Are you looking for a trustworthy and human way
to get an instrument?
Well you definitely knocked on the right door because we can make your dream come true by shipping you a Morin Khuur directly from Mongolia!
We have been passionate about this instrument since 2013 and did our best to spread it, as well as its beautiful traditional repertoire! Also know that we will be more than happy to help you through your learning once you get your instrument!
If you already have an instrument and want to know more about the Morin Khuur, or Horse Head Fiddle, and its culture, be sure to check the “Learn to play the Morin Khuur” page.
UUGUUL is proud to partner with EGSHIGLEN MAGNAI, which manufactures over 30 different musical instruments divided into four types such as stringed, bowed, whipping and blowing instruments.
EGSHIGLEN MAGNAI, established in 1991 by only two members, is the first private company manufacturing, trading and repairing Mongol’s folk music instruments.
They have been expanding since the 90’s until today, and currently have a team composed of 50 craftmen and craftwomen. Egshiglen uses modern progressive techniques and technology to deliver high quality instruments, along with bags and hardcases.
Find below a few test videos made specially for our customers to show the various instruments that suits their wish and budget.
Example of test video for a study instrument:
Example of test video for study to intermediate quality instruments (as well as showing various bow types):
Example of test video for high quality instruments:
Example of test video for a leather fronted instrument:
Below some pictures of the traditional bow (currently unavailable).
Here is a breakdown of the cost for the starter pack:
Morin Khuur (High quality study instrument for right handed adult) – starting at 500.000₮ ~160€
Modern bow for Morin Khuur – starting at 80.000 ~25€
NB: note that if you are left handed it is important to mention it in the begining of your order. As left handed instruments are built differently the are only made on request.
Bag (usually black) – 60.000₮ ~20€
It is also possible to get a hardcase (black or brown depending on availability) for 240.000₮ ~ 75€
Extra set of strings – 10.000₮ ~ 3€
Rosin – 5.000₮ ~ 1.5€
Mute (useful at the beginning) – 8.000₮ ~ 2.5€
Wood box for shipping – 80.000₮ ~ 25€
The shipping usually costs around 500.000₮ ~ 160€
As a commission for advice, follow-up and assistance, we ask for an extra 75€.
The total cost for a study instrument pack would then be around 475€ (everything included).
The price range of intermediate instruments is usually between 750 and 900€ (everything included).
The price range of high end instruments is usually above 1000€ (everything included).
NB: These prices are for an adult study instrument with a bag. These prices are subject to little change depending on the currency exchange rate. It is possible to aim for a more professional instrument or/and an hardcase. It all depends on your budget and what you are looking for! Feel free to contact us and we will discuss about it and adjust your order to your need.
Also note that depending on your location extra custom taxes might add up to the cost mentioned above.
PREPARATION OF THE PACKAGE
After checking the instrument, we put paper tape on the neck to put the marks for the main notes (Major Scale).
This will help you with your learning!
Then we add the few accessories.
Then we start protecting the instrument for shipping. The bridge is put down to avoid any break and the body and head are packed in protective wrapping.
The hardcase or the bag is then set in the shipping box.
Now ready for closing.
Then going to the post office for shipping.
Writing the shipping adress and custom details.
Ready to fly toward its new master!
HOW TO PROCEED?
- The first step is to get in touch with us.
- Once in contact, we can discuss the type of instrument that you wish to acquire as well as your budget.
- Then we will search, test, and propose you 2 or 3 instruments available that would fit your requirements.
- After that you will be able to choose and validate the instrument that suits you better.
- Finally, we will give you the final and detailed price for your order.
- You will be able to pay using either MoneyGramm or eventually do a SWIFT Transfer (equivalent of IBAN) if MoneyGramm is not working for you. Note that other options are not available and that we usually prefer a MoneyGramm transfer due to lower transfer fee and better exchange rate.
- After reception of your payment, we will prepare and pack your instrument carefully in its bag or hardcase, and ship it your way in a wooden-box.
- One to two weeks later, you will be able to enjoy the Mongol tunes!
NB: If you are left handed it is important to mention it in the begining of your order. As left handed instruments are built differently the are only made on request.
Read below, some testimonials of customers!
François “Shanka” Maigret
Montigny sur Loing – FRANCE
Received his Morin Khuur on March 3, 2023
“Being a Mongolian and Tuvan music addict for 20 years, I’ve been looking for a proper morin khuur for ages… But so far, I only found cheap copies online, made for decoration purposes more than playing music. And then, I stumbled upon Steve’s videos and found out about his amazing website. I ordered right away and took the full course. Which I highly recommend : the morin khuur is a way more complex instrument that it seems and there are many mistakes you have to correct early in the process if you don’t want to end up stuck and sounding like a mad horse on crack. Anyways, I’m super happy with the instrument and the bow (which works perfectly with my viola da gamba, quite a bonus!). Delivery was super fast and the packaging was 5 stars!”
Colonie – USA
Received his Morin Khuur on February 17, 2023
“I am absolutely in love with my morin khuur.
After a difficult experience with Mongulai, I was more than a little disheartened; I needed a miracle, and Steve did not disappoint. I could not believe the night-and-day difference. Steve made sure to be available to answer any questions I had, took the time to show me a couple of different instruments according to my specific taste, and took great care in packaging the morin khuur to ensure it made its way to me safely.
Steve’s love and passion for Mongol culture is contagious, and one can tell it bleeds into every facet of his life, whether it’s personal or work.
Words can not express my gratitude for what Steve has done for me, and if anybody ever needs anything Mongol, Steve’s the guy to go to for sure.
May the blessings of the Eternal Blue Sky be on him — always.”
Melbourne – AUSTRALIA
Received his Morin Khuur on July 19, 2022
“Thanks to Steve I received my Morin Khuur on the 19/07/2022. He was extremely helpful in picking an instrument that suited me as well as sending pictures of the product to help me decide. The shipping only took around 12-15 days and the instrument itself is gorgeous and sounds authentic.
I highly recommend ordering a Morin Khuur from Steve, not only because he’s a good bloke, but because you can tell his passion bleeds through, and he wants to give you the best product he possibly can.
Steve is also a wellspring of knowledge when it comes to Mongol culture, history and the Morin Khuur, and I’ll definitely be taking his classes in the future!”
Puteaux – FRANCE
Received his Morin Khuur on January 5, 2022
“After watching some of Steve’s videos about the Morin Khuur, I decided to try it myself.
I contacted him to have some advices about which instrument could suit me better. He took a lot of time to answer my questions and made a video presenting different instruments so that I could make my decision.
The instrument arrived in a perfect state and looked even better in real than in the video.
Thanks a lot for the advices and for your time!”
Las Vegas, Nevade – UNITED STATES
Received his Morin Khuur on May 28, 2021
“When I first started getting into Mongol culture and music, it seemed like all the instruments I could find were souvenirs or well beyond my price range...
That is until I met Steve, I recently bought a Morin Khuur through him and he has been extremely helpful and extremely friendly every step of the way, even providing pictures and videos of the instruments and the process for getting it to me. He helped me find one that is more traditional (a skin covered morin khuur) that suits me best.
I would personally recommend Steve to anyone looking to get any cultural or musical item from Mongolia. I will definitely be buying from him again in the future!”
Remiremont – FRANCE
Received his Morin Khuur on May 27, 2021
“Quite frankly, I have absolutely no complaints!
This is my first Morin Khuur and the sound is very warm! The finishes are perfect and neat! My congratulations to the maker!
Also a big gratitude to mr. Morel for his wise advice and his very human contact!
I took a traditional bow which is very easy to handle. Thanks to the series “Into the Morin Khuur” I was able to correct eventual bad habit and go straight in the right direction.
Again, Thanks a lot! I am fully satisfied of this order!”
Bruxelles – BELGIUM
Received his Tovshuur on April 5, 2021
and his Morin Khuur on April 26, 2021
“I’ve ordered a Morin Khuur and a Tovshuur from Steve, and I couldn’t be more satisfied about either. They sound and they look great, and they arrived very fast. Something like 10 days, from Mongolia to Belgium.
Steve isn’t a salesman, and let me tell you why this is a good thing: he’s not here to sell you a product, he’s here to help you choose something that fits your needs. I have no experience with mongol instruments, but he certainly does, and depending on your budget, he will choose the best he can. If an instrument doesn’t sound good in his opinion, he will tell you. He also sends videos when he looks for your instrument in the shop, so you can hear yourself the difference and have his live reaction while he plays each of them. He won’t make you buy something that’s bad, and that’s his greatest asset.
That and his communication of course. Steve will help you, so don’t be shy and ask your questions. Even after getting your instrument, you will get all the help you need through the Discord group, or by reaching Steve himself.
Ok, stop rambling, I’m going back to bowing my horse.”
Wembley – UNITED KINGDOM
Received his outfit and Morin Khuur on March 31, 2021
“I have followed Steve for some time now, watching with great interest his videos (and videos of him) on the Mongol art and culture. I decided rather quickly I would like to purchase a Deel and a Morin Khuur, and after some time and healthy patience, approached Steve. I was aware of others selling the instrument and the clothing, but Steve’s site and approach struck me as far more personal and real. The process was quick and simple, and he made his way to the markets to pick up everything.
The deel we found was a real great deal!
The quality of the instrument and the deel is incredible, and even better for the price. Steve is upfront about costs and even saved me a good amount of money by suggesting I package the instrument and the clothes together. This, which saved money on shipping, actually meant Steve would make less on his own commission. A more honest businessman you cannot find!
I’m really glad with everything I’ve received. The deel is thick enough to keep me warm here in the UK, but not so thick to become heavy or cause me to get too hot. I plan to wear it as regularly as I can. The instrument I’ll start playing right away, returning to Steve’s ‘Into the Morin Khuur’ series.
If I’m in need of anything else from Mongolia, I’ll be going through Steve again!”
Natick – UNITED STATES
Received his Morin Khuur on March 21, 2021
“I love my Morin Khuur!
Steve was very helpful and the instrument arrived much faster than expected. I currently play a few Scottish instruments and am excited to get involved in other musical cultures.
I would have spent a lot more money and time trying to find a Morin Khuur if not for Steve. He has also provided lots of important information and tips.
I will definitely go to him again if I want another Mongol instrument!”
Wrocław – POLAND
Received his Morin Khuur on November 16, 2020
“Talked to Steve about my instrument feature preferences and the price range. He went to the music store, picked a few suitable Morin Khuur, and sent me a video with a detailed presentation of each of them. Then he helped me to choose the best one for me. We have had quite an adventure shipping the Morin Khuur to Poland due to the COVID-19 situation, but Steve was very helpful, patient and engaged in the process.
The instrument was packaged with great care and did not suffer any damage in transportation. The Morin Khuur we chose has a beautiful, rich and deep sound. And it looks amazing!
Believe me – if you want to buy a morin khuur, Steve is the ONLY right person!”
San Diego, CA – USA
Received his Morin Khuur on November 13, 2020
“Even in this day and age, it can be hard to track down and obtain instrument as rare and beautiful as the morin khuur. Outside of Mongolia, most online vendors are simply in it for the business of selling goods in exchange for exorbitant profits.
What sets Steve apart from the rest is that he’s truly passionate about championing and spreading Mongol culture. He’s a one-man show dedicated to preserving tradition, all while helping others to avoid getting ripped off by souvenir scams. True to his claim, buying a morin khuur through him is like a meeting between master and pupil. He has a reputation with the local vendors, and is willing to select/demonstrate each available instrument to ensure that your standards are met. Additionally, he is more than happy to assist novices in becoming more familiar with the instrument, as he is usually available to answer questions on most days.
Steve is easy to contact, and clearly communicates every step of the process until the instrument makes it into your hands. Mine arrived in perfect condition, strapped and cushioned within its hard carrying case, and packaged inside a sturdy wooden box. I strongly recommend reaching out to him sooner than later, if ever you find yourself wishing for Mongol treasure.”
Genève – SWITZERLAND
Received his Morin Khuur on July 28, 2020
“Well packed, my instrument arrived today, I am very happy and Steve helped me to choose the sound and the design.
I am now ready to start classes and I am very grateful for this opportunity.”
Linz – AUSTRIA
Received his Dombra on July 23, 2020
“I’m following Steve since quite a while now. He is a kind and friendly person, and as soon as i realized that he were selling morin khuur, I thought that maybe he could sell me a different instrument.
I contacted him and he told me that he would try to make it happen because he never had a dombra order before. A few hours later he wrote me “You are a lucky man I found something for you ^^”…
Since because of Covid-19 the shipping system also changed a little bit but I can’t complain. I received my dombra today. One and a half month later since my order (due to the Covid restriction) and everything is fine with it.
Steve is a friendly guy who helps wherever he can, he responded very quickly to my questions and he really invests his time to help everyone (its not just a random question answer thing, he really gives everyone his full attention).
To make a long story short – I would definitely order anything any time from him!”
Boulogne Billancourt – FRANCE
Received his Morin Khuur on July 2, 2020
“The Morin khuur was the first ever instrument I tried to learn and living far from Mongolia makes it difficult to both find a good instrument and the right inspiration to grasp it. Fortunately Steve happens to provide both of them with passion and diligence.
Not only did he provide me with a morin khuur but he also managed to find me a more traditional version of it, with a skinned front instead of wood only.
I could not find such an instrument anywhere else, especially as I’m left handed, let alone at a reasonable price and I thank him a lot for that !”
East Sussex – UNITED KINGDOM
Received his Morin Khuur Bow on June 29, 2020
“The morin khuur bow is lovely, and arrived at my house in the UK quickly and safely, despite the shipping problems caused by the international Covid-19 situation.
Thanks for all your help, advice, and the time you took to answer myquestions before I placed my order.
I’m really happy with the bow, and grateful for your service.
Thank you so much”
Washington, DC – UNITED STATES
Received his Morin Khuur on June 24, 2020
“Steve is an excellent resource for learning about Mongolia, its culture, and Morin Khuur.
His connections with local shops provide a wide selection of instruments that he individually inspects and plays over video.
After selecting an instrument, Steve effectively communicated every step of the process, even with an ongoing pandemic redefining the shipping system.
My Morin Khuur arrived adequately protected in both a hard case and a wooden shipping crate, leaving it completely unscathed.
After setting up the bridge and re-tuning, I noticed that Steve also included a convenient fingering/note guide on the side of the neck. While I am incredibly impressed with the instrument and service, I am most excited by Steve’s passion for culture and the community that he created to immerse all those that are interested.”
Pau – FRANCE
Received his Morin Khuur on March 5, 2020
“After months checking and comparing websites specialised in Mongol instruments, I finally met Steve on the social medias. I had so many questions and he answered them all.
A month later, I was buying a Morin Khuur and today, I am glad I did.
As a musician, buying an instrument isn’t only acquiring it but also understanding the cultural background, learning the traditions, the legends and the lore that nourishes it.
Steve possesses it all and knows how to pass his knowledge, honned by years of learning and teaching the Morin Khuur in capital city Ulaanbaatar.
His dedication and discipline for sharing his knowledge in the most purest form is one amongst many reasons I would advise people to get in touch with him for any questions, acquisitions and most recently online lessons !”
Loro Piceno – ITALY
Received his Morin Khuur on February 17, 2020
“In 1997, I left Italy with a group of musician friends. We played in the squares of the largest cities of Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia on our way to Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. There I was able to appreciate the extraordinary Mongol culture and tradition. I decided then to purchase a morin khuur.
This instrument that followed me until now became in very bad shape. I searched on internet how to get a new one and came across Steve Morel. I was struck by his choices and his way of proposing himself…
Today, I have at home a beautiful new morin khuur tried, checked and perfectly set up directly by Steve, who took care of every details of the expedition.
I am very happy and I hope one day to be able to return to that wonderful land and to meet him. For the time being, I will follow his interesting online lessons. Thank you very much, Steve. Good life to you.”
Osse – FRANCE
Received his Morin Khuur on October 31, 2019
“When sharing with Steve about what I was looking for, it have always been in a warm hearten and open minded state of mind. His musical practice and his immersive life in Mongol culture makes him the perfect person to help you to find an instrument that will fit your budget and expectations.
He really is a trustworthy guy, and I will for sure ask him again for my next order.”
Ukiah, CA – UNITED STATES
Received his Morin Khuur on May 10, 2018
“Steve was easy to contact and communicate with. He was willing to answer any and all questions.
When I received the shipped instrument it was in a sturdy wood box, and therefore had been kept safe after all those miles around the world, I also had the instrument itself shipped in a hard carrying case too. It plays great and I find a lot of satisfaction from playing it.
I will be contacting Steve again in the future for another one at some point, next time I want an igil!”