Scored this baby for $200 from Goodwill! I’ve been wanting to upgrade for the longest time, and while it’s not a Tsugaru, it still seems like a really good instrument for the price.
I’m hoping you guys can help me identify some things and tell me more about it. But first, pics!
I used the resources here on Bachido to identify things. My first Shamisen, a cheap nagauta I got from ebay over a year ago, is definitely karin wood. This one has a beautiful flamed grain pattern like a fiddle, and it’s also much heavier than the karin wood sao on my other shamisen. From what I have read, this is kouki, right?
This sao is also a little wider than my other shamisen, but it’s definitely a nagauta. Then, why the azuma sawari? I didn’t think nagauta shamisen ever incorporated this device.
One last thing. the bachi is huge, and freakin’ heavy!
Juita bachi?? It’s almost impossible to hold (I have small hands).
So, that’s it for my latest thrifty find! I’ve scored a few cool instruments at second hand shops, but this is by far my favorite!
What are the dots on the kawa for?