Upgraded to a
Tai Hei Shakuhachi
The instruments on this page are not merely vintage shakuhachi being recycled and sold in an "as is" condition. There are many other venues and web sites where one can purchase an unvetted, albeit expensive, shakuhachi based on appearance and/or name recognition only. This is not one of them.
The hanko on the left reads "Retuned by Ku Setsu". It assures that each flute listed below has been closely evaluated, then totally restored and upgraded to the highest possible acoustical and performance quality.
Any cracks in the bamboo that have been repaired with a full complement of bindings applied to protect the bamboo qualifies the instrument for Tai Hei Shakuhachi's Lifetime Guarantee.
|Cat. #||Size||Key||Description||Price||Current Status||Photo|
|AV-15-1||1.5'||F||Tozan-ryu. Maker: Masuda Shuho. Two-piece shakuhachi. Utaguchi with 14K gold border. Hairline crack in top section repaired.||$2250||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-16-2||1.6'||E|| Tozan-ryu. Maker: Seikado / Kitahara Kozan I. Cracks in bamboo repaired with inliad rattan binding.
Before & After Photos of the Restoration
as well as information on Seikado / Kitahara Kozan I
|$1550||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-16-1||1.6'||E||Tozan-ryu. Maker: Rokuzan (Deer Mountain). Previously owned by a licensed master (shihan) of the Tozan-ryu. Excellent condition. No cracks in the bamboo other than one at the root that has been repaired with inlaid rattan binding.||$5000||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-18-9||1.8'||D||Kinko-ryu. Kono Gyokusui, Sr. Complete restored and upgraded. Cracks repaired and stabilized with inlaid rattan binding. Sterling silver and inlaid rattan nakasuké rings.||
|SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-18-8||1.8'||D|| Tozan-ryu. Very rare shakuhachi inscribed with the hanko of Miyagawa Nyozan, 35th generation Meian-ry komuso from the Itcho-ken temple. Nyozan is best known as the composer of the revered honkyoku, Ajikan 阿字観. This composition, one of the most famous in the entire shakuhachi repertory, is played by nearly everyone who performs traditional honkyoku."Complete restored and upgraded. Excellent condition other than a small hairline crack below 4th finger hole repaired with inliad rattan binding.
Before & After Photos of the Restoration
as well as information on Miyagawa Nyozan
|AV-18-7||1.8'||D||Tozan-ryu. Kono Gyokusui, Sr. Complete restored and upgraded. Sterling silver nakasuké rings. 14K gold utaguchi Cracks in bamboor epaired with inlaid rattan binding.||$2250||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-18-6||1.8'||D||Kinko-ryu. Maker unknown. Complete restored and performance upgraded. Small hairline crack in top section repaired with inlaid rattan binding.||
|SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-18-5||1.8'||D||Tozan-ryu. Converted to 7-holes. Maker: Ikkaku. Excellent condition. No cracks.||$2500||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-18-4||1.8'||D||Kinko-ryu. Maker: Shugetsu. Hairline crack repaired with inlaid rattan binding.||$1850||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-18-3||1.8'||D||Kinko-ryu. Maker unknown. Rattan nakasuké rings. Kezurine style root. Unique bamboo pattern. Two small hairline cracks; one originally repaired with dovetail.||$2250||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-18-2||1.8'||D||Tozan-ryu. Maker: Toh Sui. Sterling silver nakasuké rings. 14K gold utaguchi. One crack repaired with inlaid rattan binding.||$2250||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-18-1||1.8'||D||Tozan-ryu. Converted to 7-holes. Excellent condition. No cracks.||$2500||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-19-3||1.9'||C#||Kinko-ryu. Made from Kyoto madaké bamboo. Prehistoric mastodon ivory utaguchi inlay. Excellent condition. No cracks.||$2500||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-19-2||1.9'||C#||Kinko-ryu. Made from Kyoto madaké bamboo. Two-piece, Large-Hole Neptune-style shakuhachi. Ivory utaguchi bordered with gold. No hanko, but may have been made by Masuda Shuho. Excellent condition. No cracks.||$2500||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-19-1||1.9'||C#||Kinko-ryu. Made from Kyoto madaké bamboo. Excellent condition. No cracks.||$3000||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
Kinko-ryu. Very rare shakuhachi inscribed with the hanko of Aoki Reibo I.
Aoki Reibo I (初世 青木 鈴慕) was born July 15, 1890 in Yokohama, Kanagawa ken. He was introduced to shakuhachi by his father and elder brother. At the age of 18, he began studying with the renown teacher Kawase Junsuke I from whom he received a shihan two years later. He also studied with the great Nezasa-ha player, Nagano Kyokuei. In 1909, Aoki Reibo I founded Reibokai. In 1921, established his own school, Tokyo Chikuyusha, and later directed of both Nihon Sankyoku Kyokai and Shakuhachi Kyokai. He passed away on July 2, 1955.
Aoki Reibo II (青木鈴慕), born 1935, succeeded his father as head of Reibokai. In 1999, he was awarded Japan's highest cultural designation, Living National Treasure (人間国宝 Ningen Kokuō).
Completely restored and upgraded. Excellent condition other than hairline cracks above and alongside the 4th finger hole repaired many years ago. These cracks were recently stablized and reinforced with inliad rattan binding. The nakasuké joint and its decorative rings were fully restored to their origin condition.
|$4000||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-20-3||2.0'||C|| Kinko-ryu. A rare Jin Nyodo Ni Shaku. Completely restored. Cracks repaired with inlaid rattan binding.
Before & After photos of the Restoration
as well as information about Jin Nyodo
|$2500||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-20-2||2.0'||C||Kinko-ryu. Maker: Chudo. Gold Utaguchi. Three maker's stamps. Small hairline crack near top repaired with inlaid rattan binding.||$2500||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-20-1||2.0'||C||Kinko-ryu. Maker: Kyodo. Excellent condition. No cracks.||$1600||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
Kinko-ryu. A very rare Jin Nyodo Ni Shaku I Sun. Completely restored. One crack in upper section repaired with inlaid rattan binding.
|$5000||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
|AV-22-1||2.2'||B||Tozan-ryu. Maker: Chikuho. This shakuhachi has been lengthened in addition to having holes #3 and #4 moved to improve its tuning. Excellent condition. No cracks.||$900||SOLD||Show Me Photo|
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Please note, the photo gallery of shakuhachi flutes listed on this page have already been sold. They are no longer available for sale.
Links to instruments Currently Available for Sale are listed below.
Currently Available for Sale
Tai Hei Shakuhachi Flutes • Monty H. Levenson • P.O. Box 294, Willits, CA 95490 • (707) 459-3402 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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