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Brian Tairaku Ritchie
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PostPosted: 2013-01-24, 23:24    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

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My bags were confiscated by the TSA when traveling in the States and I had to worry about my long nobe flutes for a week until I got them back. This led me to ask Ken LaCosse to come up with a set of travel long flutes based on the concept of interchangeable mid-sections joined to a mouthpiece and a "root end". We can take our 1.8's on the plane with us but not nobe 2.7's as they fit into the same category as baseball or cricket bats.

I am very happy with the result. I already like plastic and wood flutes, and this is very useful. The Bb, A, Ab lengths are useful to me for any kind of playing. G length gets a bit raw due to aspect ratio but for travel honkyoku playing it's OK.

I have been using them on gigs and people are amazed by the design and quality of the sound, considering the material used. 1.8 bamboo in the pic for size comparison.

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He also has a short flute version.

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PostPosted: 2013-01-25, 07:12    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

I don't have this multiple-length travel shakuhachi set but I bought a Bauhaus 2.4 shakuhachi from Ken LaCosse and I love playing it -- maybe too much, since I'm in the beginning stages of forming my embouchure and I'm supposed to concentrate on playing my main student instrument, a Shakuhachi Yuu, which I do play about 80% of the time.

Just can't stay away from those deeper tones all the time and this is a nice way for me to play them without spending too much money.

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PostPosted: 2013-01-26, 20:56    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

I was detained at LAX with my 1.8 in two pieces. The security guard thought they were nunchaku.

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Just can't stay away from those deeper tones all the time.


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PostPosted: 2013-01-27, 00:55    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

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I was detained at LAX with my 1.8 in two pieces. The security guard thought they were nunchaku.



That happened to me too! "Do dese be's nunchuck widout da chain?"


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PostPosted: 2013-01-27, 01:43    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

So what's the best way to to transport your shakuhachi ( or multiples of) when flying?
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PostPosted: 2013-01-27, 02:40    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

You have to put them in your suitcase if they're nobe. Two piece I take them in carry on. Usually that's OK.
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PostPosted: 2013-01-27, 09:35    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

Wow... Does this mean you add the top and bottom to any of the tubes with finger holes and you have the different length?
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PostPosted: 2013-01-27, 22:22    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

Hi Kiku,

If you look at the bottom of the pic there are actually two pieces there. One is the mouthpiece with utaguchi. The other is the "root end" or I suppose you could call it bell although it is neither. It is a piece of PVC! Exclamation

You change the pitch by adding those to any of the four midsections. Bb, A, Ab, G or if you prefer to think of 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7.

Thus with a minimum of space you can carry the equivalent of 4 chokhan flutes with you and if you lose them or they're confiscated by knobs at the TSA all you have to do is order another set from Ken at a very cheap price. They are musically good, and surprisingly or maybe not, the different lengths have distinctly different personalities.

I leave my set in the car with a Yuu and I'm ready for most shakuhachi emergencies that might come up.

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PostPosted: 2013-01-27, 23:07    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

Wow! That is so cool! We should have at least one set for demonstration in Barcelona!!!! Okay
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PostPosted: 2013-01-28, 04:12    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

What's happening in Barcelona?
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PostPosted: 2013-01-28, 09:33    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

ESS Shakuhachi Festival 2013, July 23-28 !
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PostPosted: 2013-01-28, 17:29    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

Brian Tairaku Ritchie wrote:
What's happening in Barcelona?


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PostPosted: 2013-01-29, 04:43    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

when I was traveling in Japan, all the airport security personnel know shakuhachi. although I was worried about it. But I can tell yours, this situation not be happen in Japan.
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PostPosted: 2013-01-29, 16:15    Post subject: Bauhaus 4 in 1 PVC shakuhachi Reply with quote

Cool idea. I haven't had the nunchaku problem yet - that's a mind blower! - but we got a question from security some years back in the Paris airport whether or not those were 'cigars' that we had in our luggage.
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