I’m fairly new to this site, but I’m gathering information about the shamisen for a good while now.
I also want to start learing how to play it soon, and for that, I need an instrument of course. Bachido here is pretty much my store of choice by now, since I’m looking for a shamisen with synthetic skin.
Currently, I’m saving some money to actually be able to afford an instrument myself. Though before I’m really confident in investing, I still have some questions in mind that I hope some of you have an answer for. I’ll try to keep it short ^^’
First of all, I’m pretty much trying to find a reasonable decision between the Sakura Shamisen and the Eclipse (or the Akatsuki, should the Eclipse be out of stock by the time I can afford one). From the website, I get that the Eclipse has a Tsugaru sized Dou, I can’t find a size for the Sakura though. Is it the same, or smaller? I really want to get into learning that nice percussive Tsugaru style and I’d really prefer a Shamisen that’s suited for that matter.
I’m experienced with playing E-Bass and upright Bass, my hands are used to that. I’m having problems with the closer strings on the guitar though, since my hands are quite big (I’m about 186cm tall). Would the chuzao neck be broad enough to comfortably play compared to the string distance I’m used to from the bass? Or would the Akatsuki with the futozao neck be the better choice here? I’m thankful for any personal experience on those instruments from you.
Has anyone experience with fixing the guitar strap directly on the neck, without using a strap button? Does it hold well or is it more of an improvised solution? Most importantly, can it put too much stress on the neck? I don’t want to possibly damage a shamisen that way, but I’d also prefer not to drill a hole into a 2000 dollar instrument if I can avoid it ^^’
Has anyone experience with shipping to Europe, especially Austria? I can’t really find any good information on the actual import taxes on musical instruments from Japan. I’d be interested in how much you guys had to pay to import an instrument to Europe.
As I’ll also need strings, case, bachi, etc. I’m also interested in import taxes considering the extra stuff. Is it also from Japan? How much will it be if I order items at about 500 Dollars?
That’s all from me for now, I hope to get some interesting answers here. Feel free to DM me too!