Hi everyone! I recently bought a beautiful nagauta shamisen off of Facebook for a paltry $100. It’s a beauty.
So, obviously the skin is broken, but that’s not what I’m asking today. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shamisen like this one. The sao is mitsuori, but the final piece by the dou is cut in two. It’s too clean of a cut to be made by the previous owner.
I don’t quite know what’s going on here. The problem is, is that when I put the sao joint into the dou, it doesn’t seem to stay in place. It leans forward when I tighten the ito. It puts unnecessary strain on the strings, because I’m falsely tuning them. By the time I hit the true note, but put the sao joint back in, the strings are pretty close to breaking.
Here’s a closer picture of the sao. The keenly attuned will notice, there’s a crack in the bottom. It was repaired by the previous owner, but it’s a little messy. Do y’all think this could be the problem? Or am I just not putting the piece in through the dou correctly?
Maybe we can get Kyle in on this? I think this would interest him. I’m just so confused. Thank you so much, guys!