Sawari (En) installations


#1

Im planning on buying a shamisen but I have to ask,so I was looking in the fitting and parts area of the store
and I was wondering since I don’t exactly have the materials necessary to install a sawari (En) do you do Sawari (En) installations on a Nagauta shamisen if we send it in? If not is there anyway to install it?

Im new to all of this so please forgive me if I got something wrong


#2

You may want to directly message @Kyle_Abbott about this to make sure he replies to you quickly~


#3

Thanks for the tag, Chris! :slight_smile:
Hi Squid! That’s a great question. Unfortunately, I don’t believe it’s possible to install a sawari device (En or Azuma) into a nagauta shamisen because the tenjin is too thin. It is possible to create the sawari effect the traditional way, which is explained in this video.


#4

Thank you for the reply Kyle

Another quick question regarding the Kamigoma for the Nagauta/Jiuta,
in the fitting in parts section of the store it says in the description that
it lifts the 2 thinner strings and is used or im assuming recommend if your not installing a Azuma Sawari or En Sawari
Im a little confused again so could you help me clear this up?

Sorry again if I get something wrong and thank you for answering my first question


#5

Ah, that’s a good question too! You’ve got the answer. :slight_smile: When the ichi no ito is not on the kamigoma, it is low enough to vibrate against the ridge (sawari yama), which creates the buzzing sound.

sawari-nashi

That is how the sawari effect is traditionally made for shamisen (the mechanical sawari device is a post-war creation). If you do intend to install an en/azuma sawari device (into a shamisen with a thicker tenjin), then the kamigoma will be long enough to fit under all three strings.

Hope that helps! :slight_smile:


#6

Thank you for the answer again Kyle but I am again plagued with
another question.
So how long is the Sawari (En) in the bachido store?
In cm


#7

It should be approximately 3cm long (not including the screw length)