A Personal foot note: When a friend of mine and his wife went to Vietnam for a vacation at the time he offered to bring back an instrument. I wanted to originally have a Dan-day (being a lute with a very long neck and body has no back. This is unique for both lutes along with other Vietnamese lutes). Purchased and brought back but they are very large lutes to ship back and the one located in the store was its self not such great quality so I was informed by my friend. I welcome this addition in my collection since I had not had a instrument in quite a while :)
Name: Dan-tru in Vietnamese > Chin Chin in Mandarin Chinese.
Type: Plucked Lute > Chordophone.
Region: Vietnam > South East Asia.
Dimensions: Scale Length 85 cm.
Specimen: Is made by a company called "Romance" in Vietnam.
Acquisition Date: 2007.10.09 Tuesday.
Acquisition Source: Close friends who went on a trip to Hanoi, Vietnam.
Description: The dan-tru (in Vietnamese) or chin chin in Mandarin Chinese. My specimen is made by a company called “Romance Instruments”. It is a four stringed banjo like instrument having an aluminum body. A cast aluminum arm rest in the shape of a butterfly is affixed to the top of the body. The rest of the instrument includes four machine tuning gears, a neck and a frets arranged in a pentatonic scale. The dan-tru has a big sounding tone and depth when plucked. Since I don’t have the tunings I would assume they are in fourths or fifths similar to the four stringed banjos.