Mr Wu and his Banhu

Dec 29, 2016 07.00PM |
 

by Najeer Yusof

CURIOSITY led Mr Wu Jin Hui, 73, to teach himself how to play and make Banhus, four years ago. Since then, making and repairing Chinese instruments have become his hobby. Banhu is a Chinese traditional bowed string instrument which is popularly used in northern China.

Mr Wu has thus far sold 24 of his Banhus, for $200 each. He fashions entirely new bodies for his Banhus from coconut shells and combines them with usable parts from spoilt Erhus, which are another type of two-stringed instruments. By doing so, he adds a personal touch to his Banhus and gives new life to spoilt instruments too. The entire process of making a Banhu takes him about half an hour and here is how he does it:

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