A shakuhachi is one of the most versatile wind instruments in Japan. The name shakuhachi refers to the size of this Japanese wind instrument: shaku is a unit of length, and hachi means 1/8 of that length. The standard length is about 21 inches, although different sizes exist and are generically referred to as shakuhachi as well. This instrument has a wide range of uses. Professional players can produce virtually any pitch that they wish. The shakuhachi is traditionally made from the root end of a bamboo culm. Each piece of bamboo is unique and must be carefully selected to ensure that the shape of each flute results in correct pitch for all notes. As a result, shakuhachi bamboo flutes cannot be mass-produced, making them rare. Professional shakuhachi players prefer bamboo, citing tonal qualities, aesthetics, and tradition. However, there are also plastic shakuhachi flutes available for beginners. Whatever your preference is, you are sure to find a wide variety in the large inventory on eBay.
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