Hosozao Shamisen Set “Hoshi” – synthetic skins

  • hosozao shamisen (sao width: 26 mm, height: 27 mm)
  • made from karin wood
  • synthetic “Hibiki” back and front skins

also included in the set:

  • neo
  • doukake
  • strings
  • dougomu


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Come with me to the dark side 😀 Just kidding. Hoshi ist like a beautiful star twinkling in the dark night sky. The style of this shamisen is (hosozao), typically used for Nagauta, Kouta and Hauta playing style. There’s a tiny nick at the very tip of the head (usually covered by a protective cap and thus invisible) which explains why this beauty comes at such an irresistible price!

This instrument is a fine beginner shamisen with synthetic skins and a three part neck which makes it especially easy to take on trips. It’s equipped with a dougomu (rubber pad).

The neck and body are made from karin wood – an established choice for beginner instruments. The instrument comes with a beautiful classic orange/gold doukake with a bamboo motif and a matching neo. Also included in the package is a set of fresh strings. The dou is freshly skinned with Hibiki – the newest generation of synthetic skins with a warm tone that’s closer to the sound of natural skins than any of its predecessors. Hibiki skin is extremely durable and robust. In comparison to natural skin, you don’t have to worry about humidity or sudden rain when playing the shamisen outdoors (you’ll still want to try to avoid both to protect the wood though). This means, you won’t need to use a washi bag to protect your shamisen’s skin.

This neck is 26 mm wide and 27 mm high/thick at the top and widens slightly towards the dou. It has an elegantly slanted hatomune – the part where the neck enters the sound box – which is typical for hosozao shamisen associated with Nagauta style. You can play up to position 19 with this kind of neck.

The tsukigata (the curved end of the tenjin) has a tiny nick – completely irrelevant to the sound of the instrument. Also practically invisible because it’s covered by the protective tenjin cap. 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 itomaki (tuning pegs) are made from ebony wood and are carved in a traditional way that makes them easy to grip despite their slender built.

If you have any further questions, reach out and send me a message and I’ll be happy to help.

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. If it seems helpful to you, maybe add a positionmarker (fujaku strip), too.

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.