Help identifying a Shamisen

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:
https://www.olx.ph/item/shamisen-japan-ID8crs6.html?h=64b45212aa

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.

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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 !

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Thats the only pictures the seller posted, thank you very much for the help Patrick!!

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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.

Edited Jan 24, 2018 by Chung Wan Choi
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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.

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Thank you for the thoughtful help guys!! It was really enlightening!!!!
Thank you so much!!

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