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.
Please note that it's happen that the design is tweaked by artisan.
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.
Fukiurushi is one of urushi lacquering techniques. To rub transparent urushi lacquer in the surface of shinobue and wipe off (fuku in Japanese) it over and over, the beautiful grain of bamboo becomes more beauriful. It is also called suriurushi because makers rub urushi in the bamboo (urushi wo take ni surikomu in Japanese). Unlike gorgeous nuribue, it looks simple and natural appearance of bamboo shinobue. As to the sounds produced, fukiurushi makes sounds of natural bamboo from inside the tube without making sounds indistinct.
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)