ⓘ Byzaanchy

                                     

ⓘ Byzaanchy

The byzaanchy is a four-stringed vertical spike fiddle used in the traditional music of Tuva. It is similar to the Chinese sihu. However, the byzaanchy s soundbox is generally made of wood whereas the sihu usually has a metal soundbox. The byzaanchy s soundbox may be cylindrical or, more rarely, cubical.

The instruments four strings are in courses of two, one of each pair tuned together, to the interval of a fifth. The horsehair bow is divided into two portions of hair. A carved horses head generally features at the top of the instruments wooden neck.