Feedback I have received on my jinashi shakuhachi
“I have recently had the opportunity to get to know Jon Kypros who is a truly kind, honest and generous person. He is a wonderful shakuhachi teacher, a fantastic player and gifted craftsman. I look forward to deepening my friendship and collaborating with him over the years. We have a lot to learn from each other.” ~ Jem Klein
“Ro-ing my boat gently down the stream… then up, down, across and through the white water rapids, over the three tiered water fall’s final 300ft drop kaboom!splashhhhhh. silence….. Screams “again, now!” 3.1 mile hike back to the top.” Johnnie Bess
“I got this shakuhachi from Jon [pictured above] and it is a very good instrument. Very lightweight nice American grown goma [madake] bamboo. Nicely tuned. Almost too nicely tuned! I haven’t been able to find a D-C# 1.8 jinashi in quite a while. Glad I found this! Jon does a very good job.” – Chris Moran (X Moran) of Shakuhachi Beat (facebook.com/shaku8)
“Thanks Jon! You are a true master of the craft. After hearing Cornelius Boots on that 1.8 you made him, I knew you were the man for the job. Upon unpacking it, my initial impression of it is that it’s perfect. It certainly exceeds my every expectation regarding what I wanted. I’ve already gotten all the notes to speak clearly and easily. This one speaks very easily and confidently across the board. The bindings look great too. The color was exactly what I think it needed given the exceptional nature of the bamboo. It’s certainly one I could see Watazumi hauling around.
Happy customer playing one of my 1.8 at the Pacacho Peaks, Southwestern Arizona. Here’s what she had to say. “It is absolutely wonderful! I played Kojo No Tsuki, Rokudan and Choshi bouncing along in our van through the desert. I could play all the notes easily. Even Tsu Meri in Kan!!!! I’m beyond delighted with the volume and the lovely mellow tones. Even my husband liked it and the Chihuahua didn’t howl. I feel like this flute grew out of me and it feels peaceful and good.
Your 2.7 “G3” Suizen Shakuhachi arrived safely this morning. It is beautiful and I am happy just sitting and looking at it. I did invite some sound and it has the deeper sound I was hoping for. I have attached a photo taken as he rests (temporarily) in the meditation room window.
[2.9 root end goma hocchiku commission March 2014] “I came back from workshop where I’ve been playing the 2.9 for 3 hours. Wowwwww!!!!!!!!!! So warm and so nicely tuned. It matches perfectly in tuning with Yokoyama Katsuya’s 2.85 that he used in many recordings. My breath lasts so long with this shakuhachi. Today I found out what a jewel you made my friend. Thank you for everything!!! I don’t know what to say. I’m really honored to have it and grateful. This is exactly what I had in mind!
My best regards and wish you health and to be strong !!!”
[received on 12-22-12 for a suizen entry level pole shakuhachi] “Jon, I got the 1.8 yesterday [12-21-12]!!! What a beautiful flute! Thank you so much! I have been looking for a shakuhachi like this for a long time..so simple, yet so beautiful! A perfect wabi-sabi instrument. Right in time for the holidays and the end of the world :)”
thank you again!
“I wanted to let you know that the 3.0 arrived safely on Friday. On Saturday, my teacher, Patrick Johnson, had a gathering of some of his students to prepare for a visit by his teacher, Kaoru Kakizakai in October. I brought your 3.0 to show around and everybody had a chance to see and play it. The consensus was of surprise that the fingering was achievable for such a long flute, and that the sound was really nice. So, well done. I’m singing (and playing) your praises.”
“Hey I got it!!!! Great work. Great colors and feeling and great ergonomic hole placement [3.1 lefty]. I love it already. Thank you Jon.”
“I have to say that the chin rest on your 2.2 is really comfortable. I like that it feels like there’s more “room” at the mouthpiece. I absolutely love the deep and resonantly airy sound. It really responds well to meri/kari positioning.”
“I really look forward to receiving your flute. Erin, who writes the KomusoLady blog, recommended both you and your work highly. I am a beginning shakuhachi student (since February), and have loved every step of the learning process. It only gets deeper. I admire that you are both a player and a maker. I’d love to know at what point you decided to make shakuhachi professionally. I’m a taiko drummer and make my own drums, but only for my own use, but I understand the unique connection that a maker can have with his instruments. I wanted to say that I really appreciate that you post a video of each instrument that you sell. Since I haven’t had the benefit of actually playing anything other than my 1.8, it was really nice to see and hear instruments of different sizes. Thanks for that! From a buyer’s perspective, it might also be nice to hear or read your thoughts on the unique character and playing experience of each instrument. I’ll let you know when your shakuhachi arrives. I’ll also look forward to being part of the community of people who support your work.”
“Jon’s skill ranks him high amongst the best shakuhachi makers outside of Japan.”
“I am impressed with the quality and playability of the 2.1 in B, that Jon hand crafted. It’s a wonderful non-root end shakuhachi. It’s met and surpassed any expectation I could have had. I’ve admired many of Jon’s creations from afar and am fascinated by some of his innovations. I applaud his bold efforts to make the spacing of the finger holes (playing larger/longer flutes) more accessible for folks with smaller hands or physical challenges. In fact, I just won his 2.7 root-end jinashi and I am so psyched to play it I am on cloud 9!!!”
“I love my flute! Jon’s a great seller/communicator making for an easy transaction every step of the way. He’s also very helpful and happy to answer various “random” questions as they arise.”
“Jon is a fantastic seller, willing and able to answer any question very quickly. My flute is great and I am reassured that if I have any enquiries about playing, Jon will be there. Legend!”
“Today I received my shakuhachi, all safe and very beautiful. Thank you very much. It’s just great, and the best part is I can make beautiful tones, and without any difficulties. Thanks again. Great job. I shall now go and play some.”