Another browse in the usual pawn store and I saw this dirt cheap. So I went and grabbed it.
New Guqin Day.
For those who don't know, the Guqin is a Chinese variation of the zither, this time without the moveable string trees. It uses silk or nylon strings (in my case the latter), tuned to a bass/cello register and played like a lap steel using finger slides.
TL/DR, it's the instrument used in this scene in Hero.
At the moment the tuning pegs are slightly loose so I currently can't tune it high enough for it's traditional tuning so I've got it in low A, B, D, E, F#, A, B. Of course if I get too lazy, I can always tune it in 4ths.