You have always dreamed of playing Tsugaru Shamisen but your budget is too tight? Today, your dream could come true, thanks to Yuji!
This instrument is made from shitan wood – a traditional high-end hardwood for shamisen making. The instrument comes with a purple neo and a black leather doukake – a real badass combo! Also included in the package are a set of attached strings, a dougomu, and a fujaku strip. The dou is skinned with natural skins and the tension is not extremly high, yet definitely yielding a crisp enough sound to enjoy. Also preferable if you have neighbors 😀 There’s some smudges/discolorations from playing, which is a usual thing to happen (see pictures). The wood grain is very pretty to look at and reminds me of delicious baumkuchen (that’s a traditional German layer cake usually enjoyed around Christmas!). Unfortunately, somebody has probably bumped the instrument into a doorframe or against a low ceiling without having the tenjin cap put on. That’s why the tsukigata (the crescent shaped end of the head, tenjin) looks as if a little racoon had gnawed on it. The instrument will come with a tenjin cap, so the flaw will be hidden 🙂
If you don’t have one yet, it’s a good idea to get a washi bag to protect your shamisen’s skin.
This neck is 30 mm wide and 32,5 mm high at the top and widens slightly towards the dou. Its hatomune – the part where the neck enters the sound box – ends in a sharp edge that makes it possible to play up to position 20 and slightly beyond on this instrument.
The neck is crafted in mitsuori style: It can be separated into three pieces and makes travelling with the instrument super easy even if you have to travel with small luggage. The joints are very well crafted which will provide an extra tight fit.
The itomaki (tuning pegs) are made from ebony wood and are very comfortable to use due to their sturdy build.
All you need to add to your set to start playing are a koma, a bachi and a yubisuri. Yubisuri come in different sizes and colors, so you can either match your shamisen’s look or have a colorfur contrasting highlight. There’s a variety of different koma and bachi you can choose from in the shop.
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.
Here’s a sound sample of this instrument! Enjoy!