Anybody cop? On a whim, I snagged a reservation for a Snow Gold Musou (at what must have been just about the last minute). Being in Japan, I got it on the 12th. Way rad. Really impressed.
Anybody else? I’d love to hear impressions.
The box looks fantastic and comes sealed with a big label on the bottom. I hesitated to open it for a few minutes because it looked so perfect, ha. In the box is the Musou, an extra tip, an extra string and an instruction manual. I was on the fence about the plastic tip, but now that I’ve experienced it, I can totally appreciate it. Great idea. The tip has gotten chewed up more than anything though, in my experience. I guess it’s nice that it’s replaceable. I’ve used a walnut/rubberwood Krom Deluxe for the last few months, almost exclusively, so it has taken me a little while to get used to the Musou. The sound that this thing makes is incredible. I guess because of the hole in the base cup. After a day of play, some paint started to chip off around the hole in the tama. No sweat though. The tama is rather heavy. I’m interested to know what kind of wood it’s made of. Speaking of the paint, it’s beautiful in person and is quite tacky. As I said, I’ve used a Krom Deluxe for a good while now (paint is quite slick), so my light house success rate has gone way up.
Overall, I’m satisfied. I’m still a little shocked that I dropped ¥8,000 on a kendama, but it’s kind of a nice feeling, somehow…