Hello, I'm following the community for a while but I still don't have my instrument, I was about to go to japan to try buying one, but I found this:
And since I'm working in Manila at the moment, do you guys think its a good idea? What shamisen is this one? Does it seem worth it?
Thank you so much.
Hi Gustavo. Impossible to be sure without the measurements, but it looks like a nagauta shamisen. White koma looks nagauta too… Have you any other picture ? Good luck !
Looks like nagauta, according to the sao. The bridge also looks like it. The dou looks like it's in good shape. But it would be helpful to request a picture of the whole instrument to determine the condition.
As the others have said, Gustavo: that is most likely (but not conclusively) a nagauta.
As Patrick and chung said, the white koma and neck look like what we'd expect in nagauta, but they're not a perfect indicators
It may also be: hauta, jiuta, yanagawa, or kouta shamisen, depending on the specifics of the dimensions.
Take a look at the skin.
Three things stand out to me: the relatively shallow skinning, the sheen of a bachigawa, and the two dots near the middle of the skin.
The distance a skin goes down the dou can tell us a little about the shamisen. We know it's not a futozao derivative, and we know that the last kawahari was done with aesthetics in mind - or that it's a fake skin, pre cut and shaped.
The sheen near the neck is a bachigawa. This would tend to rule out kouta shamisen.
You can see two dots faintly, near the middle of the shamisen. This is usually indicative of a cat skin - what you'd be seeing are the nipple holes. However, some dog and plastic skins are marked in a similar way.
I'd also be concerned about any possible neck damage and what the underside looks like, personally.