Japanese Glass Koto
A Japanese glass koto made by Hario Glass is played by noted Chinese koto player Wu Fang to mark Wednesday's unveiling of the unusual instrument. This hand blown 70-kg creation is the only glass koto in the world. Twenty craftsmen took a year to produce this fine instrument which costs US $282,000.
Koto are about 180 cm long and have 13 strings that are strung tautly across 13 movable bridges along the length of the instrument. Players make base pitches by moving these bridges before playing, and use three finger picks (on thumb, forefinger, and middle finger) to pluck the strings.
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