Contact Michael: 719.433.0258 or by contact form. Auditions available with deposit.
2.9 Blue Cloud Mountain Shakuhachi F/F# (On hold)
Blue Cloud Mountain shakuhachi – 2.9 length. In tune with itself between F and F#. Made from 25+ year old Japanese madake bamboo. Sealed bore.
Weight: 545 grams
Length: 87.7 cm
Diameter at blowing end: 12.9 cm.
Diameter at root end: 16.9
Approximate internal bore diameter at blowing end: 2.65 cm
Utaguchi angle: 28 degrees
Utaguchi depth: 3 mm
Off-set holes made for right-hand-on-bottom player
All finger holes are 1.1 cm wide except for Chi, which is 1 cm in width
Shipping included in price. $1,650 (introductory price, ends 12/31/2018)
1.8 Jem Klein (HoSetsu) Professional Shakuhachi. $1,100
1.8 Gyokusui Jiari Shakuhachi. $1,800
This wonderful shakuhachi is great performer with rich texture and full volume. I believe this to be second generation Gyokusui. Recently repaired by Ken Lacosse, purchased from Jeff Cairn in 2009. A great classical shakuhachi with a wide range of moods available to the performer.
1.8 Taniguchi “Select” Jiari Shakuhachi. $2,200
My #1 1.8 for many years- I selected it out of a batch of five different flutes that Michael “Chikuzen” Gould received from Taniguchi Yoshinobu for his students. The flute was recently repaired by Ken Lacosse. The bamboo has an uniusual obling shape that created a wide look from the front and a slim profile – the bore is normally shaped. The flute is a unique player with dense core sound and excellent “cry” in kan. Cracks at root stabilized before I purchased in 2010. Cracks up front repaired recently with surface bindings. Professional grade flute with an great wabisabi look and feel.
This flute’s weight is 435 grams
Recent video (a little rusty on the flute, but you get the idea): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjTi2H99n30
2.0 Kinko, Pre-War. “Shingetsu”
Excellent Kinko flute with “old world” sound crafted near 100 years ago. I purchased from Dai Shihan Peter Hill via Dai Shihan Michael Chikuzen Gould about 7 years ago. This is a wonderful Kinko flute that would be great in a Kinko-ryu player’s hands, but also suitable for other styles.
The flute will conduct all traditional and modern advanced techniques as well and has good volume – wonderful for a flute of this age! (I had previously stated in this listing that one technique was a challenge, but with a simple embouchure adjustment the technique is fluid and is voiced easily).
Here are links to a couple of no-frills videos of me test driving the flute’s potential in my hands:
Test drive #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGzIBajOgys
Test drive #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUwwHBBnHUo
Michael “Chikuzen” Gould: https://www.komuso.com/people/people.pl?person=658