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Has it ever happened to you that you have ever seen people smaller than you do things that you have always wanted to do? It happens to more than one person, and even if he doesn’t do it publicly, he asks himself questions like: why haven’t I dared to do it? or what does he have that I don’t? ANY
It has nothing. On this planet no one is better than anyone. Taken to the sense of erhu territory, that boy who is touching the erhu in the photo does so because he simply took “that first step” to touch it . Many of us deny that first step, when it is the most important. We have used this photo to make you aware that you can too!
We are going to help you give that first push that more than one of us needs. How? Giving you the most basic concepts so that you gradually get into playing the erhu musical instrument. We are going to get true Erhuistas to come from here (that is preceded by the word artist, said like this in Spanish). Make a small scroll down and click:
The dog is the inseparable friend of every person , at least that is how we see it in Western culture, and the protective sheath and the erhu cannot live without one and the other. Do you want what happens to you that you are walking calmly, suddenly it starts to rain and your erhu gets wet if you have it as naked?
Surely not, right? You have to take care of the erhu for what it is, an ancient violin used in various countries of the world. We are like that father and mother who want the best for you and your erhu: You so that you do not end up spending more, if it damages you when getting wet and having to change it for another, therefore, prolonging the life of the erhu a little more
Well, we shut up, for parents you already have yours, not us. Let’s see if it is true that you listen to us by clicking on the following link:
Thank you for touring the Machupichu waterfall in succession of images, not of water, as it should be at first 😜. It seems that you really love your erhu …
We say it seems to be because only those who have it “all”, want it, really want it. Loving your erhu is not just committing to touch him for as long as necessary until you have certain gifts
To love your erhu is to protect him against any threat from outside or to give him alternatives so that he does not lose his life for a while. Not having spare strings (one of those accessories that is part of the “all”) for your erhu is synonymous with not caring about the health of your erhu. You are in time for us to change our mind:
What story flies over the erhu instrument?
It all started between the 6th century and the 10th century d.C (after Christ), a time that, at that time, China was reigned by the Tang dynasty, a reign that if for something stood out, it was because of the enormous advance that there was in the Chinese culture of that time in every way , both lyrically and musically. The top men of the Tang dynasty were determined to develop all kinds of instruments for their people . It is not only evident that they significantly influenced the development of other well-known Chinese instruments such as the Guzhenzg or the Gugin, they are also credited with the first model of the erhu and those who made it known on a large scale. We say that they played an important role, because they were not the pioneers in developing it
The Chinese kingdom, at that time, had a tense dispute over territories with neighboring countries. The closest of all and the one that occupied the largest border area was and continues to be Mongolia, a name attributed to the Proto-Mongols . To know the origin of these, those who currently inhabit Mongolia are the Mongols. The nickname “proto” in front of Mongolian, is attributed to the ancestors of the Mongols , tribal groups that inhabited a certain part of what is now Mongolia during the first centuries AD. That said. Why do we mix people from China and Mongolia at the same time, being two totally different territories, and what direct relationship does it have with the erhu?
Well, the Tang dynasty had its end back in the 8th century . During all that time trance and until the 13th century, the proto-Mongols tried, without success, to invade certain territories of China. That is , until the century just come up we told where from 1206 to 1294 took place the second reign most important in history, the Empire Mongo l , only behind British Empire. They came to occupy from the extreme east of China to nearby areas of Europe. Almost nothing! By this we want to tell you that these people adopted roots from various countries, including Chinese. The Mongol Empire wanted to excel in anything , in its unconditional desire for continental domination,and music was one of them . The Proto-Mongols developed a first instrument that featured a cowhide string and a recessed stone soundboard. They used a small wooden pole to touch it
The cronyism that existed between this proto-Mongol ethnic group and the border areas with China, led the Tang dynasty to be inspired by its design, and after the beginning of the Mongol invasion, they usurped the instrument and it was prohibited to play it in practically all of Asia , since they considered it as an offense, as the Mongolian people had served servitude to one of the conquered territories , something that the empire itself could not have a clear conscience just to read. This was the case for a short time: at the gates of the 14th century, the Mongol Empire came to an end , something that was evident from the large number of territories it called, and that first model of a two-stringed instrument was left to the regions close to China, where there was and still is an interesting mix of Mongolian with Chinese people
So, at this point, we see that the ancestors of the Mongol tribe had a first idea. They wanted to have an instrument with which to savor and print joy every time they conquered certain areas of China. But the Chinese, very kind, welcomed him and they felt so well received that they began to mix roots, the Mongols to the Chinese and the Chinese to the Mongols , to such an extent that the Chinese had their own model based on the first model, and the Mongols their own. This first two-stringed instrument, both the Chinese and the Mongols, agreed to name it Xiqin . “Xi” is due to the name that currently has one of the northeastern regions of China, known as “former Mongolia”, area where the majority of encounters between the proto-Mongols and the Chinese took place. And “qin” had and has the meaning of instrument
Therefore, this first spawn of an instrument was called “the instrument of the Xi people.” It is said that it is the oldest stringed instrument , and it is precisely one of those responsible for the whole family of stringed instruments that exist in China today, not only the erhu, but others such as the gaohu or the banju, with permission from ”Huqin”, which we will now comment on. With the advancement at all levels of Chinese culture, and aware that this first instrument had shared stories, they wanted to model an instrument inspired by the Xiqin, but developed 100% by them . Like thatAn instrument derived from the Xiqin used two strings, they decided to use the first nomenclature “er” (in Chinese 二), precisely because of the number of strings it had and still has: 2
The first meaning was and is two, while the second, Hu, is due to another people close to Xi, Hu, where Chinese and Mongol cultures also shared. The Xiqin and Huqin had their main rivalry to see who was the pioneer of the instrument. Ultimately, the Hu people won the battle because the Xi people could not prove with facts that they were the first to use the instrument. Hence, all the Chinese rubbed-string instruments that we know today as Dahu, Erhu, Gaohu or Sihu, have the word “hu” as a prefix.. At first it was thought that the Xi group was exclusively of Mongolian origin, but not at all. This town was located in the middle of the two countries, since today it would occupy a part of Mongolia and another of China. This makes others do not accept that the instrument is called erhu, although this has been forgotten
Once it became known throughout the Chinese continent and given its strict laws, the name of the instrument remained as we know it today, although this was not the case until after a few centuries: From the 14th century to the end of the century XVIII, the instrument was used only in southern China. It did not expand nationally . You ask, why? There are several theories about this. The first one is therivalry that the Chinese have always maintained against neighboring countries. They, whatever gadget they saw that people used, they always mistrusted if it was a product from another place than China. This led to the fact that for years and in secret, only a part of the Chinese people touched it: the southern region, more specifically the current area known as Guanxi . The predecessors of the ancient Xi community, moved to this area and surrounding areas. In all those areas, it was played privately for years without the bosses knowing
During that time, and unbeknownst to those people from the south, the northern regions of China began to use another rubbed-string instrument, which today is less known and stands out for having four strings: the sihu . Why that instrument if and the erhu in the beginning no? It has its explanation: This instrument is played in the northeast regions of China Liaoning, Heilongjiang and Jilin .For several centuries, what today makes up the double Korea, had maintained a bitter rivalry with the Chinese people in all respects, especially in that part of China. The Chinese, seeing that the Koreans had their own instrument, decided to create their own. They used the prefix “Si” (四) (which in Chinese means four) And why is this? As the instrument of the ethnic groups of ancient Korea had 3 strings, they wanted to make a better one by putting four on it , in this desire to rivalry to see who was better than who.
In fact, today there is also an erhu with particular Korean names, so you can see that, indeed, there was a dispute between both sides. From the end of the 18th century until the middle of the 20th century, the Sihu was considered the main instrument of the country and the first that had been developed in history. This did not last long until the emergence of Liu Tianhua, one of the composers of the most important time, was, until then, an unknown composer of the erhu. In 1920, when he performed a concert in the very capital of China, Beijing, with his erhu , he received nothing but praise from the public and, for the first time, it was echoed nationally that if there was an instrument that went back al Sihu, very, very old
For the first time, the Chinese kingdom saw that for centuries an instrument was used that much of the country was unaware of . It makes perfect sense, because at the time the necessary means did not exist for something of such importance to be quickly made known and spread throughout the continent. The fact that Liu played in the capital of the country, meant a before and after in the history of the erhu . If before that concert he was known to certain ethnic groups, right after the concert he was known to hundreds of thousands of people and,Over the years and the emergence of the media such as the newspaper or the appearance of the first televisions, it culminated in making the definitive leap at the global level so that we all know it today for what it is: the instrument Chinese two-string violin par excellence . Any detail you want to write down in the history of the erhu is welcome. We work like Wikipedia: whatever the user wants to add and at our expense, we will add it. You will only need to contact us and that’s it 😉
What parts is the erhu violin made of?
The soundboard or Qin Tong (琴筒) of the Chinese instrument erhu
Also known as the resonating box or resonance box of the Chinese violin, this element of the erhu stands out for having predominantly hexagonal shapes, and to a lesser extent, octagonal and round
It is said that it adopts this form in reference to the musical scale that it uses, which is of the DA type (D Major-A Major), although it also makes sense that the octagonal, since it covers the entire musical scale: from the highest C to C lower
It can be formed , like the whole structure, of mahogany wood, paulownia or Chinese wood . The rest of the aspect of the resonator body, depending on the model, can have a slightly sunken horizontal base (octagonal shapes) or totally rectilinear (hexagonal shapes)
The resonant membrane or Qin pi (琴 皮) of the Chinese instrument erhu
It is the characteristic lining that covers the resonance box of any erhu model that you see for sale in the market, at least the original ones . Its upholstery stands out for using a purely organic element: snake skin, and more specifically, python skin.
Its use is due to millennial times, when the first citizens to use it, the Xi and Hu community, used skins of different types of animals. They stayed with the python due to its high elasticity, in addition to being very resistant and waterproof
The neck or Qin gan (琴 杆) of the Chinese instrument erhu
This piece of beam is no more than 1-1.5cm thick, taking into account the width and length . The total length of this neck, not including the soundboard, is about 70cm . This is the part where one of the bridges of the erhu overflows, that of the cloth winding, the pegbox, the mouth, the strings and where the resonance box is attached
At first, the neck of the Chinese violin was thinner than normal because they were carried flush with one side of the waist . Over time, this made no sense since its structure was very fragile, and it decided to create collars of the thickness that we have told you above.
The mouth or Qin tou (琴 頭) neck of the chinese instrument erhu
This part is located in the upper part of the neck of the Chinese erhu violin. It stands out for being slightly curved, pointing in the same direction as the looser bases of the two tuning pegs . Why do you present this form? It will be curious to you:
The first to use the erhu , they only cared about making an original instrument, also covering details such as safety when using it. They saw that a totally straight neck could be attributed by nomadic tribes like a spear
Therefore, it was decided to give it that slightly curved shape. It is usually made up of a piece of animal bone, a piece of plastic fiber or carved by a dragon , a symbol of Chinese culture.
The tuning pegs or Qín zhou (琴 軸) of the chinese instrument erhu
We find them just a few inches below the curved area of the neck and are in charge of tuning the strings of the Chinese erhu violin . Both have cylinder-shaped aspects, with one half the same size, and from this half, it gradually enlarges and obliquely.
Even a slightly looser cylinder is shaped , carved in different shapes to fit the touch of the fingers, so that the tuning of the Chinese violin costs as little as possible , especially for the most beginner users.
The walnut or Qiān jin (千斤) of the chinese instrument erhu
It is the kind of hook in charge of supporting the two ropes of the Chinese erhu violin . Its hitch stands out for having a part of the rope wrapped around the neck and another part that comes out, in the shape of a triangle , and that supports the two ropes at the same time
It is usually made up of linen and, to a lesser extent, of a metallic element . It is not a bridge as such, just a supporting base that ensures that the two strings do not stretch upwards.
In case you didn’t know, the erhu doesn’t have a tuning fork . It is only held with the fingers of the erhuista and the bridge located in the resonance box
The strings of the Chinese instrument erhu
It is one of the main parts of the Chinese instrument, along with the neck and the soundboard . All models have a double string responsible for creating higher and lower notes
They are usually made of steel fibers or organic elements such as snake or sheep skins
They are held in three areas: the tuning pegs, the neck nut, and the soundboard bridge.
The inner string or Nèi xián (内 弦) of the Chinese instrument erhu
The other strip that makes up the double string present in every Chinese erhu instrument. It is closest to the player’s fingers and is tuned to a higher pitch: the D (D Major)
The dimensions of this string are somewhat looser, because it is anchored in the tuning peg located closer to the mouth of the violin erhu
The outer string or Wai xián (外弦) of the Chinese instrument erhu
The other strip that makes up the double rope present in the Chinese erhu instrument. It is the one that is most hidden from the public, the most hidden and is tuned in a lower tone: the A (A Major)
The dimensions of this twine are somewhat less loose , because it is anchored in the tuning peg located closest to the nut of the neck of the violin erhu
The bridge or Qín ma (琴 碼) of the Chinese instrument erhu
Located in the central part of the side of the resonance box upholstered by python skin, it has a horizontal shape, totally straight, with a thickness of just mm and a small indentation in the center and on the bottom edge of the rectangle.
The first slit is responsible for holding the string once the instrument is being played . The second slit is in charge of extracting the rope and replacing it with a new or replacement one.
And without forgetting it, the one in charge of transmitting the vibration of the strings to the resonance box . It is usually made of wood , although there may be models that have a metal support
The bow of the Chinese instrument erhu
With more than a similar hunting bow, it is held with the middle and ring finger on the hair part, and with the thumb and index finger on the wooden base.
With a few fingers, the desired pressure is applied to the hairs to achieve a certain musical tone. With the other two fingers, the movement is made left-right or right-left, faster or slower
Like its own indica name, the specific part of the bow that will touch the strings is made of hair, usually of organic origin . It has a small peg, in charge of tightening said hairs on the wooden structure
The wooden stand or Gong gan (弓 杆) of the bow of the Chinese instrument erhu
It has a completely straight shape, except for the two ends, which are more curved and which hook the hair of the bow of the Chinese violin erhu.
It is usually made of bamboo or teak wood . In other more exclusive models, it can be carved in paulownia wood or exclusive wood from China
It is grasped from the right hand, if the erhu is held on the left foot, or with the left hand, if the erhu is held on the right foot
The hair strings or Gong máo (弓 毛) of the bow of the Chinese instrument erhu
It has a slightly arched shape and is made of horsehair or tusa , foliage present on the top of the horse’s head. The reason for using this material is simple:
The use of dozens of horsehair has been shown to ensure that the performer has less chance of the strumming part of the bow splitting in two.
Some models, the highest-end, have erhu bows with up to more than 100 horsehair strings included in their pack.
The trigger or Qín diàn (琴 墊) of the Chinese instrument erhu
It is a kind of cloth located between the middle of the bridge and the python cuticle membrane. It is made of sponge fiber and is used for two things:
The first to ensure greater consistency when the two strings are tied to the bridge . The second is to transmit the sound to the soundboard in a more polished way.
If this element was not added, some low tones would be heard with too much bass and the sound experience would not be the most enriching . That said, it can be said that this element acts as a “low sound absorber of the erhu”, those notes that the person has crossed the line when playing with his bow.
The stand or Qín tuō (琴 托) of the Chinese instrument erhu
This element, located at the lowest end of the instrument, just below the resonating box of the Chinese violin, acts as a kind of base or tripod. This has a double function:
The first is that the erhu has the necessary flexibility to hold it both with a backrest and without a backrest , that is, leave it in the middle of the living room, on the wall of the house, slightly lying down or directly on the floor (not a pleasant option for interpreters , who consider it an offense)
And second, to have a more stable base when placing it on either of the two legs . Many interpreters usually put some kind of non-slip rubber to be more comfortable when playing with the erhu
What has been the evolution of erhu music since the beginning of the 20th century until today?
Before the 20th century arrived, the erhu was always used in a strictly lyrical and calming sense . The various conflicts that occurred on the planet was one of the main reasons. Many interpreters and soloists only played to forget about that bad moment they were going through, to forget about the problems and transport themselves to a dimension where only peace and tranquility was seen. With the beginning of the 20th century and the development of the very base of musical score or written Chinese music, known as “Guoyue”, it meant a before and after in the musical history of the erhu: the instrument began to be used in theaters, federal places and even in the middle of crowded squares. What was called the interpretation of the erhu began in the middle of a musical orchestra
One of the two artists of the early twentieth century, with his works, was the definitive catapult that the erhu needed . We refer to Liu Tianhua , a composer who in his last years of life played in a public place in Beijing. Liu was the first to play the instrument officially in public . In addition, he did it solo. From the time he played until the year of his death, he created 47 works of the erhu, laying the foundations of it. Not only was it a before and after for the act he did, but having his works translated into lyrics, as if it were his particular Gouyue, was one of the keys to laying the foundations of modern music of the Chinese violin erhu. I also highlight the presence of Zhou Shaomei, who was noted for mixing ancient erhu music with other types of Western rhythms, such as Turkish or Iranian.
Jiang Fengzhi and Chen Zhenduo played an important role from 1930 to 1980. Both made known to the societies of that time the type of music used by the reference of the erhu: the same Liu Tianhua that we have already named you on several occasions. He highlighted the work that Jiang did called Hangong Qiuyue , written in Spanish as “Autumn moon over the Han palace” , written in the 1960s and 1970s. Why this work was so important had a reason: it used characteristic gifts of Liu but Jiang added new things giving it a particular touch, a work with an original aroma, and although he was not a son as such, he is considered one of the main precursors after Liu. As proof of improvement and lesson to hundreds of thousands of people, we had the role played by Hua Yanjun, an artist who played the erhu and the pipe. So far everything normal but, if we tell you that he was blind? There you are no longer indifferent
Yanjun stands out for playing both the erhu and the pipe. It was the definitive proof for society that an artist could only be an artist if he proposed it and believed in it, that life did not give you an impossibility . He waged war with his works during the first 50 years of the 20th century. It is a pity that at that time there were no media that existed today because it would surely be one of the references. From the middle of the 20th century, right in the year 1949, with the founding of the People’s Republic of China , the state that today appears throughout the Chinese territory, the erhu went to a new dimension: the first conservatories in China were founded , places that welcomed instruments of all kinds and players of all those instruments.Private classes began and the erhu game was not only played by soloists, it was already being done by people and even entire families in their own homes privately.
This fact was very important for the country. From those times until today, there are many who believe that the instruments that come from China are not only the most unique in terms of design, but the oldest on the entire planet. The fact that the whole society could be nourished by all those instruments, they felt that society became more cultured, wiser, more cultivated with knowledge. One of the first most important people in the conservatory was Liu Mingyuan . Some historians say he was familiar, not directly, with Liu Tianhua himself. Others believe that the name Liu was a mere coincidence. Why it was important is because it nurtured dand knowledge, not only of the instrument that we are talking about here, but of other important instruments belonging to the Huqin family, such as:
The Zhonghu, the Banhu or the Jinghu . These were some of the main ones that he taught to all the students. He is considered the first professor to set foot in the Chinese conservatory. He left traits of his teachings in the students such as not being carried away by perfection when playing any instrument, maintaining a positive mentality and a more visual teaching, and if it was with text, the precise and clear one . A way to infect all the students present to learn any musical accessory. Many predecessor teachers were inspired by Liu and other modern techniques that were established over the years. Look out for the role of Tang Liangde, who was the first to win a national erhu contest at the Chinese national level at the end of the 20th century. He started with an advantage since he was born between riches and a family that was known for the use of various instruments
Also considered as one of the most recent precursors of the erhu, he set out to compose works that he mixed from Liu’s gifts, which he shared in the conservatory class where he taught, but taken to his field, that is, applying one of the rules of Tiu Hianhua: originality . This was enough for him to win the first competition related to the Chinese violin: The Erhu Shanghai’s Spring . That contest r Eunia that people considered the best erhuistas of the time, and this time took Tang corduroy. This award allowed him to be part of the Hong Kong Music Orchestra, one of the best known by those then. Finally, having a presence in one of the most important musical bands in the country, allowed him to serve songs to the government of the time and win the first grammys in Chinese history in 1991
Wang Guotong , born almost in the middle of the 20th century, played an important role, not only in the sound of the erhu, but in its development . We refer to them when making the instrument. Wang worked in the most important instrument factory in the country , the one located in the Chinese capital then and now: Beijing. Several historians affirm that the use of the bone in the curved part of the instrument, he was the main supporter of it. It is explained that the addition of this animal bone paid homage to all those people who had been condemned in the Mongol empire by touching the first signs of the erhu. Other historians deny it, stating that its use is due to pure aesthetics. Details that make this one of the most important artists of the twentieth century of the erhu, is due to the fact that he wrote several books on the Chinese two-string violin and performed in several countries near China and other more remote countries.
We have talked about men, and women could not be absent. Min Huifen, recognized as “The Lady of the Erhu” for half a century . She was born just in the year that the Second World War ended, around 1945. It was from the twenties of years, in the 1960s and until the first decade of the 21st century, that women began to play in China, to play in various countries of the world with the advancement of means of transport, and recently, the internet. In life, many times, nothing is a coincidence: Did you know that Min Huifen’s father was a student of Liu Tianhua? Now you can understand why it was the woman who called the erhu for so many years … This was one of the pitfalls of China:Until modern times, they did not have internationally recognized artists of a female nature, only of a male nature, at least women who were moderately recognized. With Min’s work, they lifted a weight they had carried for centuries
Since the beginning of the 21st century and until today, the erhu and its peculiar sound have gained ground: the foundation of YouTube on February 14, Valentine’s Day, in 2005, has allowed hundreds of people to play their own erhu songs of all musical genres: jazz, reggae, pop, metal, rock and even Latin ballads, reggaeton and electronic music songs . But this is not here: legendary groups like The Rolling Stones, The Doors or Oasis , have used it when giving tonal variety to their songs. Chthonic, a Taiwanese rock band, is the only black metal group, a subgenre of heavy metal music, that uses the erhu in some of their songs.
Other anecdotes is that of AC / DC. In it it is said that one of the members struck an erhu privately to get a song, which he finally did not do, because he did not see it as the ideal instrument to apply it in the songs of the mythical group . The erhu has even been used in epic music. Songs like Guardians at the Gate, by Audio Machine, or a mythical one by Zack Hemsey, such as the song See what I’ve become, have been samples for some modern or Chinese interpreters as a way to motivate the staff by playing that same melody, known to all, but with the typical tone of the erhu. One of the most curious anecdotes is the one that happened in China: The 20th anniversary of the mythical film “The Mask”, by Jim Carrey, a musical choir played the soundtrack with various instruments. One of them was the erhu
Why buy the erhu instrument in our online store?
You have reached territory full of erhus everywhere. The meaning of this is very simple: you have at your disposal the most varied catalog of erhu instruments in prices, designs and accessories added to the pack, newer or older, preserved for hundreds of years in design, the most specific customer segmentation for that you find exactly what you are looking for and collaborations with various brands that will help you achieve something that more than one user is missing: the stock . To ensure this, one of the things we have done is to work closely with eBay and Thomann, two of the best brands in the business. Both complement each other and will allow you to find in a matter of minutes, that erhu you are looking for
In the future there will be more collaborations such as with Alibaba or Banggood . Working with various brands will ensure that you have the model you want at the best price: from erhu instrument prototypes at cheap prices, accessible for users with less budget, to expensive erhu instrument prototypes, accessible for users with more. budget. Whatever money you want to spend, here you will find all kinds of prices, aimed at lower-end erhus, low-mid-range, upper-middle, high or high-premium . More than us, we put ourselves in the user’s shoes so that they have what they want at the value they consider. You can also buy erhus of all kinds of upholstery: in standard bamboo or natural wood or teak or mahogany woods , oriented to higher class erhus
By collaborating with various brands, we immediately receive the pre-purchase, purchase and post-purchase policies: indefinite stock and immediate availability, different shipping methods, subject to a slower or faster shipping delay, the companies of Most reputable parcels at the national (US) and international level, the safest means of payment on the market, different ways to purchase your erhu, the most up-to-date consumer policies designed for the customer, access to promotions and discounts on certain models of erhu, and a professional customer service with 24/7 service, 365 days a year . We are going to talk to you first about the indefinite stock:
It is one of the great problems that the customer faces. When you go to a department, such as eBay for example, it is likely that the model you want is not available but it is at Thomann, or it is not available in either of the two but is available on Amazon. For example, if you visit us from the US and the erhu you want is not available on amazon.com, you will instantly go to the Amazon department that is best for you due to proximity and to save you high shipping costs. In this case, the department of amazon.com.ca or amazon.com.mx would apply. This is an example, but it is different than when you visit us from a country in Europe or in more eastern countries. Another example is if you read us from Australia. Here you would be taken to the Singapore department or even the American department itself. This will result in higher or lower shipping costs:
For people who get their erhu from amazon.com and are living in the US or surrounding countries, shipping will not take more than 48/72 hours , in most cases, and the shipping cost to pay will be less than 4 dollars . This is standard shipping. In the case of express delivery, the costs can rise up to ten dollars . Otherwise it is if it has included the nickname “Amazon Prime” some of the erhus that are sold on Amazon. If you are a customer of this payment service of the American giant, know that in more than two million products you have reception of orders in 24 hours and free shipping costs. With the erhu it was not going to be less.In the event that you are in Spain and you buy that model at amazon.com, 96/120 hours you will receive it at the door of your house
Otherwise it happens if you make your transaction at thomann.de: Here, the availability of shipments to any country in the world, no matter how small, is guaranteed. Ship even to places you may not know like Mayotte or Seychelles . Both, for 50 euros of shipping , the highest of all, you will have the erhu in your hands. For other destinations, the price drops considerably , ranging between $ 10-$ 30 . On eBay you do not have this high flexibility when it comes to receiving it in several countries, but you have more models available than Thomann itself. The reception of your erhu can take 3-4 working days (in the case that you are in those destinations) or even extend a week, if you make your purchase on dates of high user demand, such as pre-Christmas times
Whichever shipping method you choose, all of them will intervene from the best national parcel companies in the United States or any country where you visit us, to the best international parcel companies . In the event that you select the standard or non-urgent shipping method in your erhu, you will receive services from parcel companies such as King Express, Pamex or Rápido Cargo . On the other hand, if you select express or express delivery , you will receive the services of the two most used parcel companies for long-haul shipments: DHL and UPS.. These two companies are the ones that intervene if you make your purchase at Thomann or Amazon. The packaging of your shipment is insured. You even have a time limit to cancel your order in the event that you have made the wrong model or have not ordered enough of them.
The means of payment , whatever the purchase method you use, is in all the same: debit or credit cards from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Paypal, Revolut or N24 . Whatever department you go to, when you click on a certain model, the procedure will always consist of adding to the cart, adding the shipping information such as the address where you live, the country, the state of the country, the postal code, the number and the email to be kept of the current status of your shipment. This is something typical of DHL, sending their clients an email with the delivery number so that you can follow in real time, the status of their shipment. You can call the company to clarify if you are not going to be at home that day and that they proceed to send it to another place, where a person you trust is.
By entering the card number, the CCV and the expiration date, your transaction will be carried out successfully , in the absence of being supervised by the company, to see that it is in perfect condition, to pack it well to avoid any breakdown at the time of transport it, etc. This can trigger on 3 fronts, referring to the purchase modalities that you can apply from now on when obtaining your erhu. The first of them is the instant purchase , that is, paying all your money to the act , a form of payment will be thought for those users who have a comfortable budget. The second is through bank transfer or collection in store , although this applies only in mercadolibre.com, online store par excellence in Latin America
In it, you can pick up at the establishment closest to where people reside, in case you are one of those people who do not trust online transactions and want to do everything “in black” . In other words, you have the possibility to order your erhu and pay it “cash on delivery” or “in cash” . You only need to reside in Mexico or that Mercado Libre seller makes international shipments, and not just nations. The same happens with bank transfers, as being a client of any of the branches detailed in the product description, you can pay it through a bank deposit. The third type of purchase is the most interesting of all: the purchase in financing or monthly payment of your erhu. What does this refer to?
The first thing, that you can find this in stores like eBay and Amazon . Both give you the ability to keep your erhu, expensive as it may be, right now. We say expensive because it is what makes the most sense when applying this type of purchase: models that are at very high prices, unaffordable due to your current economic status. With this flexibility of purchase, whatever the current budget you have, you will have no problem getting the highest-end model. The procedure consists, as you may well be imagining, in that a bank (in the case of eBay applies Paypal or in Amazon Cofidis) which makes you a loan for “x” months. They can be 4, 6, 8, 12 or more than two months, rising in some cases up to 24 months and even 36 months, if you go to any of the Mercado Libre departments, such as Mexico or Colombia. Depending on the value at which the erhu is available and the months you choose, you will have to pay a higher or lower monthly fee
For example, it will not be the same if that erhu has a value of 100 dollars than 300 dollars. In the first case, you choose more or less months, you will always pay less as it is a lower loan figure. No need to inquire further into this, it is common sense. What you do have to know is that if it is a maximum of 12 months, in some cases, they may have interest included and in others not . Usually it does not usually have added interests, but it may be the case that it does. In the event that you have added interest, you will pay more or less interest depending on the following: The more months you choose, the less you will pay monthly, but the more interest you will have to assume. On the other hand, the fewer months you choose, the more you will pay each month, but the less interest you will have to assume. To get to the point and that you know what the interest is, we will tell you with an example: What a loan of 100 euros with and without interest implies, will mean that in the first case (with interest) you will pay more than the value at which it is that erhu currently. In the second case (without interest) you will not overpay the current amount at which that erhu is
You enjoy a money-back guarantee that ranges from the typical 30-day period , included in online stores such as Amazon, eBay and Thomann, to money-back guarantees of up to 3 years in the German company or Mercado Libre itself. Either for any breakdown or unforeseen event that your erhu suffers, during that period of time you have the possibility of changing it for a completely new one, at a cost of 0 at your expense and everything assumed by the company and the parcel agency. Now, let’s go with what you are most interested in knowing, what you have to pay a lot of ATTENTION : It is what is called the“Tariff or customs tax”, a tax suffered by products exported from abroad and that start from a certain amount of money . In this case, the erhus, having an average value of $ 100, this tribute applies, so it is interesting to know what it is about
To summarize, it is like a second VAT. You and we all suffer VAT, even if it is exported from one place to another, within the national territory. To know if your erhu is going to suffer customs duties, you have to verify either with the seller or with the store itself where the seller has the erhu for sale, if that product comes from abroad, that is, if it comes from countries such as China and any country outside the Sepa Zone and the American continent . We can do it for you, you just have to contact us. This will cause that, in addition to the fact that your shipping delay will be prolonged when passing exhaustive reviews at the airport, that money will not be available the same day, triggering a longer delivery delay and that you will have to pay more for your erhu. The more expensive and higher-end that erhu is, the higher customs tax you will have to bear
What are the prices of current erhu instruments?
It is one of the things that you will enjoy being in your erhuinstrument.shop: an itinerary that will allow you to calculate the approximate costs of whatever range of erhu you are looking for . Discerning between a lower-end or a higher-end erhu will depend on three factors: the first is whether it is made of real wood, the second does have python skin and the third if it has a greater or lesser amount of accessories added to the pack . A fourth factor must also be taken into account, although it will apply to the range of second-grade erhu instruments. Taking into account these details, the following happens:
Those models of erhu instruments with natural wood, of little thickness, that do not have any snake skin incorporated in the resonance box, and with few additions in the pack, at most a protective cover , you will come across the erhus of more ranges. low, those intended for the most beginners , with cost ranges between $100-$150. If some of these details or has additions, like two of them, the amount will be close to one hundred dollars. If nothing we tell you uses it in its structure and is unrelated to it, the figure you will have to pay will be closer to fifty dollars
Those models of erhu instruments made of mahogany wood, paulownia or rosenwood, with high thickness, that have some type of snake or animal cuticle incorporated in the resonance box, and with high additions in the pack, such as a protective cover, strings and bridge replacement , you’ll run with Erhus of higher ranges , those intended for advanced users with cost ranges located between 150$-350$ . Those models that have everything that we have just named incorporated, their figure will be close to 200 dollars. If that same model has only the addition of a briefcase, its figure will be close to $ 100. If you use another type of currency, convert it to the currency you want by going toexpasion.com
Why buy second-hand or used erhu instruments in our online store?
Our inventory also includes the most varied prototypes in prices, in different designs and with different packs, from the entire erhu second-hand market . We are almost certain that on the Internet you have seen ads from Wallapop or Mil Anuncios, two of the online stores that sell the most second-rate products on the entire network and that generate greater trust in users. A used erhu is not going to be the same, especially if it is highly used by the person who put it up for sale, but it will save you a few dollars that you hear, it never hurts
This will allow you to enjoy second-hand or used erhu instrument prototypes at all prices: from cheap second-hand or used erhus, accessible to the tightest budget users , and expensive second-hand or used erhu instrument prototypes. , accessible to only the most comfortable public on budget . Whatever the second-hand erhu model you want, you will also have it in this section at your best price. The advantages of acquiring your erhu instruments from these two stores are very varied: the first one is the price reduction , which in some cases can be up to close to 50% less than the real value it has in the market
That same erhu model, completely new and unworn, having an available price of $ 120, here you can have it available for $ 80 or $ 90 . To find out if this is strictly adhered to, you have the possibility of going to any of the two apps that companies have available to download in the Apple app store or Android Play Store. You just need to look at the number of downloads it has and its ratings to quickly realize why you have to trust when it comes to getting the used erhu instrument. Once downloaded, you will see a kind of round frame at the bottom right. It’s like your own WhatsApp!
You will be able to enjoy a customer service of the highest level: conversation in real time with the seller to ask any detail of the product, no matter how minute or more general . Even that he gives you current photos of the product, to check that it corresponds to what is shown in the image, and verify if that price that the seller has set to his erhu, corresponds to reality, that is, if the price that has put up for sale is justified or not. It is not the same a price drop on a barely used product than a highly used one . In one or the other, the money to be disbursed cannot be the same
It usually happens that in this type of transaction, where it is carried out by independent users and not limited companies, the user is more exposed to suffering schemes or species of scams, erhu that has been sold for an amount “x” of money, but in reality it should be lower in price . Not the case with this, since both companies are always in charge of reviewing the catalog so that only those sellers with the best reputations appear, with several sales already made, and who have not received any type of report. Getting a used Chinese violin also has its downside:
You will stop enjoying consumer policies such as the one-month or several-year money-back guarantee , having no possibility of returning it to the seller if it is not what you were looking for, so you always have to make sure that this is the model you want. . The same with the shipping methods, you will not have it so varied and, in most cases, you have to adjust to the conditions required by the seller, always determined by what the company stipulates . This in order for the seller to win and you only pay a tiny amount of money to receive it. It may also happen that you only ship domestically , so if you are from the US and that seller is from another country,you will have to assume a personalized shipment on your own, that is, a higher shipping costs . Of course, you will lose in the most flexible purchase method: financing payment
What are the prices of current second-hand or used erhu instruments?
You will follow the same route when determining the costs of used or second-hand erhu instruments. In addition to taking into account what type of wood you use, if you use an organic or inorganic material in the resonator box and if you have more or fewer accessories added in the pack, that fourth factor will be that it is low, moderately or highly used . Based on this, you will see cheaper or more expensive second-hand or used erhu instrument models:
Those models of erhu instruments made of natural wood, with little thickness, with an addition of inorganic synthetic leather in the resonance box and few accessories added in the pack , you will come across second-hand or used erhus of lower ranges , with costs that will be around $50-$100. Figures close to ten dollars, it will be if they do not have any of these additions and it is highly used. On the other hand, figures close to a hundred dollars, one of these criteria will not be met, such as having several accessories added in the pack, and it is hardly used
Those models of erhu instruments made of more exclusive wood, of high thickness, such as mahogany, pauownia or rosenwood, with added real organic leather in the soundboard and high complements added in the pack , you will find the erhus of Second-hand or used of higher ranges , with costs that will be around $100-$250. If, for example, it is made of mahogany wood, it has a python membrane and many accessories in the pack and it has been rarely used, the figure to pay will be close to double a hundred dollars. The same thing that we just told you but that has been widely used, its figure will be close to a hundred dollars
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