We are proud to inform that you can order this unique, hand-made, beautiful, and quality Đàn Tranh
17 dây from this site, and the instrument is made under the supervision of Professor Nguyễn Vĩnh Bảo.
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Đàn tranh 17 dây|
In South Vietnam, especially in Hô Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon),
Professor Nguyen Vinh Bao, one of the finest if not the best DAN TRANH player in
Vietnam, has spent many years of research (in instrument making and acoustics)
to improve the shape and sonority of the instrument. Prof. Nguyen Vinh Bao has
made 17-, 19- and 21- string zithers with a sound board of Japanese wood (kiri
paulownia) instead of Vietnamese wood (NGO DONG). This research has been
conducted with excellent results; as far as playing techniques are concerned,
the musician uses plectrums of tortoise shell, metal or plastic on the thumb and
forefinger of his right hand and forefinger of his right hand, according to
South Vietnamese tradition. He might also use his own nails to pluck the strings
near the tailboard. ,..... "
(by Dr. Trần Quang
Hải, a musician, composer, and musicologist in France)
"We also have the 21-stringed board zither; the more strings, the lower sounds
The first string is 0.50 or 0.55 millimeters, the others 0.45, 0.40, 0.35 …etc.
This type of the zither is played for new pieces which require larger octaves.
The person making this modification is Musician Nguyen Vinh Bao, former
professor of the Saigon Conservatory of Drama and Music." ( by Professor Phạm Thúy Hoan,
a professor from the Vietnamese National Conservatory in Saigon )