Hello everyone! =)
I’m very pleased to have finally signed in to that awesome community and I hope you are doing fine with your Shamisen lessons, hehe!
So I started to get in touch with Shamisen since I’ve heard the Geishas of Kyoto playing - it’s such a wonderful sound and after a while I wanted to learn it for myself. And so the journey started and I got myself one.
The problem is - I bought my Shamisen (via ebay) … ~3 years ago and I moved a lot during those years so I hardly had the chance to start playing seriously. Now I settled down and I’d like to start taking some (BEGINNER) lessons again =)
BUT I totally forgot which kind of Shamisen I bought (stupid me) and now I need some help to identify my Shamisen because I need some new parts like the strings and the Itumaki (are they called Itumaki or Karakui?? I’m totally confused).
The strings seem to be in shape but I really need some new Itumaki/Karakui - I will add some pictures, so it would be great if you can help me identify my Shamisen and give me some advice which kind of Itumaki (and eventually strings) I need, because I have absolutely no clue! ((OK update: I just uploaded one picture because I’m not allowed to post more than one. Is this one enough to identify the type of Shamisen?))
This is the detail of the upper part - so you can see that one of the Itumaki/Karakui is damaged and not an original part. I’d like to replace it and I suppose it’s the best to replace all of them?
To be honest, I also think that my Shamisen is for children, because it’s rather small (which shouldn’t be a problem since I’m also not that tall, haha). It’s size is in total about 80 cm and the single piece neck alone is ~ 61 cm.
Does this effect which kind of strings and Itumaki I need to buy? I highly appreciate your help on this - thank you so much in advance!!
Have a great day!! =)