i’m planning on buying a cheap shamisen from ebay that has both sides of the skin ripped, is it better if i replace the skin myself or send it to a professional? and if i do it myself where can i get noriko?
It’s not really something you can do yourself without the tools and expertise.
Kawahari usually requires a specialized vise to allow for proper stretching. I am not sure what one might do without the tool in question. As Phil implied, it’s better left to folks with the gear. But maybe @Kyle_Abbott can weigh in here?
Noriko, on the other-hand, is a pretty easy thing. It’s just rice glue.
Thanks for the tag, Mr. B!
That’s a good idea, Enjin! While it does require some special tools, it’s always worth taking the opportunity for building new skills and trying new experiences.
As it turns out, I have full instructions for skinning shamisen in my book, Shamisen of Japan. This also includes step by step instructions about making all the tools and noriko (from rice flour)