Nagado Taiko

Nagado

Nagado-Taiko is one of the most common taikos. In Japan, they build it by carving out one large piece of wood. This takes a long time to make, and also makes them very expensive. In America, we build Nagado taikos from wine barrels instead of a single piece of wood. By using wine barrels to make taikos, the prices can be kept low for easier purchase. I put my heart and soul into this process to make strong and beautiful taikos with great sound.

Price List (As of 9/1/2014)
SIZE (Skin Dia x Appr Hgt) KAN (without) KAN (with 2)
12x15 (Sumo Daiko) $700.00 $800.00
14x18 $850.00 $950.00
16x20 $1,100.00 $1,200.00
18x22 $1,300.00 $1,425.00
20x24 $1,450.00 $1,575.00
22x25 N/A $1,900.00
24x26 N/A $2,050.00
30x36 N/A $5,950.00
• Accept special order as well
• Shipping and handling service are not included
• Ask for quotation
• For California residents, a 9.00% sales tax will be added to the prices listed above
• WARRANTY: The body is lifetime warranted unless the damage is intentional or due to accident
Hirado Taiko

Hirado

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. Other sizes are only available through special order. Statement will be given after the request.

Price List (As of 9/1/2014)
SIZE (Skin Dia x Appr Hgt) KAN (without) KAN (with 3)
20x10 $825.00 $1,000.00
22x11 $1,000.00 $1,200.00
26x13 N/A $1,800.00
30x15 N/A $3,000.00
34x17 N/A $3,950.00
• Accept special order as well
• Shipping and handling service are not included
• Ask for quotation
• For California residents, a 9.00% sales tax will be added to the prices listed above
• WARRANTY: The body is lifetime warranted unless the damage is intentional or due to accident
Okedo Taiko

Okedo

Due to it's portability and light weight, the Okedo-Taiko is very popular among Taiko players. The skin is made out of cow hide (horse hide upon request), and the body is constructed out of redwood staves. The black lacquered body, the white string (that holds the body together), and the red rope combine to create this visually pleasing Taiko.

Price List (As of 5/1/2013)
SIZE (Skin Dia x Appr Hgt) PRICE
18.5x22.5 $1,000.00
Eitetsu Stand $300.00
Eitetsu Stand with casters (2) $350.00
• Accept special order as well
• Shipping and handling service are not included
• Ask for quotation
• For California residents, a 9.00% sales tax will be added to the prices listed above
• WARRANTY: The body is lifetime warranted unless the damage is intentional or due to accident

Stand

All stands are made of ash or poplar. These hardwoods create stands which are very strong and reliable.

Price List (As of 9/1/2014)
SIZE NAGADO TAIKO HIRADO TAIKO
Skin Dia. Assemble
Stand
(slanted)
Assemble
Stand
(straight)
Hachijo
Style
Stand
(floor)
Sukeroku
Stand
Floor
Stands
16x... N/A N/A $300.00* $175.00 $180.00* N/A
18x... N/A N/A $300.00* $175.00 $180.00* N/A
20x... $800.00 N/A $350.00* $175.00 $200.00* $200.00*
22x... $900.00 N/A $350.00* $200.00 $200.00* $200.00*
24x... $1,200.00 $950.00 $350.00* $200.00 $250.00* $225.00*
26x... N/A $1,100.00 N/A N/A N/A $250.00*
30x... N/A $1,200.00 N/A $300.00 N/A $1,100.00**
34x... N/A N/A N/A $300.00 N/A $1,350.00**
(*)Folding Stand
(**)Up Right
• Accept special order as well
• Shipping and handling service are not included
• Ask for quotation
• For California residents, a 9.00% sales tax will be added to the prices listed above
• WARRANTY: The body is lifetime warranted unless the damage is intentional or due to accident
Taiko Stand

Reskin

Price List (As of 5/1/2016)
SIZE (Skin Dia Appr) ONE SIDE BOTH SIDES
14in $170.00 $290.00
16in $200.00 $360.00
18in $230.00 $410.00
20in $270.00 $480.00
22in $310.00 $550.00
24in $360.00 $640.00
26in $420.00 $750.00
28in $480.00 $840.00
30in $550.00 $940.00
32in $620.00 $1,100.00
34in $700.00 $1,250.00
• Prices may change without notice
• Accept special order as well
• Will not do a barrel Taiko without biscuit
• Will put new tacks
Taiko Repair

Repair

We can repair many types of damage. See the before and after in the above photo. (Yes, that is the same Taiko.) Please ask for a price quotation.

Taiko Engraving

Engraving

Engraving your name or logo on the Taiko gives the instrument a uniqueness the owner can identify. It also emphasizes the overall appearance of the instrument. Before the black ink is painted (before SUMI-IRE) into the logo, the logo comes out clearer, and after the ink is painted (after SUMI-IRE), the darkness brings out the hidden beauty of the Taiko.

If the engraving service is ordered along with the Taiko, you can get a 5~50% discount on the engraving.

Price List (Engraving Only as of 01/1/2005)
SIZE(Inches)
/QUANTITY
3x3 4x4 5x5 6x6 7x7 8x8
1 $15.00
($30.00)
$20.00
($40.00)
$25.00
($50.00)
$30.00
($60.00)
$40.00
($80.00)
$50.00
($100.00)
2 $45.00
($60.00)
$60.00
($80.00)
$75.00
($100.00)
$90.00
($120.00)
$120.00
($160.00)
$145.00
($195.00)
3 $75.00
($90.00)
$100.00
($120.00)
$125.00
($150.00)
$150.00
($180.00)
$200.00
($240.00)
N/A
N/A
4 $105.00
($120.00)
$140.00
($160.00)
$170.00
($195.00)
$200.00
($230.00)
$270.00
($310.00)
N/A
5 $130.00
($145.00)
$175.00
($195.00)
$215.00
($240.00)
$250.00
($280.00)
N/A N/A
6 $155.00
($170.00)
$210.00
($230.00)
$260.00
($285.00)
$290.00
($320.00)
N/A N/A
7 $180.00
($195.00)
$245.00
($265.00)
$300.00
($325.00)
N/A N/A N/A
8 $205.00
($220.00)
$280.00
($300.00)
$340.00
($365.00)
N/A N/A N/A
9 $230.00
($245.00)
$320.00
($330.00)
N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 $250.00
($265.00)
$340.00
($360.00)
N/A N/A N/A N/A
11 $270.00
($285.00)
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
• Prices may change without notice
• Accept special order as well
About Toshi Kato

About Toshi Kato

In 1973, I came to America expecting greater exposure to its music. After 13 years living in San Francisco, I moved to Concord located 30 miles away from San Francisco. I enjoyed playing musical instruments such as the guitar, piano and drums, but was also interested in Japanese Taiko drums.

In 1993, I was introduced to San Francisco Taiko Dojo through my friend. I took my son and daughter to visit the Dojo and soon they became the members of SF Taiko Dojo Rising Stars Dream Team. Practices were held twice a week. That was over 4 hours of commute time every week! Now I think of it as an honor that Master Tanaka directly taught them the basics of how to play Taiko. At the same time, Concord's own Taiko Group, Shinmu Taiko was established. We didn't have anything to start off with and so we began by building our own taikos . After this, I built taikos for friends and for Kagami-kai a rice pounding volunteer group. My son was in charge of the marketing department of the Taiko Conference held in Sacramento California, Summer 2003, which pushed me to hold a booth to sell my taikos. This started my Taiko business. To have a deeper understanding of Taiko making, I visited Mr. Ray Arifuku in Fresno who is also the sponsor of Somei Yoshino. I also had opportunities to watch the Taiko making at Taiko Conference in 2003, Mr. Miyoshi, "Miyoshi Daiko" demonstrated how to tighten the skin. With these experiences and many failures, I came up with my own method of making Taikos.

My goal is to become America's number one, the world's number one BARREL TAIKO MAKER, I am working to improve the sound quality, the appearance, and the strength of the Taiko everyday. I'm making efforts so more and more people can enjoy playing the taikos that I make.

Toshi Kato Taiko Making Process

Our Process

Most of our Taiko's are made from recycled wine barrels. Each barrel is carefully selected to make sure the wood is stable. The barrel is then taken apart, and biscuit joints are placed along each stave to ensure a strong body. After the biscuits have been placed the barrel is then assembled. My Taiko ID has a design with a big tack in it. Each piece of stave is joined together beautifully the lines are almost invisible.

List of Clients

Individuals and professional Taiko groups from around the world are using our Taiko. Below is a partial list of these clients.


Arashi Daiko(Canada):www.arashidaiko.org
Ballico Taiko(CA) Chibi Taiko (Canada):www.chibitaiko.bc.ca
Chikara-Daiko (LA)
En Taiko(OR):www.entaiko.org
Genki Spark (Boston):www.thegenkispark.org
Inochi Taiko(WA):www.inochitaiko.com
Kojokan Samurai Dojo
Kyo Daiko (PA):www.kyodaiko.com
Maikaze Daiko (SF):www.maikazedaiko.com
Metropolitan State Hospital(CA)
Montokuji Taiko (Hawaii)
Nihonmachi-Shoten(SF)
Palo Alto Buddhist Temple (CA):www.pabt.org
Pittsburgh University(PA)
Portland Taiko (OR):www.portlandtaiko.org
Princeton University(NJ)
Raiden Taiko (Canada)
Ryusei Taiko (Hawaii)
San Diego Taiko (CA):www.sandiegotaiko.org
San Jose Taiko(CA):www.taiko.org
Sansho Daiko(Canada):www.sanshodaiko.ca/
St. Louise Osuwa Daiko (MO):www.stltaiko.com
Stanford University(CA):www.stanford.edu/group/stanfordtaiko
TaikoProject (CA):www.taikoproject.com
Tomodachi Daiko(AK):www.tomodachidaiko.org
Uconn Taiko(CT): University of Connecticut:homepages.uconn.edu/~taiko

Wade Cullbreath(Studio Percussionist)
Robert Duncan(Studio Percussionist)
Micheal Fisher(Studio Percussionist)
Taku Hirano(Percussionist): www.myspace.com/takuhirano
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa(Percussionist): www.eienhunterishikawa.com
Saburo Mochizuki(Tsuzumi, Taiko Player)
And More

How to Order

At Kato Taiko, I try to keep a stable stock of taikos but in general, I start building the Taiko after the order is received. It takes about one or two months for the Taiko to ship after the order is placed.

Please check the price listing for prices of basic sized taikos. I also take special orders for custom taikos as well. Please contact us via email (Please indicate "Taiko" in the subject of your e-mail to differentiate it from other junk mails I am getting), telephone, fax or mail, for these prices.

You are required an advanced payment of 20% on all orders and 50% for special orders. Shipping and handling fee will be paid separately from your order.


Kato Taiko
20911 S. western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
TEL: (925) 408-8480
email: info@katotaiko.com