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I got my first shakuhachi just a few weeks ago, and after a few days of trying it out I decided to put it back on the shelve and wrap it in film since I don’t have the proper accessories to clean it yet (they are coming soon, though). I was wondering then how I may keep the bamboo nice and healthy for when I start playing it for real? What type of oil is the best to use and where do I get it from? The man in this video (whom I believe I’ve also seen on this board) is apparently using turbine oil, but he also states in the video that he had previously used olive oil and that it works just as well. A commentator states that camellia oil is the best to use, etc. etc.

So now I am asking all you professionals: What is the right oil to use when oiling the (bamboo) shakuhachi and where is the best place to get it from? I currently recide in Copenhagen, Denmark so if there are any fellow Danes here on this board who know something I don’t, then I would appreciate it very much if you could help me out as well

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Hi, we recommend Tung oil. it dry to a hard shiny or semi shiny finish and dry fast. You can get a bottle from ebay rather cheaply.

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