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8thsinner
Posted on: Apr 22 2011, 10:09 PM


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here is the last picture I am going to fight with trying to upload...
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Posted on: Apr 22 2011, 12:38 PM


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Thanks anyway Tootie, I have been wanting a shakuhachi for so many years now it annoys me to no end that a few years I gave away a lovely piece of three foot bamboo.

If anyone had some spare I might try and make one myself, with. an axe, rock and nettle. Not sure I could find a monkey...lol
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Posted on: Apr 22 2011, 10:07 AM


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Here is the binding...and I know for a fact I could make something better with fresh nettle cords fromthe garden...not so much an issue but due to the rest, I am thinking a full refund might be my best bet...
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Posted on: Apr 22 2011, 08:35 AM


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I have been trying to upload more but on a mobile device it's very temperamental...

I thought so. It is meant to be sharp right?
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Posted on: Apr 22 2011, 08:25 AM


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Thanks for the replies guys, but I don't want to do anything until you can all judge it yourself in pictures.

I could be over reacting or being fussy.

God's it's p...Ing me off so much though just on the 4v5 holes alone.
And my friend still has to see his...

here's the end...
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8thsinner
Posted on: Apr 21 2011, 04:37 PM


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etsy.com/shop/FluteDesigner777?ref=seller_info

Got them from here.
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8thsinner
Posted on: Apr 21 2011, 02:35 PM


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my flute arrived and I'm not convinced it was worth the money...

I am no expert so I'd like some advice.
First off here's what I ordered...for myself,there's another of a friends who ordered with me...

Smallest shakuhachi for traveling.
Samurai carving.
sounding more high pitched than earthy...

What I got was a 4 hole flute, with what looks like gold paint spills over it,(maybe meant to be painted) two chips/cracks, one binding cord that's tied with a reef knot on the outside binding up the wrapped threads, and the end is not as sharp as I thought it should be.
I can barely get a sound from it but cannot guarantee that's not my no skill creeping in...the four holes have left deep gouges where the drill went too far through,the bore is the furthest thing from smooth.

I have pics but the touchpad on net book is dead or some reason and it's making it hard to use. I'll try to upload from them from the archos though.

I only paid like 60 dollars with 30 in shipping. I wasn't expecting the Ritz but can I really accept this...it also took two months from commission to get here...US>UK.

My friends flute...
Ordered regular size
carving custom circle thing...cannot remember the name of the symbol...

Regular sized enough. clean looking bamboo, holes drilled through to the inner bore, one of the sets of bindings actually slides up and down...blown end again, also looks almost rounded and not a sharp cut...he got no carving, his carving was on my flute...

I ordered from etsy and don't know what to do...
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Posted on: Apr 14 2011, 11:55 PM


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WOW indeed, that sounds incredible, at first though all I could hear was the spitting sound he had to throw in to get the echo which was putting me off in the first minute but then it kind of opened up for me and I am astonished by the skill.
If anyone has seen the film/read the book/played the game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. /Road side picnic...it reminds me of the sounds in that, the spooky ideals of wistful demons haunting your inner most thoughts.

They followed on in that thread to talk about the idea of echo hunting, I might have to try that myself, but I would not be hopeful in finding anywhere, abandoned buildings here tend to be left alone for good reasons.

Maybe whilst I am passing Germany on my trip I can stop in to that place, if I can play by then.

Thank you very much for sharing.
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Posted on: Apr 11 2011, 10:48 PM


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Thanks for that, and it's not that I going with flutes persay, I am just taking one with me, it'll probably be on the side of my back pack or something so it's away form heat other than the sun, but that can be moved around the pack to keep the case in shade as much as possible.
It's just your run of the mill 10,000mile trek, with baggage,hehe

I have never noticed any smell from kydex not even when cooking it, maybe it's a different abs type...

Well I have lots of foam here and I would rather use that for protection than bubble wrap as bubble wrap can flatten in time, and the foam should at least slow the migration down so it has more time to adjust at least.

So, now I am thinking velvet or moleskin cloth (would that be too tough?) case, with foam outside that wrapped to fill an end sealed pipe, still with leather outer layer, maybe a giant turks head knot in leather...

If I manage to start learning more than one piece, I might end up throwing scores into the case too so the pipes extra space could come in handy...Thats if and when I can learn to play from a script or course.
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Posted on: Apr 11 2011, 03:50 PM


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I maybe should have put this in new members but as my only interest is in the shakuhachi I felt it better suited this sub.
Perhaps I could have put it in practice but it's not yet at that level.

The main reason I was tempted to get a shakuhachi to begin with is for the sake of one song/piece.

Dead can dance - Piece for solo flute.
It's really a beautiful piece of music (On youtube) and touches my heart every time I hear it without question, I have played it for many of my friends and most agree it's some sort of primal thing.
When I hear it, I can see cherry blossoms, stone paving, flowing water and a warrior in sieza dusting up his sword ready for battle.

My question is this, Can anyone help in working out the tones?

To go on, I have no musical talent what so ever, only thing I remember from way back in school is that my music teacher was boring, and where C is on the piano. I listen to music like the classics, rock, some metal etc but it's been very hard for me to find music that truly works for me.

The above piece has been described to ma as sounding more like a native american flute, that is fine, I want to play it on the shakuhachi, I have a thing for Japanese style music and the shakuhachi lends to my soul more. For what ever reason.

To complicate things perhaps. My flute as I am currently unemployed is a low budget smaller version, which I have been told should be able to be played much like a full size but I am obviously not sure yet.



So back to my question, how can I learn to learn this piece when I can't hear music, can anyone here help?
Perhaps there is a software program which can analyze music notes and help people to learn, I don't know.

Please help
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8thsinner
Posted on: Apr 11 2011, 03:30 PM


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I ordered a shakuhachi from a guy on etsy before christmas, despite lots of crap about getting it made it should be here in a few days with any luck...

I have and will have the need to carry this on a motor bike through various elemental conditions and I am wondering about how to case it in both a solid and effective way.

I know the most important thing with storing is to maintain both humidity levels and temperature levels.

I am not sure this would work, but heres my idea.
Principles of idea
- Form fitted impact resistant outer layer (kydex)
- Looks nice, but compact (leather)
- Air, moisture and shock resistant insulated layer of air (Neoprene foam5mm)

Wrap the flute in tinfoil.
Take a strip of 5mm neoprene foam and wrap this around the foil, and wrap more foil around it, to protect it from any heat fluctuations.
Wrap this around with a sheet of thick kydex which can be formed in an oven, tie it shut with strapping or a belt or something whilst it cools. I will glue the neoprene to the kydex when it's shaped.
Trim this down with a dremel so it's allowing a 1-2mm overlap.
Finally wrap the whole thing in leather and glue it to the kydex adding a carry strap of some sort.
I was planning on cutting a few disks of wood for the top and bottom edges of the kydex layer still using neoprene on the inside of the disks to get as tight a fit as possible.


Does this sound like it would keep the element enough at bay on the road touring on a bike?


I have to ask because though I am not touring yet, I plan to be and the shakuhachi is one of the things I am looking to use to relax in a midst stressful times.
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