While in Hawaii, we visited Takeo Kudo, who was friends with my father Carl Abbott in Japan. They studied shakuhachi together with Yamaguchi Goro, and Takeo also documented his shakuhachi making endeavors (which resulted in the shakuhachi making tome, Blowing Zen - http://www.amazon.com/Blowing-Zen-Expanded-Shakuhachi-Meditation/dp/1475200587/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384104879&sr=1-2&keywords=blowing+zen )
After taking us out boogie boarding in Waikiki, we went back to Takeo's place, where he showed us Yamaguchi Goro's personal shakuhachi (which he sold to Takeo at the time). How does it sound in the hands of a complete beginner (myself)? Watch to find out!