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The Chinese transverse flute, Dízi (笛子; pronounced [tǐt͡sɨ]) has a long documented history (>2000 years), but there has been minimal analysis of its construction and fabrication relating to its acoustic design. In this study, we collaborate with a Singaporean master Dízi-maker to understand the fabrication process of transforming a simple bamboo blank into a world-class concert instrument. To undertake this, we make careful acoustic impedance measurements at each step of the fabrication process in order to document and assess the acoustic transformation taking place. A description of the acoustic impedance measurement methodology will be provided, along with geometric, fabrication and material considerations accompanying a detailed analysis of the acoustic design towards creating a world-class concert Dízi.
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