The shakuhachi is a Japanese and ancient Chinese longitudinal, end blown flute, traditionally made of bamboo.
The instrument is tuned to the minor pentatonic scale.
Ueli Fuyûru Derendinger plays a piece on a traditional and a 3D-printed Shakuhachi.
Shakuhachi in 440 Hz.
The shakuhachi was originally introduced from China into Japan in the 7th century and reached its peak in the Edo period. The shakuhachi introduced into Japan changed its form and scale many times after that and the present standard form was completed in the 17h century.
The 3D-printed Shakuhachi splits into two pieces
For practicality, some traditional shakuhachis, as well as our 3D-printed version, splits into two parts. Through smart use of the 3D-printing possibilities, our instruments are notoriously lighter than traditional ones (ca. 270 gr. vs ca. 400 gr.) which makes them more comfortable to play.
The embouchure part of the instrument is printed in a different material than the rest of the body in order to reach the tremendous precision and smoothness required for the sharp labium, as well as being a bio-compatible and safe material to hold on your lips. The interior of the instrument is varnished with a special material in order to provide the smoothness of fine traditional shakuhachis. A lot of research and experimentation has been invested in the research, testing and development of this instrument, particularly in order to find the correct materials and production processes.
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