See also Caring for your shakuhachi.
Beginner shakuhachi ∞
These may have the more expensive traditional flutes, but they also have flutes explicitly for beginners (and beginner budgets).
Mujitsu/Taimu Shakuhachi (Ken LaCosse)
- Has both plastic beginner flutes and good quality yet inexpensive wood flutes.
- Ryuzen Shakuhachi
[http://www.shakuhachiyuu.com/shakyuu.htm |The Shakuhachi Yuu]]
- sizzorfite_studio eBay store
- Has various flutes.
Traditional shakuhachi ∞
These links do not carry inexpensive alternative flutes. They either make them or have used stock, including antiques.
Bei Shu Shakuhachi Workshop (Tom W. Deaver)
- Chikuzen Studios
- Justin Shakuhachi
- Yung Flutes
- For people in Europe, this is a German store.
Many of the shops listed above have accessories for sale.
- An airtight storage container. Many owners use a specialized bag with a hidden plastic layer. A plastic bag will do as long as it can be made airtight.
A cap to protect the blowing edge.
- Leather caps are fairly common.
- A particularly sturdy storage container will protect the edge quite well.
- I've seen one example of a cap made from the original bamboo the flute was made from!
Tsuyutoshi - A cleaning cloth to remove the humidity your breath leaves on the inner bore while playing.
- A simple fishing weight tied to a handkerchief will do.
A carrying case.
- Even a firm cardboard tube would work. They can be purchased from shipping supply stores. Just be certain the blowing edge is well protected!
- Looks pretty good!