The following MUJITSU Shakuhachi by Ken LaCosse are in stock and
available for purchase. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
This page changes periodically so be sure to return for the latest
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
Also, check out other
shakuhachi for lower priced flutes.
The Mujitsu Shakuhachi Flutes below can be auditioned under the
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
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 orderand
range in length from approximately 85cm. to 110cm. Diameters range
from approximately 5.5cm to 6.5cm.
Shakuhachi are available in two styles - Natural Bore and Urushi
Bore/Urushi Stained Roots.
$275 - Natural Bore
$375 - Urushi bore and urushi stained roots.
and STAN T-shirts 100%
dense bamboo. Japanese madake. Offset finger holes. Can be played with
pipers grip or fingertip pads. Rich, resonant, foghorn glow.
2.8 F# Taimu
This 2.8 has
slightly less width than most Taimu shakuhachi. 48mm at the blowing
end. The tone is very slightly more focused yet with a distinct Taimu
glow. Offset offset hole location for 'pipers grip' style playing.
Elegant bamboo, upturned root. $2,000 SOLD
is the first of the new batch of Taimu for 2014. Classic Taimu glow and
Large, oval, inline holes. Short enough to play with the fingertips if
desired instead of pads.
68cm length. 5cm top diameter. 7.3 diameter at root. Nice tuning
throughout 2 octaves and
into the third.
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.
1.8 (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.
Taimu 2.8 (G at a=336) SOLD A
big flute that is relatively easy to play because it is slightly
thinner than most Taimu. Deep,
foghorn tone. Played with a pipers grip. Ideal for those who
have difficulty with the very fat,
1.9 (C#) Here
is a 1.9 which somehow defies the odds. It’s made from
root bamboo, but has made it to my high end shakuhachi page.
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
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.
2.27 (A) Wide
breathy, glowing tone. Solid piece. Holes are slightly
angled. Can be played with fingertips or pads of index fingers. $750
2.34 (G#) SOLD Rich,
breathy, glowing tone. Angled slightly offset holes. Can be
played with fingertips or pads of index fingers. $1,750
2.45 (G#) Wide
bore Jimori Taimu. Angled holes. Best played with pipers grip. Rich,
glowing, foghorn tone with powerful vibration. $2,000
1.6 (D#) Elegant,
rustic 30+ year old Japanese Madake bamboo. Smooth, sweet, warm jinashi
Mujitsu 1.45 (F)
slightly wider bored than conventional shakuhachi
which gives it an open, breathy, yet sweet tone. Nicely shaped
bamboo. Slightly flatenned face. Attractive rootend.
1.9 and 2.1 These
two shakuhachi were made together. Short
like this can be challenging to pull off. I'm happy with the results of
these two flutes.
(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#. $2,250
(Longer flute) Similar flute tonewise. Breathy,
rustic voice. Best played with pads of the fingers. Nice second
register. Tuned between
Bb and B. $1,750
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
easy player. The holes are offset making it comfortable to hold and
Solid bamboo. Nice root. (k)
Dense, nicely round bamboo. Widest bore of the three. The
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
making a flute.
#3 (Far right)
Slightly thinner bored than #2. The tone is rich, ariy and
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