Shinobue is a kind of Japanese flute. Rippei is one of the foremost makers of Shinobue in Japan. Shinobue Rippei is beautifully handcrafted by Rippei Mizuochi, a shinobue craftsman and has a perfect tune. The artist incorporates modern design with Japanese taste.
It has a reputation for high quality. For example, it is ranked high on the accurate pitch and the sound quality of the high-tone range. Also, the beautiful appearance is one of Rippei's good points. Many shionbue players play shinobue Rippei and so this is what makes this flute very popular.
Artists who play shinobue Rippei
Tatara Toki (Shinobue Player)
Kourei Deguchi (Ryuteki & Shinobue Player)
DRUM TAO (Taiko Group)
Rippei is easy to play with western instruments such as the piano or guitar as it is strictly tuned to the standard key of A=442 Hz. and with the 2 octave adjusted.
The interior of the flute is designed unevenly on purpose to produce a low rich sound. One may think that if the interior is flat, the sound would be better without any wind force. However this is not true. World-famous clarinet soloist Michel Arrignon pulls the tabs of his clarinet while playing. When tuning, one only has to pull out the barrel. This is so, because pulling out the tabs a little make the interior uneven. Rippei intentionally put an uneven interior into the tubes to accordingly fit the bamboo's structure. This produces an effect of a variety of multiple sounds. Therefore, one will realize that there is no conventional flute that can produce a similar sound to it.
The body is coated with paint and the condition of the bamboo cannot be altered easily. The sound remains in good condition because of this coating. Further, the flute with such coating can stand climate changes and has durability.
Shinobue Rippei's chabue is made of high quality bamboo like smoke bamboo. Smoke bamboo (susudake) is originally used as a typical material of shinobue. It is popular among players for the looks and dryness. But now, the number of smoke bamboo is decreased and it is hard to get. Shinobue Rippei makes his shinobue closer to smoke bamboo. In order to make material of this shinobue, shinodake bamboo is set in the severe condition. Some hard bamboo can survive this condition and shinobue Rippei uses this strong bamboo as material of his chabue shinobue. Artificial smoke bamboo tends to have smell of smoked bamboo. But, urushi coating prevents it from such smell.
Shinobue Soft Case (Option)
1 hon choshi (F) 2 hon choshi (G flat) 3 hon choshi (G) 4 hon choshi (A flat) 5 hon choshi (A) 6 hon choshi (B flat) 7 hon choshi (B) 8 hon choshi (C) 9 hon choshi (D flat) 10 hon choshi (D) 11 hon choshi (E flat) 12 hon choshi (E)
Beautiful Sound at an Inexpensive Price
I got the Bb chabue as my first Shinobue. Although experienced in other bamboo flutes, as my first Shinobue I found myself making sounds very quickly.
It is lovely to play and it has a beautiful low rich tone quality, which should be similar to the C flute, as this is partly down to the smoked quality of the bamboo.
I did a lot of research before I bought this flute and very happy that I settled on this one!
It is aesthetically beautiful also, with a striking dark colour.