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Shinobue Rippei Chabue Soumaki

Rippei 7 hon choshi (tuned in B)

Shinobue Rippei

Shinobue Rippei Nuribue Makie

What is "Shinobue Rippei" loved by professional shinobue players? 

Shinobue Craftsman Mr. Rippei

Rippei is one of the foremost shinobue craftsmen in Japan and his shinobue has both of beauty looks like craft and accurate tuning. There are various designs with traditional Japanese pattern and modern design. Various professional shinobue players play his shinobue. 

Feature of Shinobue (Tuning, Playing Feeling, and Painting)

It 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. 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. For nuribue (painted shinobue) crafted by Rippei, 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.

Smoke Bamboo Taste Beautiful Shinobue


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.

  • Smoke Bamboo (Susudake) Taste Shinobue
  • Contents: Shinobue + Soft Case (Option)
  • Order Processing Time: About 30-120 Business Days


  • Soumaki


  • 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)

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