Help with bachi

Hi everyone I finally got my shamisen but only comes with a plastic bachi. Would this one be a good buy

Hello. I can only speak for myself when I say wooden bachi is the best. I tried plastic, too harsh of a sound, tried a friend’s bekkou, nice but I’d have to sell one of my kidneys in order to be able to afford one. Wood will give you a nice sound, not too sharp. The only issue is if you play tsugaru with wood is that it doesn’t take abuse all too well.
This is my personal experience though. :slight_smile:

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Hey there.

That is the same bachi offered on the shop here. (FYI: it might be cheaper here than on eBay)

It’s a modern style resin/plastic that’s similar to ivory in terms of sonic character. Perhaps a little sharper. You can definitely get a nice snap out of it with good form, and that’s really the goal.

It’s a little stiff, but wood is even harder in my experience. At least, the wood I’ve used.

If you’re just starting out, it’s a great option.