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This is an antique shakuhachi from the Kansai region with kyu-han wari hole placement. It has a rare original brass inlay at the blowing edge (utaguchi). Absolutely no alteration or restorations have been made to this antique. Urushi lacquer work was done in the bore by the original maker in the traditional manner with a two-tone effect of red on the inside and black on the bottom of the root. Small surface cracks have been present for a long time and have not moved. There is normal wear to this flute for its age and nothing that would require restoration in my opinion, lest the sound be altered.
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