Horsehead fiddle is a Mongolian traditional stringed instrument and its design is closely linked to all the important cults of horse.
Significance of Morinkhuur extends beyond a musical instrument, as it is an integral part of rituals, traditions and everyday activities of the Mongolian nomads. Also it accompanies Mongolian traditional dances, long songs (Urtiin duu), mythical tales and ceremonies.
Specific notes in Mongolian Long Song are impossible to be played by piano or western musical instruments, but only by Morin khuur.
The instrument’s body is trapezoid-shaped and hollow inside. It is attached to a long fretless neck, bearing a carved horse head at its extreme.
A morin khuur is identified by Unesco as one of the masterpieces of the Oral and intangible heritage of Humanity.
Absolutely love it! Sounds beautiful, easy to play, great tone to accompany voice (and this was just the most affordable model). Arrived in perfect condition, faster than I expected and communication from the seller has been excellent. It comes with a nice carry bag and bow and even has the rosin-type chalk included. Easier than a cello as the strings don’t need pressing right down to the fret, also light to hold and doesn’t require a stand due to its flat base, so good for travelling and small living spaces.
Without any lessons or difficulty my friend and I have both been able to get a pleasant sound out of it the day it arrived!