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Hi Taimu owners and fans,
Like most ideas Taimu developed spontaneously and we don't have a clear idea of how many are out there and who has them. We're trying to get a rough estimate so that the upcoming Taimu can have serial numbers and we can identify them chronologically.
So, if you have one, please list it here with such info as length, pitch, any other characteristics (such as if its a rare two or three piece one, how many nodes, lacquered on the outside, etc.) and if you remember, date of purchase. You might also want to mention whether you bought it from Ken or got it from a previous owner. If you have photos that would be good as well.
I just acquried this 2.6 (G) Taimu from the previous owner about a week ago. This is his original description:
"2.6 Taimu Jinashi Shakuhachi Bamboo Flute. This beautifully crafted instrument was purchased directly from Ken LaCosse of Mujitsu.com, founder of the Shakuhachi Forum. This flute is in perfect condition, no cracks or damage whatsoever.... This is a fine example of a Taimu flute, characterized by its very long, large bore, and large undercut holes. The root end is one of the biggest and most striking I've seen. This bamboo is not particularily heavy and therefore especially good for beginners to larger flutes. The holes are inline, not offset, so its probably better suited to a player with larger hands or good flexibility. The bore's interior is finished with naturally colored urushi lacquer."
"...the bamboo is Japanese Madake that Ken got from a Japanese maker of large flutes, Kodama-san."
I love this shakuhachi - if anyone wants it, after I'm dead you can exhume my grave and claim it.
I've nicknamed it "ROzilla" or "Taimusaurus."
If Mr. LaCosse has any additional info or backstory on this flute I will be very interested!
Last edited by ABRAXAS (2009-03-04 03:05:31)
I´ve got a 2.1 Taimu made of Chinese bamboo (B), purchased directly form Ken. It's been intriguing and impressing many people down here. It's smooth and loud. Maybe it is the first Taimu to reach Brazilian lands. Henrique?
It has given my embouchure some adaptability, so people get surprised when I get a decent Ro out of jinashis (it seems the standard Tozan embouchure gives you a hard time playing jinashis - at least at first).
Now that I'm learning Dokyoku i just can't let go of it!