NATC 2019 Online Auction

Thanks to the generosity of our Auction Sponsors, we raised over $8000 with the first-ever NATC Online Auction. An exciting variety of items were available to bid on Friday, August 9, 2019. Bidding opened at 12:00 PM PDT and closed at 9:00 PM PDT. Results from the auction were announced during the final Intermission of the Taiko Ten Concert.


Auction items will not be available to view on the auction site until live bidding has started,
but a list of those items with photos and descriptions are available below:

GO-Katsugi Taiko

Market Value: $520
Starting Bid: $260

Sponsored by Kaiser Drums

This new GÔ KATSUGI Taiko (Ø34cm/h:44cm) is a small drum that packs a big punch!

Played slung over your shoulder with a strap, it is a kind of Katsugi-Okedo, but the GÔ Katsugi Taiko sounds different, is smaller and lighter, weighing in at just 4.5 kilos, enabling great freedom of movement and fast playing for the player.  The body is made of solid hornbeam wood, with strong cotton rope tensioning the cowhide skins to achieve bright, powerful sound similar to that of a shime-daiko.

Listen to the GÔ Katsugi "SOUNDFILE" - this is the sound of a brand new drum which has been high tensioned and being played for the first time.

The lined, comfortable nylon shoulder strap for the Katsugi-/Okedo-DAIKO is adjustable to any desired length. Both ends are equipped with cords to attach the strap to the Okedo. Worn over the shoulder, the strap facilitates the traditional twosided drumming of the Okedo Daiko.


  • Drumhead Diameter: 34cm
  • Height: 44cm
  • Color: red-brown
  • Weight: ~4kg
  • Material: Hornbeam with Cowhide


Market Value: $1,250
Starting Bid: $625

Sponsored by Kato Taiko

The Hirado-Taiko, compared to the Nagado-Taiko, is lighter and a lot easier to carry. You can use it for professional performance as well as for practicing. The height of the Hirado-Taiko is half of the diameter. This particular Hirado-Taiko is 20"x10".

Kaminari Electric Taiko Bundle

Market Value: $530
Starting Bid: $265

Sponsored by Kaminari Taiko

Bundle includes: (1) Kaminari Taiko Drum, (2) Taiko Bag, (3) Taiko inner bag, (4) Taiko Stand, (5) AC adapter, and (6) Drumsticks.

Electric Taiko

  • Dimensions: 20 in/50.3cm diameter, 4.5 in/11.4 cm tall
  • Weight: 15.43 lbs./7 kg
  • Trigger Zone: head and rim
  • Sound Source Format: 48Khz/24 bit/Stereo
  • Input Connectors: AUX IN/DC IN/USB MIDI/USB Power
  • Output Connectors: 3.5 mm stereo/6.35 mm stereo/USB MIDI
  • 1 year warranty

Taiko Bag

  • Provides convenience for transporting your drum
  • Lightweight and provides protection
  • Made for Kaminari Taiko

Taiko Stand

  • Design for Kaminari Taiko, 9.2lbs./4.13kg

Nagado Daiko and Case

Market Value: $3,000
Starting Bid: $650

Sponsored by Kaiser Drums

We are pleased that we can offer you the Top Quality level among all Taiko drums now - the new KAISER-DRUMS "Premium" Miya-Daiko Ø48/60cm.  This Taiko is made of a hollowed single, solid piece of ash-wood. Carefully selected strong cowhides (high-pitch) are nailed on both sides with high head tension. After a very long drying process (3~5 years) and a special carving-processing the inner-surfaces of the massive, solid Taiko body, it is covered with a fine, glossy finish and equipped with two particularly decorative, ornate (casted) Japanese handles. The red-stained surface shows the natural beauty of the wood grain. The Miya-Daiko Premium is a precious, beautiful Taiko with excellent sound in Top quality.

Specifications (Drum):

  • Drumhead Diameter: 48cm
  • Height: 60cm
  • Color: Red-Brown
  • Weight: ~28kg
  • Material: Made of a hollowed single, solid piece of ash-wood

Specifications (Case):

  • Height: 61cm
  • Width: 69cm
  • Color: Black
  • Material: Nylon
  • Suitable for Drums 48cm in diameter (drumhead), 60cm in height

The Raven Shamisen

Market Value: $1500
Starting Bid: $600

Sponsored by Kyle Abbott, Bachido

At Bachido, we're proud to exclusively offer creative styles of shamisen made by the most respected makers in Japan. With the shamisen crafted by trusted craftsman at Tokyo Wagakki (the oldest shamisen workshop in the Tokyo area), we have confidence that our new shamisen styles will be fully realized at the highest quality possible! The Raven is made with high quality Shitan (rosewood). Shitan shamisen are pretty common, so to add our unique flavor, we’ve asked the makers at Tokyo Wagakki to expertly darken the shitan with urushi (non-allergenic). This brings an incredible new visual element to the shitan. When the background is lighter/whiter, the Raven looks black as midnight. However, carry the Raven to a darker background and suddenly the natural brown color of the rosewood pops out! I (Kyle Abbott) have never seen a shamisen like this. The visual element is just as captivating as the tone! Admiring it’s shining curves, I can proudly say this is a beautiful shamisen. While we’re listing this as a ‘mid-range’ shamisen, the quality is nothing short of top grade.

The dou is standard Size 5 for tsugaru style. Combined with the Shitan sao, I enjoyed wonderful clarity with warm resonance of the sawari. The sao is incredibly smooth with low action, which means it’s very easy to play and yield high sustain with suri (slide), uchi (hammer-on) and such techniques.

See The Raven in action by visiting:

  • Size: Futazao (Large-Size)
  • Sao: Shitan (Rosewood) – 28mm wide x 33mm thick (Chuzao) – Mitsuori (three-piece neck)
  • Itomaki: Color infused Acrylic (with metal core)
  • Skin: Hibiki (Black/White Synthetic)
  • Dou: Karin – Size 5 (Tsugaru)
  • Hardware: Azuma Sawari, Rindo, Zagane, and Kamigoma
  • Accessories (e.g., Doukake, bachi, strings) not included