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PostPosted: 2012-10-14, 13:35    Post subject: Should I be corncerned by this? Reply with quote

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I've noticed, by looking through the thumb hole, that the urushi in my shakuhachi has worn away in places revealing the bare bamboo, is this something which should concern me.

The shakuhachi has been identified, by Perry, as an Edo period instrument and I would be very distressed if it were to be damaged in anyway.

If necessary I will ask Perry if he can have a look at it although it would be a while before I could afford to send it due to postage costs from the UK,

I am meticulous in swabbing it out every time I play, will this be sufficient or would you advise me to refrain from using it until I can afford to have it restored?

Paul
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PostPosted: 2012-10-15, 14:15    Post subject: Should I be corncerned by this? Reply with quote

Hi Paul, I don't think you need to be concerned. I've seen many old flutes with worn lacquer around the finger holes that play fine. It can affect the sound, but probably not in any noticeable way.

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PostPosted: 2012-10-15, 14:46    Post subject: Should I be corncerned by this? Reply with quote

Thanks Perry but I think I phrase my question badly, the wear is actually inside the bore but can be seen through the thumbhole, the urushi in the finger holes is fine.

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PostPosted: 2012-10-15, 15:11    Post subject: Should I be corncerned by this? Reply with quote

Hi Paul, This can eventually lead to more deterioration since breath moisture can seep into the bamboo under the lacquer causing it to lift more.

It can, however, still play well and last a long time under careful cleaning and storage. I would be sure that the tsuyutoshi moisture cloth is not too tight as it might grab the lacquer when being pulled through. Also let the flute air dry for 20 minutes or so before storing in in an airtight container.

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PostPosted: 2012-10-15, 19:40    Post subject: Should I be corncerned by this? Reply with quote

Thank you Perry, eventually I'll get it to you for refurbishment but in the meantime I'll take extra care.

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