Step 1 in buying a shakuhachi is "contact a teacher". Part of the reason for this is not only are there different types of shakuhachi, but due to being constructed of bamboo, each individual shakuhachi is unique and consideration needs to be placed into details such as what style of music it will be used for as well as the goals of each individual student.

Keep in mind that there are an abundance of shakuhachi available that, despite any merits they have, will NOT be suitable for lessons.

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