I recently acquired a 1.8 made by Abe Chido. The flute plays beautifully. However I can not find much information about the maker. Does anyone know some history about Abe Chido? Where he lived, who he studied under, what his flute making style was.....etc? _________________ "everything changes"
Posted: 2014-02-08, 04:40 Post subject: Abe Chido information
Sounds like a good buy, Erin. Keep it close.
Shakuhachi player and dealer Peter Hill wrote about Abe Chido:
"Chido studied with Mizuno Rodo, who learned from Araki Kodo II (Chikuo). I've owned a number of Chidos and feel they capture much of the elusive quality of shakuhachi by Miura Kindo or Araki Chikuo."
And: "Since the advent of the Kodo lineage in the Meiji period many makers have put '-do' in their name, but Abe Chido is one of the few whose shakuhachi rate as true master-quality instruments."
And still again, Peter is talking about a specific Chido flute that he was selling at the time:
"Chido shakuhachi also have a warm, somewhat soft tone that is very comfortable to listen to and play. The one downside* is that, like many makers who emulated Miura Kindo, Chido made the Tsu notes flat, and like on many older shakuhachi the chi is sharp. The ri is also a bit flat, but this keeps the hi an octave above in pitch. Many makers have put "-do" in their name, but Chido is one of the few who's shakuhachi capture some of the genius of Miura Kindo."
(Let me know if someone wants to buy it from you. You can message me here on the forum message system or message me at my Shakuhachi Beat facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shaku8)
I hope you enjoy your Abe Chido.
— Chris Moran
*The "downside" is not really a "downside" at all but an honored way of making and tuning shakuhachi before modern makers tied each of their tones to Western musical notes. It makes a lot of sense to tune shakuhachi with slightly flat Tsu and Ro and slightly sharp Chi. A lot of modern players like "push button" tuning on their shakuhachi. To each his own, but the old masters got it right the first time. _________________
Hey Chris, I saw those comments from Peter Hill too but that's all I was able to find in my web search. I wondered if anyone who has studied over in Japan or is living there now knows any more background about Abe Chido and his flutes. _________________ "everything changes"