Hey there everyone. I picked up a Shamibuddy (Best Buddy) last year, right before COVID shut everything down (lucky me!). Really enjoyed it. I struggled mightily trying to decide between the Shamibuddy and the Beginner’s Shamisen. Ended up going with the Shamibuddy, since I wasn’t quite sure how much I was going to enjoy it/stick with it. A little bit of regret later, since the price delta going up to the Beginner Shamisen is a lot less than buying both… (still, it’ll be nice to have a shamisen that I can take out camping and the like, and not worry about as much)
Came into a little extra discretionary money recently, and have been considering moving up to a standard shamisen, but not sure what would make the most sense.
What’s the reasonable step-up to take?
Is the Beginner Shamisen a decent option for the next step up? Or should I look into Ebay / etc? The Ebay ones could be interesting, but I get concerned with the price+shipping+questionable quality, and/or getting scammed.
I’d like to find one with the adjustable sawari (azuma sawari?), and I guess the Beginner Shamisen doesn’t have that…
I’m reasonably crafty, so building myself a faux bekko bachi is on my to-do list. At some point I might try building one from scratch (bought the book!), but that’s some time off.
I’m in the US, for what difference it makes.
As a second question, what do people do for protective/travel cases for their shamisen? I didn’t see many options available. I guess I could just buy a Pelican-style hardcase with the customizable pick-foam and do it myself, but wondered if there were other common options.
Thanks in advance…