Madake Bamboo

I make all my shakuhachi flutes from MADAKE bamboo either hand picked by me, or for me from Japan and China.
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Looking at Moso bamboo in Kyoto in 2003. Moso is generally too big and has too many nodes.

 

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Here I am just outside of Tokyo in the winter time harvesting bamboo, called Take hori in Japanese. Madake is the only species of bamboo used by professional shakuhachi makers in Japan. Other bamboo species are used sometimes but are not acceptable for making quality shakuhachi. We harvest in the winter because there is less water in the bamboo.
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Madake bamboo has a density and wall thickness that is necessary for the utaguchi blowing edge to split the air stream properly and for the finger holes to have the correct “chimney” for the desired tone color. That being said, the bore of the flute usually also needs shaping of some kind to produce the desired dynamic response and functionality.
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These were harvested in Japan in 12/2005.
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Here they are in my shop today, 4/2009. They are almost ready to be made into shakuhachi. Some would say, why wait, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow!

Madake has beautiful mottling on the skin. the only way to obtain pieces with this kind of mottling is to pay over $300 per piece n Japan, or pick it yourself.
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