Shakuhachi work continues. I've posted a bit about it on the hellsite at, and with luck the store will open before too long.

"Police are delinquents who turned bad." (« Les policiers sont des délinquants qui ont mal tourné. ») From Valentin Gendrot's book on his 2+ year infiltration of the Paris police.

Here's a demo of the folded bore shakuhachi. This is just a quick recording from my phone, so audio quality per se is nothing special, and I'm still getting used to playing them, so neither is the performance--but I hope it gives you some idea of what the instruments sound like now.

Here's the twisted-bore 1.8 that just came off the printer this morning. (Ergnomics are not yet great, but still better than previous folded-bore versions.)

Folded bore shakuhachi detritus: this is *fewer* versions than it took for me to get to the point where I have one that I'm actually pretty pleased with. (That's the one in my pocket.)

@ratwerks Sweet! I will share the model but it's not *quite* ready. I want to improve the durability and the aesthetics, and verify that the tuning is spot on. After that, absolutely!

After some more programming and debugging and printing, I now have version 2 of the folded-bore shakuhachi. To my surprise, this one is already a useful musical instrument with a clear, easy tone. It's a strong indication that this is a useful path and I'm so happy about it! Guitar pick for scale... this is small.

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@aneel I'm still getting the hang of playing it and will probably have to make at least one more revision before it can be a real useful musical instrument. For example, the blowing end needs to be brought up so that my mouth can sit at the proper angle.

I present to you the world's first folded bore shakuhachi.

@shonalika something that reliably works for me is to decide, as i am going to sleep, that when i wake up in the morning i will immediately get up.

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