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Hulusi, Xiao, Bawu

The Chinese Xiao is quite similar to the Shakuhachi, it is even seen as the predecessor of the famous Japanese bamboo flute. Just as the Shakuhachi, the Xiao is made of the end of a bamboo root. It is blown through a notch at the upper end of the flute. The Xiao belongs to the oldest Chinese musical instruments. Compared to the Shakuhachi it has a longer bore (sound tube) and therefore sounds deeper and warmer. Its pitch range covers two octaves. In previous times the Xiao was played by Buddhist monks for meditation.

Many people know the sound of the Bahu flute as distinctive of China: The Bahu’s sound is more than the one of a flute, but not quite of a clarinet yet. Also written Bawu or Bawo, the Bahu is a transverse flute, the tone of which is produced by means of a vibrating reed. As with a mouth harp the sound is produced by breathing in and out. The Bahu covers a pitch range of a bit more than one octave. Chinese musical instruments related to the Bahu are the mouth organ Sheng and the Hulusi.

Hulusi is tantamount to “silken calabash”. “Silken” probably refers to the mellow, nasal sound of the instrument. The Hulusi is made of the calabash of a bottle gourd. Three flutes are stuck into the calabash: two of them respectively play a drone in the interval of a fifth. A drone is an effect where a note continuously sounds in the same pitch – similar to a bagpipe. The third flute has seven tone holes for playing the melody. The Hulusis at DAN MOI are made with high quality. We obtain them directly from a Chinese instrument maker. DAN MOI offers different tunings with a pitch range of a ninth.

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    Hulusi - Superior

    Traditional Free-Reed Flute from China

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    Xiao

    Traditional Chinese vertical end-blown flute

    229.90 € ¹
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