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
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
Also, check out other shakuhachi for lower priced flutes.
The Mujitsu Shakuhachi Flutes below can be auditioned under the
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
(Please include $25 shipping/insurance with orders unless stated
Please contact me for details or to reserve a flute.
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.
$275 - Natural Bore
$375 - Urushi bore and urushi stained roots.
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. All are sealed with polished urushi. Red urushi bores. This
group represents the best examples of this unique style.
very responsive shakuhachi. Wide bore. Good combination of sweet, rich
tone and complex, open tone. The best of the lot. $1,000
easy playability. Velvety tone. $600
subtle twists in the bamboo. Slightly thicker bamboo than the 1.7
above. Comfortable player. Warm, rich tone. $600
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.
Taimu (F) A
very large, booming Taimu made from Japanese madake bamboo. Classic,
foghorn tone. Offset holes (right hand bottom). Oval bamboo shape with
flattened face. This is a very long flute with a long reach. Best for
someone with experience with long, wide shakuhachi or at least for
someone with an enthusiastic approach. $2,000
Taimu 2.8 (G at a=336) 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,
Mujistu 1.9 C# Nice
mottled, dark coloring. Velvety, smooth tone. The bore is
sealed with a black, water based, polyurethane coating. It is non-toxic
and very durable. Ideal for those allergic to urushi.
Mujitsu 2.0 C Another
shakuhachi sealed with black, durable Polyurethane coating. Warm round
tone. Smooth second register. Slightly flattened face. Comfortable
1.8 (D) SOLD A
very nice rule breaker Chinese Madake piece. Occasionally a Chinese
piece will turn up that rivals the best Japanese Madake shakuhachi.
This is one of them. Red lacquer bore. Black and dark brown 'aged' and
polished lacquer exterior. Very sweet player. Seven node spacing. Hole
three is close to a node but not on it. There is a fused, invisible
joint near the root. Price is reduced because of these 'aesthetic'
considerations. The flute is none-the-less an elegant piece. Well tuned
to D. Elegant, smooth player.
Taimu 2.3 (G#) The
best of the new batch of recently received Japanese Madake
Taimu bamboo. Solid, dense, elegant piece. Upturned root.
node spacing. Rich tone with full foghorn glow. Inline holes.
1.8 (D) The
first of a series of 1.8's to come out of the shop in awhile. 35 year
Japanese madake jinashi. Smooth power. Easy player. Sweet second
1.9 (C#) Here
is a 1.9 which somehow defies the odds. It’s made from
root bamboo, but has made it to my high end shakuhachi page.
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
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.
1.8 (C#) Slightly
than convention so tuned down to C#. Slightly windy tone. 35 year old
Japanese madake bamboo. Upturned root.
2.27 (A) Wide
breathy, glowing tone. Solid piece. Holes are slightly
angled. Can be played with fingertips or pads of index fingers. $1,500
2.34 (G#) Rich,
breathy, glowing tone. Angled slightly offset holes. Can be
played with fingertips or pads of index fingers. $1,750
2.5 (G#) Two
piece Taimu shakuhachi. Lightweight. Fast, breathy attack. Can be
played with speed. Dark brown, black urushi bore and exterior. $1,500
2.9 (F) SOLD Dense,
solid piece. Slightly oval with flattened face. Glowing, rich depth of
(In for repair - Please contact me)
This flute has been completely repaired with bamboo stitches and is
solid and sturdy. Sealed
with rubbed urushi.
NEW PRICE $1,500
2.45 (G#) Wide
bore Jimori Taimu. Angled holes. Best played with pipers grip. Rich,
glowing, foghorn tone with powerful vibration. $2,000
2.75 (G/F#) SOLD Slightly
thinner than extra wide bore Taimu so slighly more focused tone.
Ephemeral, rich tone. Quick attack. Offset
holes. Slightly flattened face. Solid piece. $2,000
2.8 (F#) SOLD Solid,
dense, heavy, wide bore, Jimori Taimu. Offset holes. Glowing, powerful
raspy tone. A big club. Red urushi bore. Brown, rubbed urushi exterior. $2,000
1.6 (D#) Elegant,
rustic 30+ year old Japanese Madake bamboo. Smooth, sweet, warm jinashi
Taimu 2.9 (F++) This Taimu has a
breathy, rich and resonant tone.
The holes are
offset for easier playing with the pads of the index fingers. Elegant
Mujitsu 1.45 (F)
slightly wider bored than conventional shakuhachi
which gives it an open, breathy, yet sweet tone. Nicely shaped
bamboo. Slightly flatenned face. Attractive rootend.
plays with an airy, wispy and rich tone. The second
register is especially easy to play. Very nice balance between the
notes. Rubbed withdark
red urushi finish outside with black
preventative binding. Inline holes.
1.9 and 2.1 These
two shakuhachi were made together. Short
like this can be challenging to pull off. I'm happy with the results of
these two flutes.
(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
(Longer flute) Similar flute tonewise. Breathy,
rustic voice. Best played with pads of the fingers. Nice second
register. Tuned between
Bb and B. $1,750
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
easy player. The holes are offset making it comfortable to hold and
Solid bamboo. Nice root. (k)
SOLD #2 (Middle)
Dense, nicely round bamboo. Widest bore of the three. The
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
making a flute.
#3 (Far right)
Slightly thinner bored than #2. The tone is rich, ariy and
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
This is a sweet toned flute tuned to E = 434. Made from a nice 30 year
old piece of Japanese Madake. Solid, dense bamboo.
(B) SOLD This
flute has a strong, full, natural tone. Although it has a relatively
thin bore for a jinashi flute, it has a
strong, direct, breathy
quality. It is a lightweight flute that is very easy to hold and play
for long periods. $1,500 Listen
to this shakuahchi