What is "Shinobue Rippei" loved by professional shinobue players?
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.
High Quality Shinobue With Beautiful Binding
Kaba Maki (Birch Binding)
Kaba is an excellent material for the Japanese flute's binding, which is often used with the expensive Japanese flute such as nohkan and ryuteki. Birch looks beautiful and the color wouldn't come off easily.
Found the workmanship and build of a clean and beautiful standard. The playability was obvious very quickly. I believe it will be a very expressive flute with beautiful and unique sound. I was expecting a flute of larger dimensions but the volume of sound and beautiful tone was a welcome surprise. It will be a great flute to travel with! Best regards , cheers to all ..... It was worth waiting for!