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 Post subject: Bamboo Flute Smells?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:17 pm 
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I received a new bamboo flute from the maker today. It is beautiful.

I went to put it to my mouth and immediately noticed a change in the air aroma. I smelled inside the mouthpiece (and the rest of the flute holes) and there is a distinctive musky smell that (forgive me), I have only experienced when smelling molded wood/plants in a dark damp cellar/basement. Is this scent common for the inside of bamboo flutes?


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 Post subject: Re: Bamboo Flute Smells?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:24 pm 
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FWIW, I got a bamboo Shakuhachi (Jinashi, so no lacquering inside) some time ago from a well known maker, and it doesn't smell funky (or musky). So I can give one data point.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:23 am 
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I have a few bamboos. Never had any smell. I mean the bamboo itself smells good but it has been stabilised.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:46 am 
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I bought a cheap bamboo flute, & it didn't have much of a smell at all, not even a woody one.....

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:42 am 
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Bamboo flutes sometimes smell from having the holes burned in. It diminishes over time.


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