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Updated 4-2-2014
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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. This page changes periodically so be sure to return for the latest update.

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.




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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 Fingering Charts






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.
$2,000

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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
 











2.1 Taimu Bb

This is the first of the new batch of Taimu for 2014. Classic Taimu glow and windiness.
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.
$2,000  SOLD







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

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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.
$2,000

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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,
long shakuhachi.
$2,000




















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.
$2,500

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Taimu 2.27  (A)  
Wide bore, breathy, glowing  tone. Solid piece. Holes are slightly
offset and angled. Can be played with fingertips or pads of index fingers.

$750

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Taimu 2.34 (G#)  
SOLD
Rich, breathy, glowing tone. Angled  slightly offset holes. Can be played with fingertips or pads of index fingers. 
$1,750  





            
Taimu 2.45  (G#)
Wide bore Jimori Taimu. Angled holes. Best played with pipers grip. Rich, glowing, foghorn tone with powerful vibration. 
$2,000   SOLD






               
Mujitsu 1.6 (D#)
Elegant, rustic 30+ year old Japanese Madake bamboo. Smooth, sweet, warm jinashi sound. 
$1,500

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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. 
$1,200

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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#.
$2,250

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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)
$1,500

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.
$2,500

#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.
$2,500


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