Root end jinashi Shakuhachi in E rare IVORY inlay lacquered bore SUSUDAKE SMOKED BAMBOO!
Regular price $395.00
This is a slightly wide bore root end Jinashi Shakuhachi in the key of E minor pentatonic. Plays easier than most Shakuhachi in the first octave (otsu) because it's slightly wider than most. However, it makes it more difficult (but not impossible) to reach the top of the second octave (kan). The bore is lacquered and quite smooth. These qualities, plus the smaller overall size of this flute (18 inches/46 centimeters) make it very well suitable for beginners and those with smaller hands.
It's about 10 years old and has an absolutely gorgeous patina - really, it looks hundreds of years old to me (check the photos!). This is from the special "smoking" process that creates "susudake" (smoked bamboo). It's a seven node Shakuhachi with perfect nodal placement in relation to the finger holes and the root end is perfectly round. There is a (very rare to find) "reclaimed ivory" inlay in the Kinko ryu style and black lacquer in the bore. There is a hanko that reads "heaven".
To reiterate: This flute has a beautiful ivory inlay at the mouthpiece, a nicely lacquered bore, a beautiful patina and perfect nodal placement. It is a wider bore than a typical key of E which translates to easier playing in the first octave (Otsu) but cuts out towards the top of the second (kan) without the necessary experience.