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“Another [Chinese] stringed instrument is the Se, (also written Che), which had originally 50 strings. as now used, it has only 25 strings. Four kinds are in use, differing in size and in number of strings. It is customary that they should give the sound of two notes simultaneously, generally octaves. Some of these, used by the most skillful performers, have only 13 or 14 strings. The strings are plucked by two small ivory picks.” --Baltzell, 1905


W. J. Baltzell, A Complete History of Music for Schools, Clubs, and Private Reading (Philadelphia: Theodore Presser Co., 1905) 27


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