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Hi,

Just wondering if anyone has come across this Japanese maker/brand of chinrest and fittings.

http://asaiseisakujyo.com/itemlist12.html

I stumbled across this maker online while searching for chinrests made from Japanese Mulberry wood. 

They look really beautiful.… 

However, the prices seem to be a tad higher than what I am acustomed to. (Eye wateringly)

I am sure whoever is making them is a master craftsman. So wanted to know if anyone in the maestronet universe has ever come across or own any of these fittings. 

Thanks.

 

 

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Ummmm...........no.  Lovely stuff, but.......truly impressive prices, one could buy entire nihonto for that, with all antique koshirae (fittings), mei (smith's signature), spiffy polish, and NBTHK origami (certification).  Let's say I'm a little surprised. :huh:

Anybody familiar with the carver?  Like with those prices, they might be mukansa in something else, like being the Imperial Family's tansu maker, or something??  I wouldn't expect someone to just appear out of nowhere asking eight or ten grand for a chinrest. 

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20 minutes ago, Violadamore said:

Ummmm...........no.  Lovely stuff, but.......truly impressive prices, one could buy entire nihonto for that, with all antique koshirae (fittings), mei (smith's signature), spiffy polish, and NBTHK origami (certification).  Let's say I'm a little surprised. :huh:

Anybody familiar with the carver?  Like with those prices, they might be mukansa in something else, like being the Imperial Family's tansu maker, or something??  I wouldn't expect someone to just appear out of nowhere asking eight or ten grand for a chinrest. 

Yes, I was thinking along similar lines. If he has access to particular woods from the Izu Islands then he could well belong to an elite class of master makers.  I understand the Mikurajima mulberry wood is possibly one of the most prized if not expensive woods in Japan.

Still, at those prices it had better make me sound like Kogan or Oistrakh and grant me three wishes.

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29 minutes ago, Dwight Brown said:

Was it really 1,000,000 yen? for a set?  Thats $9,183.00 US I hope I read it wrong.

 

DLB

That's what it says, and the万円 used on some prices means "ten thousand yen", so multiply them by a hundred bucks, as in "80 万円" is going to mean nearly $8000.  :unsure:

$3K for vintage bridges hits me as odd, too.

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Rent is expensive in Tokyo, thus Indian Ebony pegs are .90 each, and presumably the seller is making some profit, and Japanese pegs are hundreds of dollars/tens of thousands of yen, each.

Fine fittings are a thing there. I have send instruments to Japan with nice Arcos fittings only to have them replaced with "better" fittings.

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Haha yes baffling indeed, that said regardless of this makers high prices for average Joes like me,  I have to admire and respect the woodwork.

I found his instagram account and the cups, tea bowls and chinrests are truly impressive. Judging by the number of chinrests this chap is making I can only assume he has orders coming in. 

https://instagram.com/kohakumatu

 

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One aspect of the mulberry wood chinrest is that the wood is very hard to get and, since mulberry (kuwa) is more of a shrub than a tree, it would be still more difficult to get a piece thick enough to make a chinrest.  Japanese prices can be very high for other things.  Check out the cost of a canteloupe melon, for example. https://www.rd.com/food/fun/expensive-japanese-fruit/

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