Here is a brief list of the flutes Peter has for sale.
There are pictures and more detailed descriptions below.
In addition to these prices, Peter would also be open to trading for a high quality silver flute.
1.8 by Miura Ryuho: Peter's students will recognize this as his "main flute" for many years.
Spot on concert pitch. 7-hole. (Peter can easily convert it back to a 5 hole.)
There's no root end, but it's a gorgeous piece of bamboo.
Peter paid $6,000 for this flute.
1.6: Used to belong to Masayuki Koga. He adjusted the pitch and lacquered
the outside with urushi. Has good volume and a very sweet tone. The pitch
is for professionals, so may be flat for some players. Can be sharpened by
Monty Levenson. At least 40 yrs. old. Note that there is a repaired crack by
the thumb hole (see picture) which hasn't changed in 35 years.
Repaired thumb hole crack is stable:
1.9 by Kaneyasu Dodo: (Kaneyasu is a student of Shigemi Inoue, and the founder
of the kinkoryu Koun-kai school in the early 20's.)
Very old, good, Kinko flute. Note the narrow gauge bindings on the middle joint.
Has ancient shakuhachi tone.
This excellent 2.4 has been the personal performance flute of professional
shakuhachi maker and player Peter Ross for many years. The flute is in
perfect condition with no cracks. As you can see in the photos, the first
hole has been moved to accomodate a more relaxed finger position. In addition,
an extra finger hole was filled in between the third and fourth holes. Peter
likes to play jazz on his flutes so he likes the extra notes.
This has no effect on the instrument.
From Peter Ross:
"After searching for many years, I chose this 2.4 as my main Dokyoku
performance shakuhachi. The rich tone color and responsiveness allowed
me to fully express myself. A flute like this can easily become a part
of you. It is light in weight, so can be played for hours. John Neptune
is known for his jinashi flutes. They have a very full tone, expressive
voice and more volume than most flutes of this type."
Miura Ryuho 1.6 - Personal Performance
Shakuhachi of Michael Chikuzen Gould
Made from 350 Year Old Smoked Bamboo. Two
This is an extremely rare, valuable and beautiful
shakuhachi made from 350 year old smoked
bamboo (susudake). Michael Chikuzen Gould
owned and performed with this flute for 10
years before Peter acquired it. There are no cracks at all on this shakuhachi
and it is in perfect tune. The utaguchi is ivory with
gold inlay. This shakuhachi displays two signatures
from the maker.
Michael Chikuzen Gould's personal comments on this shakuhachi:
"I have owned this Miura Ryuho 1.6 shakuhachi
since 1995; it is roughly 10 years old. However, the
smoked bamboo (susudake) which this flute is
made from, is well over 300 years old. It was taken
from old farmhouse in the mountains of Japan.
In these old farmhouses, bamboo poles were
located at the top of the house and had rope
attached to them. This rope held cooking utensils
which hung over the hearth in the middle of the
house. In this way the bamboo was smoked
naturally over years of time.
The blowing edge of this bamboo is completely
brown, all the way through, because it is literally
smoked to the core. And since it is a very old piece
of bamboo, there is no smell. Brand new smoked
shakuhachi have a smell and they are not smoked
to the core.
Miura Ryuho attached a root end to this piece of
bamboo and it is beautifully laquered. There are
three bindings of high grade rattan on this
shakuhachi. However, there are no cracks
whatsover. The tuning is on this flute is perfect.
The utaguchi is ivory with pure gold inlay
Once again, this is a very rare piece of bamboo and
an extremely valuable shakuhachi. Flutes like this
can sell in Japan for $18,000 or higher. This
shakuhachi displays two signatures from Miura
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