Q: What is the difference between bitter and purple bamboo for dizi?
A: Dizis made out of bitter bamboo - an old, rare strain - have stable tuning. On the other hand, dizis made out of purple bamboo - derived from the selection of only the top 10% bamboo in a plantation - are more prone to cracking and changes in tuning, but are brighter and sharper in tone. These qualities make purple bamboo the popular choice for dadis and xiaos.
That being said, the choice of maker is just as important a factor as the choice of bamboo.
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