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Yamashita Kogyosho is 3D sheet metal forming specialists. For faces of Shinkansen bullet trains, our craftsmen curve, by hammering, aluminum sheets and weld them together. The aluminum instrument was made to show our craftsmanship at schools for recruitment.
■MATERIAL / DIMENSION / WEIGHT
tailpiece. The same metal for Shinkansen bullet trains.
●Dimension: Same as the full size ordinary wooden cello
●Weight: Approx. 10 kilograms (Madoka), 6.8 kilograms (Nozomi)
7.2 kilograms (Nozomi-2), 5.5 kilograms (Hibiki)
“THE KING” kept at National Music Museum (South Dakota, USA). “THE KING ” is known as the oldest existing violoncello, handcrafted in mid 16th Century at a workshop of Andrea Amati. More information about “THE KING” can be obtained at
The first aluminum cello, Madoka, was displayed at the MONODZUKURI EXHIITION March 2008 held by METI at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Central Tokyo.
■SOUND OF ALUMINUM CELLO (YouTube)
Londonderry Air Hibiki, 7 Feb 09
J.S.Bach Prelude, Cello Suite No1. BWV1007 Hibiki, 5 Feb 09
J.S.Bach Menuet, Cello Suite No1. BWV1007 Hibiki, 26 Jan 09
J.S.Bach Menuet BWV Anh. 114 Madoka, 14 Jun 08
■Yamashita Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
Yamashita Kogyosho is a Special Prize recipient of the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award for its highly skilled metal sheet processing craftsmanship that contributed greatly for building streamline-shaped “face” of Shinkansen bullet trains.
Since its establishment in 1963 as one of the suppliers to Hitachi Kasado Works, the company has supplied faces of various types of trains including almost all series of Shinkansen, rapid trains and mono-rail cars.
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■Articles about us:-
The Voices of Aluminum, Aluminum World
Sumitomo Light Metal Industries Ltd., Oct 2011
“The Face of the Bullet Train”, The Backbone of Japanese Industry Pages 6 & 7 (Highlighting JAPAN, December 2008, the Government of Japan)
▼International Herald Tribune/Asahi Shimbun
15 March 2008