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2016年4月28日 (木)

Visiting a Japanese Tuner's Studio

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The left side one is made in 2014, the right one is made in 2015.

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I was visiting a Japanese tuner Akihiro Ikuta's studio recently. He moved and started tuning work a couple of years ago in the mountainside which takes 2hours by car from Kobe.

His studio is in The Oya Art Village that is a remodeled old school building. Some artists are doing creative activity in this building.

His studio used to be used as a "badminton" club. But now it is his place. And he has a showroom upstairs. We can see and try to play almost all kinds of steelpans he made.

He showed me two tenor pans. One was made in 2014, and one was made in 2015. There is a total difference in these pans. 2014's one doesn't have a smooth surface, and that sounds not so cute. I can say it is just a developing piece. But 2015's one is an improved one. This one has a smooth surface, and I can say this one certainly has "steelpan sound". I felt a "short history" of him but that is a giant step for him.

There is a steelband in this village. He is working with this band as a tuner. This band is so lucky because Japanese tuners are a small number yet. I wish he could make the masterpiece someday. I want to support him.

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Inside of the studio his work is very active now.

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There is a steelband in same village, Japanese villagers are enjoying pan play.

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There is still hanging the "Badminton Club" name board.


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