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Updated 4-4-2015
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The following MUJITSU Shakuhachi by Ken LaCosse are in stock and available for purchase. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I have a number of shakuhachi going in the shop constantly. Many are sold before they make it to this page. If you don't find what you are looking for here I might be working on it now! You can contact me here.

The flutes on this page are the finest that I have available. They are made from Japanese Madake culms of some of the highest quality obtainable. Although each flute has a distinct tonal personality, the overall tonal quality that characterizes Mujitsu Jinashi Shakuhachi is a glowing, fluid playability. The Taimu Shakuhachi are characterized by their breathy, penetrating glow. All flutes are meticulously and patiently adjusted until they are ready to be included here.

The black or dark flutes which are occasionally included here are fashioned after some of the finer vintage Komuso flutes I've had the opportunity to play and study. The Komuso monks often painted the outside of their flutes with urushi, presumably to protect them from the elements. The black urushi surface is soft and velvety yet extremely durable.

Also, check out other shakuhachi for lower priced flutes.

Auditioning Shakuhachi
The Mujitsu Shakuhachi Flutes below can be auditioned under the following terms:

I ask for full payment in advance of shipment (money orders, cashiers checks and PayPal orders only please) Upon receipt of payment, I'll ship the flute by USPS Mail. A full refund (minus shipping expense and Paypal fees - if any) will be given if you decide to return the flute (insured) in its original condition when received. Please let me know within two days upon receipt if you wish to purchase or return the flute.

This auditioning policy does not apply to custom orders or shakuhachi with special requests. These sales are final. 

Ken LaCosse

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Mu Shakuhachi
Taimu without the holes.

MU Shakuhachi are long, extra wide shakuhachi without holes! Made from the same bamboo as Taimu Shakuhachi, these flutes are made for low, breathy, meditative RO blowing and harmonics. MU Shakuhachi are made to order and range in length from approximately 85cm. to 110cm. Diameters range from approximately 5.5cm to 6.5cm.  MU Shakuhachi are available in two styles - Natural Bore and Urushi Bore/Urushi Stained Roots.

$275 - Natural Bore
$375 - Urushi bore and urushi stained roots.


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Taimu and STAN T-shirts 
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Taimu Fingering Charts

These are shakuahchi which have been cut at ground level. This is right around the first root ring. This particular batch is unique in that higher quality flutes are turning out using this cut instead of including the complete root end. They are consistently velvety and rich in tone. #1 and #2, red urushi bore and black exterior. #3, mustard urushi bore and black exterior. #4, black urushi bore and brown exterior.
$500 each.
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1.7 Mujitsu D
40 year old Japanese makake bamboo. Upturned root. Vibrant tone.

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2.0 Mujitsu C

Made from 40 year old Japanese madake bamboo. Balance of power and smoothness. Elegant playability.

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2.8 Taimu F#

Solid, dense Japanese madake. Foghorn tone. Booming. Best played with pipers grip.

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2.35 Taimu A

A relatively thinner and lighter Taimu. Airy, whispy tone. Slightly offset holes. Can be played with fingertips.

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2.35 Taimu A

Dense and solid. Rich, penetrating, foghorn tone. Small, hairline cracks at the middsection. Repaired, bound and stabalized.

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2.05 Taimu  

A rich, powerful foghorn Taimu. Very nice traditional aesthetic. Round bamboo, upturned rootend, even, seven node spacing. Taimu at this length are difficult to pull off. This particular piece is at the pinnacle of aspect ratio which (for shorter Taimu) is critical for tone quality and upper register tuning and playability. An exceptional player with traditional Japananese visual aesthetic.

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2.5 Taimu G#

Solid, dense bamboo. Japanese madake. Offset finger holes. Can be played with pipers grip or fingertip pads. Rich, resonant, foghorn glow.

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Four (ground level) shakuhachi.

These are all shakuhachi which have been cut at ground level. This is right around the first root ring. Shakuhachi cut at this level are unique as the bore is slightly wider than conventional rootend shakuhachi. This gives the flute a quick, breathy attack and a sweet depth of tone. The bore still retains enough taper to ensure very good tuning in the upper registers. Since they do not include the full root, they can be trimmed and tuned exactly on the tonic. So, they can be played with other instruments. The shakuhachi in D are ideal for jinashi lessons as well. All are sealed with polished urushi. Red urushi bores. This group represents the best examples of this unique style.  

1.65 D#  $500  SOLD

1.7 D   $375

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1.7 D   $500  SOLD

1.7 D   $500  SOLD

Mujitsu 1.8 (D)
Very smooth, yet powerful player. Can be pushed and manipulated nicely. 35+ year old excellent quality Japanese madake bamboo. Very responsive, velvety tone. A real nice jinashi 1.8.

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Mujitsu 1.9  (C#)
Here is a 1.9 which somehow defies the odds. It’s made from Chinese root bamboo, but has made it to my high end shakuhachi page.  It has what I call offset hole spacing. (A node between holse 1 and 2 and between 3 and 4) Never the less,  this particular piece turned out to be a gem. In fact, this flute is the best conventional bore shakuhachi to come out of the shop in awhile. This has been my personal shakuhachi for the last year. Originally not for sale. Now available. Rich, warm, resonant, velvet tone. Deep depth. Red urushi bore. Black rubbed urushi velvet like exterior.

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Mujitsu 1.6 (D#)
Elegant, rustic 30+ year old Japanese Madake bamboo. Smooth, sweet, warm jinashi sound. 

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Mujitsu 1.45 (F)
This Mujitsu is slightly wider bored than conventional shakuhachi
which gives it an open, breathy, yet sweet tone. Nicely shaped
bamboo. Slightly flatenned face. Attractive rootend. 

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Taimu 1.9 and 2.1  
These two shakuhachi were made together. Short Taimu like this can be challenging to pull off. I'm happy with the results of these two flutes.

Taimu 1.9   (Shortest flute)  This is the widest bore 1.9 I've made. Penetrating, airy, glowing tone. Very large holes give it an expressive quality. Nice,
solid piece of bamboo with comfortable flattened face. Short enough to play with fingertips yet still retains a complex, wide bore sound. Surprisingly smooth
second register. Tuned between C and C#.

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Taimu 2.1  (Longer flute)  Similar flute tonewise. Breathy, hollow, rustic voice. Best played with pads of the fingers. Nice second register. Tuned
between Bb and B.
$1,750  SOLD

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Three 2.4 Taimu
These three 2.4 Taimu Shakuhachi were made together in a group. Working on flutes in groups is a good way to compare bore work strategy. All
three flutes have an individual tone quality.

SOLD #1 (Far left)  This first 2.4 plays with a smooth, airy glow. It's a relatively easy player. The holes are offset making it comfortable to hold and play.
Solid bamboo. Nice root. (k)

SOLD  #2 (Middle)  Dense, nicely round bamboo. Widest bore of the three. The tone is very powerful, penetrating and glowing. Plays soft and subtle as
well. Quick attack, nice depth and smooth decay. Offset holes. This flute is a good example of the widest bore Taimu glow that I look for when
making a flute.

#3 (Far right)  Slightly thinner bored than #2. The tone is rich, ariy and dark. Smooth, mysterious tone. Very nice bamboo. Solid, dense, elegant.
Slightly flattened face makes the inline holes very comfortable. The sound and shape of this flute gives me a "centering" quality while playing.

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