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魏道謀老師的古箏 Taiwan Expert’s Guzheng

上月中在網上看到一台二手古箏出售,價格平宜的有點難以相信,大約$750港元。不過我多年來都是用敦煌696D古箏,未用過敦煌以外的古箏,所以有點不太肯定,思前想後很久才下到了決定(老公經常說和有選擇困難症!)。

以我所知,中華古箏是台灣出品,網上的箏友們都跟我說這是絶版箏,值得收藏,況且價錢相當便宜,很值得入手。網上對魏道謀老師的介紹不多,只知道他是一位古箏家,也是一位台灣的製箏師傅。我看到的這台二手古箏,長約54吋,比一般的標準箏稍短,除此之外跟般的古箏在外表上並無大分別。

我托一間公司在温哥華替我帶這台古箏到我住處。花了一點時間聯絡和交收,上月底收終於收到古箏。第一個感覺是這台古箏有點舊,這個我當然買之前便知道的。高弦線有點生繡,但是一袋的箏碼看上去還很新的。琴面鋪了點塵,用了乾布清潔後再看看琴底,不任何問題,便開始上箏碼。我趁女兒睡著,就坐在電視前一面看「十二傳說」(最近在追這套電視劇!),一面擺放箏碼,花了大半個小時,反反覆覆地調音,終於完成了。

起初彈奏,老實說,對音質有點失望。音色比較尖銳,有點刺耳,跟我的敦煌有很明顯的差別,就是音色聽上去不飽滿,有種空洞的感覺,不過明白到價錢上有很大的分別,我也不會投訴。弦線手感跟我的敦煌箏差多,按弦的力度也相約,畢竟54吋長,不算是一台短箏,跟標準箏分別不是太大。

第二天女兒(我們叫她「阿花」)由日托回家看到在客廳裡的新古箏十分雀躍。阿花平日有時會在我的敦煌古箏亂彈一通。她的大姨之前送了兩套古箏指甲給她,年紀少少不到四歲她也會自己戴上指甲。她看到客廳的新箏,立即說要指甲,接着在上面亂彈一通,給她笑死。

下次有時間,我會錄個視頻給大分享一下這台箏的音色。

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Last month, I came across a second hand Guzheng for sale on Craigslist in Vancouver. It was quite unbelievable that it was priced so low, only around $750 HKD. I have been using Dunhuang Guzheng 696D for years and had never tried other brands. At first, I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to get this Guzheng. But after some thoughts, I think it would be a good investment, as I had been looking for a new Guzheng to add to my collection (well, more for convenience because I want to put a new one on the first floor of my house and leave my Dunhuang on the second floor.)

Based on what I know, this Guzheng was made by an expert in Taiwan. There isn’t much information about him on the Internet. I only know that he is a Guzhang maker and is relatively well-known in Taiwan.

So, in late July, a company helped me pick up this Guzheng from Vancouver and deliver to my house. It took sometime to coordinate, but the Guzheng arrived eventually. My first observation was that some of the strings were a bit rusted. The bridges that were kept in a bag were in excellent shape. The top of the Guzheng had a layer of dust. So, after wiping it with a dry cloth, then I checked the bottom of the Guzheng to ensure that it is in a good condition.

That night after my daughter went to sleep, I sat in front of my TV to assemble the bridges while watching TV drama (Our Unwinding Ethos). After about 45 minutes, all the bridges were assembled and tuned.

At first when I plucked the strings, the sound honestly was a bit disappointing. The sound was sharper then my Dunhang and lacked depth. It felt like something is missing. The strings were fine; not a big difference from my Dunhuang. But recognizing that it was priced very low, I wasn’t going to complain much. This Guzheng is 54 inches long. It is a bit shorter than a standard Guzheng but bigger than a typical travel-sized Guzheng. So, the distance between the strings is quite close to a standard Guzheng, making it easy for me to adapt to this Guzheng.

The next day when my daughter (her name is Ava Wing) came back from her daycare school, she saw this new Guzheng and got super excited. This 3.5 year old girl has her own Guzheng picks. Last year, her aunt (my sister) bought her two sets of picks. So, as soon as she saw this new Guzheng, she asked her mama (me) to get her picks and started plucking the strings randomly. She had a lot of laughter. She always likes to play with my Dunhuang Guzheng. Now that we have a smaller one on the first floor, it allows her to play more frequently and easily.

When I have time, I will make a recording of this new Guzheng to showcase its sound with you.

My new tawiwan guzheng

My new tawiwan guzheng

My new tawiwan guzheng

My new tawiwan guzheng

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