16 November 2016

Category: General, Yangqin
16 November 2016,
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Have you ever wondered why yangqin beaters (qinzhu) come in various designs? This is one of the biggest queries beginners have – they often find themselves faced with a multitude of choices, but unsure about the differences between them.

Luckily, we have a Yangqin expert in the house who not only is skilled in repairing / tuning Yangqins, but also knows a thing or two about Yangqin beaters and rubbers. We asked him to test out all our beaters and got his comments. So here are the findings. Hope this helps you to make an informed choice when purchasing our Yangqin beaters (qinzhu)!

On a whole, you may be relieved to know that there isn’t a particular model that stands out for being particularly bad. However, dependent on your ability, taste and repertoire choice, there are various types that you will prefer over others. Qinzhus with big heads produce a more solid sound; however, the resonance produced takes time to dissipate, and may interfere in the execution of fast passages. Qinzhus with a bigger body are easier to control and are more stable when playing; however, this could work against those aiming for greater flexibility.

Here is a non-comprehensive list of common qinzhu models (we do bring in different brands from time to time as well):

Bailong top

Bailong, top

Bailong, end

Bailong, end

The Bailong (白龙) model has an average-sized body, with a big head (yet, it is not too heavy). It is flexible and highly sensitive, greatly suited towards execution of rapid passages as it is easy to control.

Click here to buy Bailong qinzhus!

Putao, top

Putao, top

Putao, end

Putao, end

The Putao (葡萄) model has an average-sized body, with a big head that tends towards being heavy. Slightly stiff but still flexible, it is highly sensitive and produces a robust sound. It is capable of strong, impactful performances.

Click here to buy Putao qinzhus!

Yuehua Hei, top

Yuehua Hei, top

Yuehua Hei, end

Yuehua Hei, end

The Yuehua Hei (粤华黑) model features a slender body, with a big head that tends towards being heavy. Slightly stiff but still flexible, it is of decent sensitivity, with a strong staccato-like bounce.

Click here to buy Yuehua Hei qinzhus!

Yuehua Bai, top

Yuehua Bai, top

Yuehua Bai, end

Yuehua Bai, end

The Yuehua Bai (粤华白) model features a slender body (though lighter in weight than the Yuehua Hei model), with an average-sized head. Flexible, it is of decent sensitivity and greatly suited towards execution of rapid passages, as it is easy to control.

Click here to buy Yuehua Bai qinzhus!

Tian Weining, top

Tian Weining, top

Tian Weining, end

Tian Weining, end

The Tian Weining (田伟宁) model features a slender body, with a big head (yet, it is not too heavy). Flexible (though tending towards being soft), it is highly sensitive and greatly suited towards execution of rapid passages, as it is easy to control.

Click here to buy Tian Weining qinzhus!

Li Xiaogang, top

Li Xiaogang, top

Li Xiaogang, end

Li Xiaogang, end

The Li Xiaogang (李小钢) model has an average-sized body, with a big head (yet, it is not too heavy). It is flexible and on a whole, an all-rounded model.

Click here to buy Li Xiaogang qinzhus!

Do try these various models out for yourself and determine which suits you best!

Prefer to see how these differences translate into sound? Check out our video below:

Check out our yangqin accessories here:

http://www.easonmusicstore.com/categories/Yangqin-beaters/62

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