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Perry Yung
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PostPosted: 2012-06-30, 14:08    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

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Hello, Bonjour, Ni Hao, Guten Tag, こんにちは, Wazzup,

I received a flute for repair recently which prompted me to share a story. When I opened the shipping tube, I saw that there was a label on the outside of the cloth bag clearly displaying the owner's contact information. This is a very good idea.

A while back, a friend of mine lost his beloved shakuhachi. It was the sole instrument he had been playing for over 20 years - a prewar KINSHU. As soon he noticed it was missing, he plastered the neighborhood with notices and a description of the flute and the cloth case it was in. Two agonizing days later he received a phone call from a neighbor across his street saying he saw something. He met his neighbor downstairs who brought him to a building down the block. Low and behold, around the side, on top of a garbage can was a Monty Levenson shakuhachi bag with his flute still in it! His neighbor said he saw the tube there two days ago. Those of you who know New York City understand the magnitude of this miracle.

I can say that his flute never sounded as sweet as it does now.
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PostPosted: 2012-07-01, 02:17    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

The balance is now restored, despite the extreme improbability. How sweet does it get! It makes my heart smile Razz
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PostPosted: 2012-07-01, 13:18    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

Jon Palombi wrote:
The balance is now restored, despite the extreme improbability. How sweet does it get! It makes my heart smile Razz

I know others who have lost their flutes with less than positive results. I'm moved every time I hear him play.
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PostPosted: 2012-07-01, 17:48    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

Good to have such a nice positive story among other more "normal" stories....
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PostPosted: 2012-07-02, 00:44    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

I read the title of this thread as "label your shakuhachi" and had horrible mental images of people using a compass to scratch their initials into their flute or writing on it with a marker pen.

Putting some kind of name marker on the shakuhachi bag is definitely a good idea though!
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PostPosted: 2012-07-02, 13:08    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

Jam wrote:
I read the title of this thread as "label your shakuhachi" and had horrible mental images of people using a compass to scratch their initials into their flute or writing on it with a marker pen.


Yes, I know what you mean. However, I've seen many old shakuhachi that were personalized with urushi, maki e and carving. When done right, it can be quite nice. Smile


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PostPosted: 2012-07-03, 01:33    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

Yep if some crackhead roaming the dumpsters of NYC saw that name tag, they'd know just who to call. Embarassed Rolling Eyes Exclamation Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: 2012-07-03, 18:03    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

Brian Tairaku Ritchie wrote:
Yep if some crackhead roaming the dumpsters of NYC saw that name tag, they'd know just who to call. Embarassed Rolling Eyes Exclamation Crying or Very sad


That's what I'm sayin!
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PostPosted: 2012-07-04, 03:38    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

Jam wrote:
I read the title of this thread as "label your shakuhachi" and had horrible mental images of people using a compass to scratch their initials into their flute or writing on it with a marker pen.


Taniguchi put a hanko on my flute with marker pen.
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PostPosted: 2012-07-04, 08:53    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

Perry's story reads exacty as if it says CAT instead of SHAKUHACHI......

So the next thought is, why not...... http://www.nbc33tv.com/all-about-animals/gps-tracking-chips-help-reunite-lost-pets-with-their-families (note the locality mentioned in video)
One of these will fit underneath a binding or inside utaguchi cap, the latest ones are match-head sized Okay Wink
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PostPosted: 2012-07-05, 16:42    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

De Fouw wrote:
Perry's story reads exacty as if it says CAT instead of SHAKUHACHI......

So the next thought is, why not...... http://www.nbc33tv.com/all-about-animals/gps-tracking-chips-help-reunite-lost-pets-with-their-families (note the locality mentioned in video)
One of these will fit underneath a binding or inside utaguchi cap, the latest ones are match-head sized Okay Wink


This would've been great for the others I know who left their flutes in a cab and at airport security.
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PostPosted: 2012-07-05, 19:55    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

Am I the only one not understanding this? The cat was lost for 6 years and then when taken in as a stray, the animal shelter tracked the chip to the cat's owners. Why couldn't the chip find the cat immediately? Unless that's the way these are supposed to work, but I doubt that.
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PostPosted: 2012-07-05, 20:29    Post subject: Label your shakuhachi case. Reply with quote

CharlesKoeppen wrote:
Am I the only one not understanding this? The cat was lost for 6 years and then when taken in as a stray, the animal shelter tracked the chip to the cat's owners. Why couldn't the chip find the cat immediately? Unless that's the way these are supposed to work, but I doubt that.


Good question, Charles. I think the confusion is caused by the use of the term “tracking chip”, which suggests that the cat had a GPS tracking device, which is too large to implant and is usually a collar, not a chip. It seems more likely that the cat had an implanted microchip which allows it to be identified once found. The microchip is scanned by the shelter for a unique identification number which the owner registered with a national database. The owner’s identification is disclosed to the shelter which then contacts the owner.
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