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J. Danza
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PostPosted: 2012-10-14, 08:05    Post subject: A cool story Reply with quote

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A long time ago I asked for help in the old forum to identify my first teacher, whose name I couldn't remember, and no one seemed to be able to help with only year and location information. Through Facebook I located the man who sold me my first flute ($60 for a very rough cheapo instrument, that, by the way, I have kept and still play for it's "historical" personal value), and I thought he may know who this teacher was. He in fact did, and not only that, but he had become well acquainted with him when this person moved to his neighborhood! The name is Karl Signell, and he is from the Yamaguchi Goro lineage, which is interesting, since in Japan I ended up studying with a Goro lineage sensei too.
The amazing and cool thing is that Karl seems to have dedicated himself to the Ney subsequently, and actually gave his Shakuhachi to my old friend, who has offered to pass it on to me! It seems to be an old Tom Deaver, and it's most likely the flute that my sensei was playing when he was teaching me (over thirty years ago)!
My first serious flute was also a Tom Deaver (imported from Japan by the same friend who sold me the first one), so it's a magical closing of a long circle...
I'm very excited both about finding out the name of my teacher and the incredible gift of the flute... It seems like an initiation onto a new phase of my relation with the instrument, right on the heels of the amazing experience in Kyoto.
If and when I get it I'll keep you all posted about it...
Peace...
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PostPosted: 2012-10-14, 10:54    Post subject: A cool story Reply with quote

Very cool!
I have spoken quite often with Karl Signell in the past. I hope he is well. He is also a scholar who has written articles - one on a comparison of ney and shakuhahi.
Say hi to him! Smile

Coll story! Thanks for sharing!
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PostPosted: 2012-10-16, 14:48    Post subject: A cool story Reply with quote

Hey Pepe, That's pretty cool, being gifted a flute from Tom and an ex teacher.

I just had one of Tom's I Ching flutes pass through here recently. One of his first cast bore flutes - a great instrument. Every time one of Tom's flutes come in, as soon as I hold it it in my hands, I'm instantly catapulted back to my visit with him in the mountains of Nagano where I'm sitting on the floor of his rustic workshop listening to stories. Whether it was about how he got into Chikusen Tamai's workshop or the monkey in his blueberry patch, his perspective was truly unique. He was quite a guy.

So glad to hear the circle is completed. Now let's hear those ringing vibrations. Wink

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PostPosted: 2012-10-16, 18:03    Post subject: A cool story Reply with quote

You will, Perry! And as you know... most of my flutes have "the Perry touch"... it's likely to end up in your shop anyway Wink
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