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PostPosted: 2014-06-28, 13:06    Post subject: Frayed Utaguchi Reply with quote

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it was a snip on ebay and so I buyed a shakuhachi from japan. It has a wonderful and rich sound but I am a bit concerned about the utaguchi.
It looks a bit frayed and as a beginer I'm not sure if this will affect the sound / my practice. It seems to be a bit difficult to reach the kan register with it and hold a steady sound (but that can be more the problem of me and my playing...not sure).

So I add some pictures and would be very thankful for your opinion. Maybe I should give it to restoration?

By the way; maybe someone knows what's the meaning of the symbols at the root end...looks like three bars and a cross.

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PostPosted: 2014-06-28, 14:58    Post subject: Frayed Utaguchi Reply with quote

Hi Peter, nothing wrong with the mouthpiece. Enjoy! Okay
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PostPosted: 2014-06-28, 20:03    Post subject: Frayed Utaguchi Reply with quote

I agree with Tairaku...
三十 means 30 in Japanese.... but I don't know if that is what they wanted it to say...
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PostPosted: 2014-06-28, 20:24    Post subject: Frayed Utaguchi Reply with quote

Thank you both very much, that level out my concerns! Smile
I really like the flute and it's a pleasure to play with it...so now I have to work more on my playing skills.
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PostPosted: 2014-06-29, 10:41    Post subject: Frayed Utaguchi Reply with quote

Sometimes, utaguchi which are slightly narrow and slightly deep (with emphasis on "slightly") as yours appears to be can play the kan register more easily. I once had a flute with an utaguchi shape similar to yours and I had it "repaired" so it looked more crescent shape and standardized. The result was a flute with a much more challenging kan register. I really should have kept it the way the original shakuhachi maker made it. If the edge is a little rough, so be it. It probably adds more character to the sound.
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PostPosted: 2014-06-29, 11:12    Post subject: Frayed Utaguchi Reply with quote

Hello X,

the funny thing is, that I reach more easily the kan register with my other shakuhachi wich is a very simple long bamboo in A. So I was a bit frustrated that my D Shakuahchi is not that "easy" but now I realize it's me - not the flute! Very Happy
So I have to practice more - my poor neighbours! Wink
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