Hi all; I’m new here. Never even touched a shamisen yet but that will change in January when I start taking lessons and I am soooo excited
I’m going to Japan for five weeks in February and my teacher says he can hook me up with a decent tsugaru shamisen for beginners from a shop he already has a relationship with (I think it’ll be around the 65,000円 range) and have it sent to my hotel, which is perfect.
The only thing is, I am most definitely on a budget and I wasn’t planning on buying an expensive hard case to take it home… after all, as a beginner, I have no idea where I’ll be with it in a year or two’s time.
Is it true that the sao of some beginner shamisen can’t be dismantled? I wonder if this price range would be dis-mantle-able? (Good word invention, I know.)
I was hoping to follow Kyle’s advice here on the site and put carefully pack the dou in my carry-on and maybe carry the sao wrapped in bubble wrap or in a soft-style case in my hand. Or, would it be crazy to bring the whole shamisen in a soft-style case in carry-on? I’m flying out of Narita so I feel like they should understand why it’s delicate and not force me to chuck it in the hold at the gate… the most delicate thing I’ve ever travelled with was a wedding dress and they were lovely about it, but we all know how air travel can be.
Any suggestions/ideas/etc. welcome!