The 24-reed Soprano Sheng is fully chromatic and it has a range of 2 octaves (g1 – f#3). It is designed by Mr Dickson So in the 1990s. The design of this Sheng is based on the 36-reed Soprano Keyed Sheng and the fingering is similar.
The advantages of this Sheng are:
1) It can be played in the standing position (hand-held).
2) The Sheng player is able to perform the traditional Sheng techniques on this Sheng.
3) This Sheng is portable.
This mini Sheng is recommended for:
1) Young children who is interested in learning the Sheng.
2) Instrument collector who wish to own a decent playable Sheng.
For advanced players, it is recommended to use the 30-reed Sheng or other Shengs with more than 30 reeds (bamboo pipes).