way to Thailand and Japan. The bodies are generally made of gourds with stretched skin heads.

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