Kaito is a great choice to get started when you’re not sure what shamisen style you want to play and keep all options open. The style of this shamisen is associated with Minyo style, but it really is very versatile and makes any kind of style fun to play. Playing Tsugaru style is possible, too, because you can adjust the sawari buzz and the instrument has a very full sound. The width makes it comfortable to play no matter what hand size you have, and the thickness/height of the neck makes gripping it feel super easy!
The instrument is made from karin wood – the common hardwood for student and beginner instruments. The dark blue neo matches the modern dark blue doukake with golden and reddish graphic elements perfectly. Also included in the package is a set of attached strings, a bachigawa (skin protector), and a tenjin cap. I will send it wrapped in a washi bag for maximum protection! The dou is skinned with natural skins that will wrap you in the authentic and warm sound of shamisen music. The skins have a very good tension and provide a wonderful sound.
This neck is 26,5 mm wide and 28,5 mm high at the top and widens slightly towards the dou. The fingerboard ends in a sharp angle that makes playing high notes up to 20 and beyond possible. The instrument has the standard shamisen neck length. The fingerboard has been freshly planed and is in pristine condition.
The tsukigata (the curved end of the tenjin) is in perfect condition. The neck is crafted in mitsuori style: It can be separated into three parts. This makes travelling with the shamisen very easy – even if you have to get by with light and small luggage. The joints are in fantastic shape and have a very snug fit.
The itomaki are made from ebony and are carved in the traditional way with extra ridges for extra grip.
All you need to add to your set to start playing are a koma, a bachi and a yubisuri. Depending on the style you intend to play and your personal preferences, you want to pick a certain kind of koma and bachi. Yubisuri come in different sizes, and I didn’t want to deprive you of the difficult yet fun choice between all the wonderful colors. I also recommend getting an adhesive dougomu or a hizagomu that will prevent the instrument from slipping off your thigh.
If you need help with picking the right additions to this set, don’t hesitate to send a message and we will find the perfect match for you together.