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(Sold) FS: Japanese Shamisen with case!

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Hello.

I am selling my Authentic Japanese Shamisen. It is a nagauta karin style shamisen made in japan.

I received this as a Christmas present last year from my parents. I decided to take up the Ukulele instead of the shamisen, so it has been kept in its case in storage for the past year. It has been kept safe in a humidity controlled room away from heat sources and the sun. I have only ever strummed it a few times, and although it is technically used it is still in the same condition that I received it new.

It is made of beautiful qince wood from Thailand. Please see the pictures for closeups of this lovely wood. The tuning pegs are exotic black ebony wood. It has a natural membrane head, silk-covered side cover, bone bridge, plastic tenjin cap, silk knot, strings, finger sliding cloth, plastic white plectrum, and a specially designed hard case. The inside of the case is lined with soft red fabric. The natural membrane is in great condition with no punctures.

This is not a toy shamisen like you see selling on e-bay for ~200-300$us. This is an authentic Japanese shamisen. There is no comparison in terms of sound quality and build quality.
Similar shamisens easily sell for 800$us and upwards.

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I will sell this for 450$US, plus the cost of shipping (unless you want to come and pick it up). This price is a steal for a shamisen of this quality in like new condition, especially one made in Japan by master luthiers.

I accept and prefer Paypal and Cash (local pickup). I also accept check and money order, but extra time will be needed to wait for the funds to clear. I will ship this out using a priority shipping method. USPS Express Mail within the United States, and EMS for international buyers. Actual shipping charges will apply (from MA, USA). If local pickup is an option, there will be no shipping charges.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me by e-mail or PM me.

Thanks,
~Drew

Edit (12-28-2008):
This was sold on ebay for 551$us.

Thank you for your interest though.
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Any chance of you having a sanshin you might want to sell?
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Any chance of you having a sanshin you might want to sell?
Sorry Supermoo, I don't have any sanshins.
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I shall lower the price to 550$US, plus the cost of shipping.
Drew,

Quite a beautiful instrument, you must be a huge fan of the Yoshida Brothers.


After seeing them in concert, you have me tempted. And that's not a good thing.
(I know...I know..."sorry about my wallet.")

Could you please specify: "natural membrane head."
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Drew,

Quite a beautiful instrument, you must be a huge fan of the Yoshida Brothers.


After seeing them in concert, you have me tempted. And that's not a good thing.
(I know...I know..."sorry about my wallet.")

Could you please specify: "natural membrane head."
Hi Ronin74. I totally LOVE traditional Japanese instrumental music, whether it's the koto, shamisen, Biwa, etc etc. I actually don't think I've heard any of the Yoshida Brother's music yet (is it more modern?). Thanks for the info though, I'll see if my library system has any of their music.

The membrane is the white part that is draped over the top and bottom of the body. It is either cat skin or dog skin. It is what gives this instrument that beautiful resonant twang, classic of the shamisen.

~Drew
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I actually don't think I've heard any of the Yoshida Brother's music yet (is it more modern?).

The membrane is the white part that is draped over the top and bottom of the body. It is either cat skin or dog skin. It is what gives this instrument that beautiful resonant twang, classic of the shamisen.

~Drew

Yoshida Bros: Give them a serious listen and you may change your mind about selling. Shamisen from the Ryukyu Islands are made with snake skin.

BTW how many dog and cat pictures do you have posted on the Photo thread?
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Oh I know how beautiful it can sound, but to be honest I don't plan to learn it anytime soon. It's just too exotic of an instrument for my tastes (If that makes any sense). The ukulele was much less exotic, and so I decided to learn that along with my classical guitar. I love my little 20$ uke.

Yea, I have a lot of pictures of my cat. ^_^
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