Old vs. New shakuhachi?

All well made hand tapered bore shakuhachi sound different. Even if they are made by the same maker. A great maker can produce shakuhachi within a trademark sound. But still, each flute is distinct within that ballpark. Having said this, a well made antique (at least 100 years old) shakuhachi should have a more open, warm bambooey sound. This is the sound I try to recreate with my shakuhachi. The modern shakuhachi has a painstakingly hand worked bore so that the pitches can play at exact western standard pitches. This is so the flute can play with other western tuned instruments. It is usually a louder and brighter flute than the antique shakuhachi.

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