I’ve been ghosting through the forum for a while, and after a long search on various websites which lead me to no answer I decided to finally ask here ^^
As I never had the chance to see a shamisen in real life and compare the different types, I can’t recognize a type when I see a pic of one. I was wondering, as all of them have different sizes, if the size of the tuning pegs was different from one type to another.
There are some rare occasions to put your hands on a really cheap tsugaru shamisen on Yahoo Japan Auction. The only problem is because of the materials used for some elements, like tortoiseshell for the bachi and ivory for the tuning pegs, which import is strictly forbidden in Europe. So the seller will not send the instrument with these. Finding a replacement bachi is not a challenge, but it’s more difficult for the pegs. There are a few sets of ebony pegs available, so I was wondering if any of them could be used instead of the ivory ones. As a tsugaru shamisen is bigger than the others, I tend to think that the pegs would be bigger too but I’m not sure.
(Can’t wait for the store later this month! Thanks for the effort Kyle, this is brilliant! :3)