So this past week I was fortunate to become the new owner of a beautiful and powerful Ichijo flute from David Yudo Sawyer. I have been playing an Advanced Student Shakuhachi from Monty Levenson for about a year and a half. I’ve also enjoyed the ease of care Shakuhachi Yuu and a wonderfully meditative 2.4 Perry Yung jinashi flute. However, playing this Ichijo has completely blown my mind. I worried that it was too much for me, but, the best I can explain it is like driving a high performance sports car. Granted in many cases people need to decide if they really need such a ‘car’, but pretty much everyone would enjoy driving one. Having it now, I know I was ready and thankful that such a beautiful instrument found it’s way to me.