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PostPosted: 2011-03-28, 03:09    Post subject: Shakuhachi I've Known & Loved Reply with quote

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1.5 rough cut Chinese madake bamboo shakuhachi made by Ken LaCosse, Mujitsu Shakuhachi, San Francisco, 2008. A beautiful piece of shakuhachi art that I auctioned on eBay for a friend in need.

Kinshu 1.8

Amazing curve! This one made it's way around one of the Florida shakuhachi camps where it was dubbed "The Fog" for it's sound quality.

1.85 Mujitsu Noir

Played C to C#. A Mujitsu shakuhachi by Ken LaCosse of San Francisco.

Mujitsu 1.9

A 1.9 that played in C.

1.9 nobekan

One of the best flutes I've ever played. Wide bore, HUGE Ro, gliding upper kan. A 1.9 C-C# I got from Peter Hill. I sold it to a lucky and good friend in Chicago.

Chanting Moon 1.8 Edo-Meiji

Detail of an unusual and wonderful late Edo/Early Meiji 1.9. I repaired it and sold it to a good friend in the Netherlands. The gold urushi kanji reads "Chanting Moon," — I think.

1.6 Mujitsu

Another shakuhachi by Ken LaCosse of San Francisco. This one a complete jinashi from Chinese Madake. Classic node-to-hole placement. Amazing shape, eh? This one went to Austin, TX to a friend.

WWII 1.8

This was kin to another flute that I had that was thought to be a "possible" "maybe" "almost" Shiro flute, so I always assumed this was from the same workshop as they shared similar and unique "crafting markers". Neither was from a Shiro shop, but this particular one was a very good, playable flute with a lovely Ro. Easy upper kan. It had a really nice squarish shape on the bottom hand end that made the flute very comfortable to hold. About 11.5 ounces. I bought this for around $350.oo I had some restorative work done to it by Ken LaCosse and I sold it for $500.oo to a person in Europe at about a third of it's market re-sale value. A real bargain for a shakuhachi of that quality and age. Note the finger hole stains (made by a "left-handed player" as the left hand was used for the bottom holes). A well-loved flute when it was in original use. My guess is that it was probably made in WWII Japan or just post-war.

2.35 Taimu Noir

This huge piece of bamboo was a piece that Ken LaCosse got from master maker Kodama.
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PostPosted: 2011-03-28, 03:16    Post subject: Shakuhachi I've Known & Loved Reply with quote

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2.35 Taimu Noir

This huge piece of bamboo was piece that Ken LaCosse got from master maker Kodama.


This flute is called "Frankenschwantz" and is currently played by me. It's my favorite Taimu!
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Brian Tairaku Ritchie wrote:

This flute is called "Frankenschwantz" and is currently played by me. It's my favorite Taimu!


The Ha or Ri hole (the top #4 hole) is as big as a Nohkan embrouchure hole (Nohkan is a Japanese transverse flute used for Noh drama music, also in some Kabuki music.). Something like 15mm, maybe larger. The bottom Tsu hole is just or almost as big.

"Frankenschwantz" is an accurate name for that flute because you have to be as big as Frankenschwantz in order to play it.
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It's called Frankenschwantz because it is gnarly and ugly like a piece of Frankenstein's anatomy. Yes it takes a bit of doing to play this flute but the results are well worth it. It is unique.
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PostPosted: 2011-03-28, 04:24    Post subject: Shakuhachi I've Known & Loved Reply with quote

Just went through the pics Chris.... That 1.9 by Ken was gotten by me. It plays 2.0. Is pretty nice. Has a nice tone
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Just went through the pics Chris.... That 1.9 by Ken was gotten by me. It plays 2.0. Is pretty nice. Has a nice tone


Yes, that is great shakuhachi! Very happy it has a good home. Okay
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Brian Tairaku Ritchie wrote:
It's called Frankenschwantz because it is gnarly and ugly like a piece of Frankenstein's anatomy. Yes it takes a bit of doing to play this flute but the results are well worth it. It is unique.


Yes, we both share a love of Frankenuhachi. Mort de Rire
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