INDIANENFLUIT - SIYO TANKA - NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE - LAKOTA FLUTE
Native American Flute history tells the story of courting, prayer and meditation. Flutes were used for different reasons within tribes. Todays flutes are finely crafted instruments, yet easy to play. One must be careful when purchasing a flute ... it has to be made in the right way, with a good heart and much prayer. A flute made in the right way will sing with a sweet spirit."

High Spirits

"HIGH SPIRITS" FLUTES

Each "High Spirits" Native American flute is made from a solid piece of the finest cedar, walnut, birch, maple and other fine domestic plantation-grown woods or recycled lumber, finished with three coats of a non-toxic hardening oil for durablity and clarity of sound. Each Native American flute is precision-tuned so that it will blend perfectly with other instruments. Lovely crafted. All Cedar or Walnut wood flutes also available with turquoise inlayed.

Each "High Spirits" Native American flute (except Pocket Flutes and Eagle Bone Flute) includes a FREE "Instructional DVD", instructional book and fingering charts. Made in US.

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Aromatic Cedar, Birch, Spanish Cedar or Walnut? Aromatic Cedar has the finest sound quality in the softwood family. These soft grain woods generate a warm mellow voice. In the hardwood family Walnut has an exceptional tonal quality. The sound waves traveling through the tight grain of these woods create a clear full voice. The added advantage to hardwoods is durability.

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SINGLE FLUTES  
EAGLE BONE flute This porcelain replica of an Eagle Bone whistle has 3 fingering holes that create a sweet haunting voice. It has a lanyard attached so it can be worn around the neck. The flute is approximately 12 cm long. The Eagle Bone does not include any instructional materials such as tapes or booklets.

POCKET flute

Aromatic Cedar - A - 5 hole
The Pocket Flute is created from Aromatic Cedar, the non toxic oil finish gives them a bright, clear voice & provides creative fun for all ages. Easily fits into the pocket or back pack.

pocket flute

 

Aromatic Cedar - G - 6 hole
The Pocket Flute is created from Aromatic Cedar, the non toxic oil finish gives them a bright, clear voice & provides creative fun for all ages. Easily fits into the pocket or back pack.

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KESTREL flute

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D
F#
Birch - D, E or F#
The Kestrel was designed in honor of the Native American medicine flute. The Kestrels in the various keys are wonderful for playing along with one of our larger flutes in D, E and F#. The Kestrel in the key of "high D" is two octaves higher than the Condor Bass D flute, but it still has a sweet voice and is a terrific pocket flute. The Kestral in E is a good companion to the Condor Bass in E. The Kestral in F# plays along in key with the deeper Golden Eagle in F#.15" long. Diameter 2,5 cm, length 36 cm.

MERLIN flute

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Birch - C minor
Great for beginners and smaller hands - Easy to play and very durable - ideal for outdoor use such as hiking and backpacking. Diameter 2,75 cm, length 45 cm.


WHITETAIL HAWK flute

Birch - B minor
This a professional flute and great for those starting out. Its bore size makes it easier to play while it still has a full resonating voice. It is deeper in tone then the Merlin "C." A leather tie is included on the 6th hole to make it a 5-hole flute - Length 43,75 cm.


SPARROW HAWK flute

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Aromatic Cedar, Spanish Cedar or Walnut - A - with or without Turquoise Inlay
This is our most popular flute, great for beginners and smaller hands, although everyone can use and enjoy it. With a leather tie that you can use to cover the third hole from the top and play it as a five-hole flute. The walnut version has an exceptional tonal quality. Sound waves traveling through the tight grain of walnut creates a clear full voice. The added advantage to this hardwood is durability (outdoor use). Diameter 3 cm, length 50 cm.
sparrow hawk
 
Aromatic Cedarsparrow hawk
 
 
Aromatic Cedar with Turquoise Inlaysparrow hawk
 
 
Spanish Cedarsparrow hawk
 
 
Spanish Cedar with Turquoise Inlaysparrow hawk
 
 
Walnut sparrow hawk
 
 
Walnut with Turquoise Inlaysparrow hawk
 

REDTAIL HAWK flute

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Cedar or Walnut - G - with or without Turquoise Inlay.
A versatile key. It plays well with other instruments. It is deeper in tone than the Sparrow Hawk "A" flute. Very easy to play - Generates a meditative tranquil voice. The walnut version has an exceptional tonal quality. Sound waves traveling through the tight grain of walnut creates a clear full voice. The added advantage to this hardwood is durability (outdoor use). A leather tie covers one hole so it can be played as a 5-hole flute. Diameter 3 cm, length 60 cm.

GOLDEN EAGLE flute

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Cedar or Walnut - F# - with or without Turquoise Inlay.
A Lakota-style F sharp flute, six finger holes, great for solo play, slightly deeper in tone than the Redtail Hawk G flute. This key is used in many of the Native American flute recordings. The Golden Eagle has a melodic mystical voice. The walnut version has an exceptional tonal quality. Sound waves traveling through the tight grain of walnut creates a clear full voice. The added advantage to this hardwood is durability (outdoor use). It includes a leather tie that you can use to cover the 3rd hole from the top and play it as a 5-hole flute. Diameter 3 cm, length 66 cm.


CROW flute

Crow in A, G and F#
The Crow flutes are inlayed with turquoise cabochons and are walnut that is Ebonized. This is a process used in the early 1900. Even though the wood was already rare and costly, Ebony furniture was popular at that time. To compensate for that, wood workers developed a dyeing process called Ebonizing. Unlike a stain, the dyeing process penetrates the wood fiber deeply simulating the black texture of Ebony. Walnut is ideal for this process because it has a dark brown grain that streaks through the black dye giving it a similar look to Ebony. This process does not change the sound quality of the wood. These flutes sound like the walnut versions of the Sparrow Hawk, Golden Eagle and Redtail Hawk flutes.

CONDOR BASS flute

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D
E

 

Cedar - D or E , Spanish Cedar - B, C, D or E or Walnut - B, C, D or E - with or without Turquoise Inlay.
The Condor Bass Flute has a deep & resonant full voice. The D Condor Bass has a large hole pattern and is recommended for experienced players who are accustomed to a larger finger spread. The walnut version has an exceptional tonal quality. Sound waves traveling through the tight grain of walnut creates a clear full voice. The added advantage to this hardwood is durability (outdoor use). With a leather tie that you can use to cover the 3rd hole from the top and play it as a 5-hole flute. Diameter 3 cm.

condor bass

CONTRA BASS flute

A, G or F#
The Contra Bass Flutes have an exceptional deep and resonant voice. This allows creating songs with our flutes in the different octave ranges. It makes these flutes a great addition for performing and recording. They are a large flute with large fingering holes, requiring the skill of an experienced player. Length 77.5 cm (A), 81.25 cm (G), 87.5 cm (F#).

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EARTH TONE FLUTES 432Hz  

432HzEarthTone flute

In the world of music there has been a revival of tuning instruments to lower frequencies of sound vibration.

Until recently, most musical instruments have been tuned so that the “A” note (of the middle octave on a piano) is tuned to 440 Hz. This is known as Concert Pitch and was established as a standard at the beginning of the 20th century. Our EarthTone© Flutes use a 432 Hz frequency for the “A” note and all other notes are aligned accordingly. When played alongside flutes that are tuned to the frequency of 440Hz, the 432Hz tonal difference is very subtle.

Much like the subtle inflection of the human voice that can project a subtle variation in feelings, an instrument using a slight change in frequency can alter the feeling quality of the music being played. Please note, though subtle in difference, instruments tuned to 432 Hz do not pair with instruments tuned to 440 Hz.

Earth Tone flutesAn instrument known as a CymaScope can project the physical geometric patterns of any specific vibration. Our EarthTone© Flutes are engraved with the geometric pattern of the 432 Hz frequency.

The claims and potential benefits cannot all be scientifically proven. We suggest letting your personal experience be the deciding factor in the choice of tunings.

Currently our EarthTone© Flutes are crafted in the keys of: 'A'Minor, 'G'Minor, and 'F#'Minor.

 


Key of "A" Minor

This flute features Rainbow Moonstone inlaid cabochons, a fetish symbolizing the circle of life, and it is engraved with a geometric pattern representing the 432Hz frequency.

The flute is tuned in the key of "A" minor and can also be played in the relative major diatonic scale in the key of "C". It is a 6-hole flute, we cover the 3rd hole from the top of the flute (known as the 6th hole) with a leather tie, giving the option to use it as a 6-hole or a 5-hole flute.

This flute is 51 cm long.


Key of "G" Minor

This flute features Rainbow Moonstone inlaid cabochons, a fetish symbolizing the circle of life, and it is engraved with a geometric pattern representing the 432Hz frequency.

The flute is tuned in the key of "G" minor and can also be played in the relative major diatonic scale in the key of "A#"/"Bb". It is a 6-hole flute, we cover the 3rd hole from the top of the flute (known as the 6th hole) with a leather tie, giving the option to use it as a 6-hole or a 5-hole flute.

This flute is 56 cm long, and it is best suited for those with medium to larger hands.


Key of "F#" Minor

This flute features Rainbow Moonstone inlaid cabochons, a fetish symbolizing the circle of life, and it is engraved with a geometric pattern representing the 432Hz frequency.

This flute is tuned in the key of "F#" minor and it can also be played in the relative major diatonic scale in the key of "A". It is a 6-hole flute, we cover the 3rd hole from the top of the flute (known as the 6th hole) with a leather tie, giving the option to use it as a 6-hole or a 5-hole flute.

This flute is 60 cm long, and is best suited for those with medium to larger hands.

DOUBLE FLUTES  

With a double flute you play the melody on one side and the other side provides the drone in the root note of the flute - it sounds like two people are playing. Double flutes have a double mouthpiece so you can switch from a double flute to a single flute instantly without adjustments. Our style is unique and generates more amplitude (volume) and the drone plays the low and high octaves easily. This style of double flutes has many advantages:

- 2 mouth pieces, play single or double flute
- Drone plays high or low octave
- More amplitude (more volume)
- Easier fingering & less sensitive to breaking low notes
- The harmonies of ALL the notes are separated


DOUBLE KESTREL flute

Double Kestrel in "high D" - Birch
With a double flute you play the melody on one side and the other side provides the drone in the root note of the flute - it sounds like two people are playing. Double flutes have a double mouthpiece so you can switch from a double flute to a single flute instantly without adjustments. Our style is unique and generates more amplitude (volume) and the drone plays the low and high octaves easily.


DOUBLE MERLIN flute

Double Merlin in C - Maple
With a double flute you play the melody on one side and the other side provides the drone in the root note of the flute - it sounds like two people are playing. Double flutes have a double mouthpiece so you can switch from a double flute to a single flute instantly without adjustments. Our style is unique and generates more amplitude (volume) and the drone plays the low and high octaves easily.


DOUBLE WHITETAIL HAWK -flute

Double Whitetail Hawk in B - Birch
The Drone "B" flute is one of the easiest drone flutes to play. It has two air holes so that it can be played as a single or double flute. When playing with the drone it gives its sweet, bright voice a full resonant sound.


DOUBLE SPARROW HAWK -flute

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Two Hawks Double Sparrow Hawk in A - Cedar or Walnut
With a double flute you play the melody on one side and the other side provides the drone in the root note of the flute - it sounds like two people are playing. Double flutes have a double mouthpiece so you can switch from a double flute to a single flute instantly without adjustments. Our style is unique and generates more amplitude (volume) and the drone plays the low and high octaves easily.


DOUBLE REDTAIL HAWK flute

Double Red Tail Hawk in G - Cedar or Walnut
With a double flute you play the melody on one side and the other side provides the drone in the root note of the flute - it sounds like two people are playing. Double flutes have a double mouthpiece so you can switch from a double flute to a single flute instantly without adjustments. Our style is unique and generates more amplitude (volume) and the drone plays the low and high octaves easily.


DOUBLE GOLDEN EAGLE flute

Double Golden Eagle in F# - Cedar or Walnut
Like the Golden Eagle this flute has a soothing voice that is enhanced by the added drone. This drone flute is recommended for those that have experience playing wind instruments.


DOUBLE CONDOR BASS flute

Double Condor Bass in D or E - Cedar
Our double chambered drone flutes are unique in that they produce the full scale without harmonizing out any of the notes. This design generates more volume and it plays the low and high octaves easily. Each double flute has two mouthpieces so it can be played as a single or double.
TRIPLE FLUTES  

TRIPLE SPARROW HAWK -flutetriple hawk

Triple flute in A - Cedar or Walnut
This flute is extremely versatile, the left drone plays the root note of "A", the center plays the melody & the right drone has the option of playing one of three notes. This is controlled by which fingering holes are covered with the leather ties that are provided. The flute has three mouthpieces so it can be played single, double or triple. These instruments are recommended for experienced flute players. Made from domestic aromatic cedar or walnut.

ACCESSORIES Flute bags, DVDs, books, ...

 

FLUTE BAGS  
BUCKSKIN BAGS Hand crafted from top grain hides. They have a shoulder strap making them comfortable to carry the flutes on hikes. The closure is an antler button. The small bag is designed for the smaller-sized such as Sparrow Hawk "A" flute, Whitetail Hawk "B" flute and the Merlin "C" flute. The large bag is just right for the "G," "F#" and "D" flutes.

SOFT BAGS

 

This Flute Bag is on the top of our list of protective cases. Its unique design includes complete lining with 1″ foam padding sewn into all sides. It has a center divider that provides the protection to carry two flutes in the case. The bag is made from plush suede cloth and uses an industrial quality zipper for secure closure. This case is light weight (less than 1 pound), insulates against heat & cold, is ideal for traveling and has a carrying strap. Unlike top opening cases the side zipper allows the fetish to stay in its proper position during the process of taking the flute in and out. Ideal for your valuable instruments.

This come in two sizes: the medium size for flutes up to 57 cm long or the large size which fits flutes up to 72 cm long.


CLOTH BAGS

Available in three sizes, felted cloth flute bags are an economical protection for the instruments. They have cord ties that close the opening securing the flute in the bag.
The small bag is 24" long and 4" wide, sized for Kestrel, Merlin, Sparrow Hawk and Whitetail Hawk flutes. The large bag is 30" long and 4.5" wide, sized for Golden Eagle and Redtail Hawk flutes. The extra large bag is 31" long and 5" wide: its extra width makes it ideal for our Condor Bass flutes.


FLUTE BAGS

 

This attractive Flute Bag is made with a double layer. For added protection the inside is padded quilting cloth and the outside is Suede Cloth. The shoulder strap makes it ideal to include the flute in outdoor activities and the horn button latches the flap securely.

BOOKS - DVDs - CDs  
DVD "HOW TO PLAY" Beginning Flute DVD with Odell Borg
Odell Borg's half-hour-plus DVD of beginning techniques. Even if you've never picked up a musical instrument before, this video will get you producing sweet sounds from your Native American flute.

DVD "INTERMEDIATE INSTRUCTION"

Advanced Flute DVD with Odell Borg - 70-minute-long
We all get stuck playing the same flute phrase or song over & over again. In this Intermediate level DVD, Odell shows ways of varying the playing style and utilizing new techniques to enhance your flute experience. It is divided into chapters so you can easily jump to a particular lesson.


SONG BOOK

Odell Borg's Native Spirit Song Book with CD
A collection of 21 songs written in Native Flute Tablature and Finger Tablature, so everyone will be able to play these songs. Twenty of the songs are Native American songs from various tribal backgrounds plus "Amazing Grace".

Included is a "Play Along" CD for the songs. All the songs on the CD are played in the keys of "A", "G" and "F#". This book is easy to use and provides a great tool to vary one's playing style. The special LayFlat binding can be opened & pressed flat without damage to the binding.


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BANSURI - BASURI - BANSOORI - INDISCHE BAMBOEFLUIT

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De Indische bamboefluit, ook bansuri genoemd, is een uit één stuk bamboe vervaardigde dwarsfluit. De bansuri telt 6 of 7 gaten. Alle halve noten, accidentals en microtones worden verkregen door een unieke vingertechniek. De bansuri is één van de oudste muziekinstrumenten. Er werd reeds van de bansuri melding gemaakt in de Vedas. De bansuri is geassocieerd met de god van dans en muziek: Krishna.

De bansuri - 'bans' betekent bamboe en 'swar, shruti, shri, suri' betekent toon - is een bas fluit gemaakt van bamboe met 6 of 7 open vingergaten. De bansuri is een eenvoudig wind instrument zonder kleppen, met een toon ongeveer een oktaaf lager dan de Europese klassieke fluit en ze is veel meer resonant en flexibel in" tonal quality". Ze heeft geen kleppen voor "b" of "#" maar de halve- en kwartnoten worden verkregen door voorzichtig slechts een deeltje van het gat met de vinger te openen.

CONCERT BANSURI PREMIUM
The hallmarks of quality are the precision of tuning and the sound, resonance and durability of the bamboo. Our premium bansuris are carefully selected concert instruments for demanding musicians. They are made from precious himalaya bamboo, which gives them a unique combination of warmth, softness and clarity. They are tuned to a = 440 Hertz and have exact intonation in all octaves.
Our flute maker Anand Dhotre from Mumbai has learnt his art from his father and cooperates regularly with leading Indian bansuri masters. He is himself a musician and a personal student of master flutist Ronu Majumdar.

ARCHITECTURE & PLAYING TECHNIQUE
The bansuri is a hollow bamboo tube which is closed at the upper end. It has six to seven finger holes and one blow hole. Usually it has several tight thread bindings to prevent it from cracking. It is blown sideways like the Western flute. Fully closing or opening the finger holes produces a diatonic scale. Half opening of the finger holes produces the half notes in between, thus enabling bansuri performers to play any note combination derived from the chromatic scale. Instead of using the fingertips the finger joints are used to cover the holes. That way it is possible to grab even the long deep bansuris commonly used for classical solo performance. Smooth sliding of the fingers produces the glissando movements and microintervals so essential to Indian music. The tonic note Sa is produced by fully closing the first three finger holes. The lowest note is reached by closing all six fingerholes and is a fourth below the tonic Sa. India Instruments usually mentions both the tonic Sa and the lowest note in order to avoid any misunderstandings.

QUALITY
The hallmarks of quality are the precision of tuning and the sound, resonance and durability of the bamboo. India Instruments carries standard bansuris as well as professional ones (called premium) from India. The standard bansuris often have a beautiful tone and a bamboo of decent quality. However many of them are not tuned according to Western pitch and they are sometimes slightly out of tune in the second and third octave. Our premium bansuris are carefully selected instruments for professional musicians in any field. They are made of high quality bamboo from the foothills of the Himalayas, which produces a unique combination of clarity, warmth and smoothness in tone. Our bansuri maker has learnt his art from his father and works in close cooperation with leading Indian bansuri performers. The premium bansuris are hand-picked for us by an independant bansuri player, who checks each instrument for sound quality and intonation. If you are ever unsatisfied with the tuning of one of our premium bansuris we will adjust it individually according to your specifications without extra charge.

BANSURI MAINTENANCE
Bansuris (Indian bamboo flutes), unlike Western silver flutes, do not need any specific maintenance - as long as they are played regularly and kept in a relatively moist climate. E.g. it is unnecessary to wipe the inside after playing.
However, if the bamboo gets too dry, it might crack. Therefore never keep a bansuri in a hot dry place (e.g. a car) for any length of time. If that has happened by accident (and the instrument has yet survived it...) it is important to start playing the bansuri again very carefully - otherwise the inside might swell due to its sudden exposure to the moisture of the breath and thus cause the bamboo to crack.
Some people treat the inside of their bansuris with oil in order to smoothen the surface and thus create a slightly clearer sound. The oil has to be very fluid and free from resin. In India it is common to use mustard oil. Slightly warm the oil to approx. body temperature, apply it to the inside of the bansuri and let it soak for about 30 minutes. Afterwards wipe the bansuri clean again. This procedure can be repeated twice a week for two weeks in a row.

We usually have following bansuris in stock:

  • deep D - length 86cm
  • deep E - length 76cm
  • F - length 70cm
  • G - length 65cm
  • A - length 59cm

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HULUSI - CHINESE RIETFLUIT

HulusiHulusi

 

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Patrik Niels on HulusiThe Hulusi is a free reed wind instrument from China. It is held vertically and has three bamboo pipes which pass through a decorated gourd or woorden mouth piece. The center pipe has finger holes and the outer one or two are typically drone pipes.

Quite often the reference note of an instrument in Asia is the note you get when the lowest three fingerholes are open.

Comes with carry case.

Hulusi

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XIAO - DONGXIAO - CHINESE SHAKUHACHI - CHINESE VERTICAL BAMBOO FLUTE

Xiao

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The Xiao, or Chinese shakuhachi, is made of bamboo and originated over 2000 years ago. It was some time during the Tang and Sung Dynasty when the vertically-played instruments were categorized as Xiao and those horizontally-played as Dizi. The Xiao is not only a unique solo instrument but is also used widely in ensembles and for accompanying purposes. Its mellow tone quality makes it most suitable for playing lyrical melodies.

 

 


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BAHU - BAWU - BAWO - CHINESE REED FLUTE
Ba-Hu

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This Chinese reed instrument looks like a normal side blown bamboo flute, but has a copper reed in the square mouth piece. Its shape is similar to that of the Xiao. The sound is somewhat between a flute and a harmonica. This is an instrument of south minority cultures, brought into use in 1960s. With only 9 tones, it produces mellow and charming sounds. The BaHu is popular among the Miao, the Hani, the Yi, the Tai and other minority groups in the Yunnan province of China.

There goes such a beautiful story. Two young Hanis fell in love with each other. One day a demon grabbed the girl, cut off her tongue, then threw her into the deep mountains. Following a bird's advice that bamboo can talk, she made an instrument with that stuff, pouring out her misfortune through it. On hearing her sad voice, the villagers came to kill the demon and relieved the girl. Since then the bawu has became a talking instrument. Its dimensions vary and so do the designs.

 
Here is a beautiful song "The Greeting",
composed and played by my good friend Steve on BaHu

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SHAKUHACHI - JAPANSE BAMBOEFLUIT - ZEN FLUTE

 

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TRADITIONAL SHAKUHACHI

The shakuhachi is a testament to the elegance of traditional Japanese culture. Made from the root of the bamboo, its aesthetic is organic and simple. Hidden inside this rustic form, however, is a bore that is carefully crafted with the utmost precision. This instrument produces a sound that is said to replicate the full range of natural life on earth.

The shakuhachi is an end-blown flute tuned to a pentatonic (5-note) scale. By various fingerings -- half- and quarter-holings -- and by controlling the angle of mouthpiece against the lip, all twelve tones of the western chromatic scale can be produced. The mouthpiece consists of an oblique blowing edge whose design is unique in that it enables the player to control the pitch produced by changing the angle at which the flute is being blown. This, in turn, produces a delicate change of intonation -- a swelling or bending of notes characteristic of the traditional music. Alterations in embouchure, intensity of blowing and cross fingerings allow the player to create a wide variety of subtle and incredible sounds. The timbre of the instrument is mellow in its low tones, although it is equally capable of producing loud, penetrating and breathy tones in its middle and upper registers. Little can be said of the sound of the shakuhachi without first hearing its hauntingly beautiful ring. With this in mind, noted ethnomusicologist Fumio Koizumi concluded: "Because of the religious origin of its music, the sound of the bamboo flute leads the mind directly into spiritual thought. Thus a single tone of the shakuhachi can sometimes bring one to the world of Nirvana."

The origin of the shakuhachi, according to one theory, has been traced back as far as ancient Egypt and is presumed to have migrated through India and China before entering Japan in the Sixth Century. Its popularity, however, was short-lived and it wasn't until the Thirteenth Century that it was revived by the Fuke sect of Buddhism which sought to replace sutra chanting with sui zen or "blowing zen." Not until the Edo Period (1603-1867) did this instrument reach its final and most decisive phase of development. During this era, marked by the disintegration of feudal Japan, the shakuhachi was favored by swelling numbers of uprooted samurai warriors (ronin) who joined the ranks of itinerant preachers known as komuso ("Priests of Emptiness and Nothingness"). The komuso wore large baskets (tengai) over their heads to symbolize their detachment from the world. Violent clan struggles which marked the late Sixteenth Century forced some of the komuso to organize themselves into a society for self-protection.

 

Shakuhachi Yuu

Shakuhachi Yuu

Shakuhachi Yuu

SHAKUHACHI YUU

Shakuhachi Yuu

'Yuu' - At Ease, Calm, Serene, Composed, Victorious and Eternal

The shakuhachi flute is an ancient instrument; known and appreciated for its mystical sound and expressiveness. Originally, the shakuhachi was used as a spiritual tool to relax the mind and body. Today, the shakuhachi is used for this same meditative purpose and for playing a wide variety of modern music as well. Designed by a world famous Japanese musician in 1976, the 1.8 size Shakuhachi Yuu is a quality, well tuned instrument, available at an affordable price for anyone who wants to play shakuhachi. With its precision bore design, the Shakuhachi Yuu plays easily, with a clear, bright and confident tone. The Yuu has good sound quality, accurate musical intervals, and excellent tonal balance throughout the entire musical scale.

The Shakuhachi Yuu is a perfect student shakuhachi for beginning players who want to experience the shakuhachi without spending a lot of money. There are also many advanced shakuhachi players and teachers around the world who enjoy having a Yuu in their collection as well.

One of the best things about the ABS Resin Shakuhachi Yuu is that it does not require maintenance like bamboo! You can take this flute with you wherever you go—traveling to foreign countries, hiking, backpacking, to the beach or desert—all without the slightest fear of the instrument being damaged. The Shakuhachi Yuu will withstand any weather conditions, you can even play it in your bath or in a hot tub under the stars! The Shakuhachi Yuu feels very similar to professional bamboo instruments in terms of its size, shape, and weight. It is extremely rugged in its construction and disassembles easily for travel. Please do not let the fact that the Shakuhachi Yuu is made from ABS plastic resin fool you or turn you away from owning one. The Shakuhachi Yuu is an excellent instrument, endorsed by numerous teachers and players, and the Yuu performs as well as some of the more expensive professional bamboo shakuhachi!

For those who may be interested, the production of the Shakuhachi Yuu is a collaboration between the engineer of the ABS Resin construction and a professional bamboo shakuhachi tuner. After the first stages of production, the Shakuhachi Yuu is cut to size and the utaguchi or blowing edge is crafted. And finally, the insides of the five holes on the Yuu are crafted and fine tuned.

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ANTARA - PAN FLUTE

antara

antara


The Antara is a pre-colombean pipe flute similar to the Siku (Pan pipes) but only has one line of pipes. Although modern Antaras are made of Bamboo, they were once made of several types of clay-like muds, fired to achieve hardness, with some taking on a terra-cotta appearance.

The Antara is an ancient musical instrument that consists of 10 or more pipes in increasing lengths bound together as one wind instrument. It is played vertically but blown horizontally across the open inner edges of the pipes. The air blown through the instrument creates a series ofpulses that generate sound waves within the tubes.

  • 12 pipes
  • Tuned in A

 

pan pipes

 

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BOVENTOONFLUIT - FLUTE HARMONIQUE - OVERTONE FLUTE

 

Easy-to-play flutes. They have only one hole which allows the player through overblowing, like with a Slovakian Fujara, to reach a series of overtones up to 6 octaves. You can make a third base tone through closing the big opening at the end of the flute, creating a lively and virtuous sound.

A Basic Musical Phenomenon - play - discover - learn

The overtone flute is an old scandinavian instrument that has influenced the folk music in many places by its special sound and scale. You can also find this flute in other countries like Hungary. You can regulate the tone height in two different ways. the first possibility - which gave name to the flute - is to vary the blowing intensity in a weak or strong manner. If you blow softly, you will receive a very low tone which is the fundamental tone of the flute, when you blow more intensively, higher tones will spring up in the rising scale and a so called overtone or natural tone scale will result. The position of the tones in the scale depends on the length of the flute. To make it easier to hit the desired note, begin blowing with a little ”t”- sound.

Another possibility of tone variation is to alternately close and open the orifice. When you cover the orifice, you will find that the tone rises or sinks to a position in the above mentioned scale between two tones. This will happen without taking into consideration the momentary position of the tone. Thereby the number of tones can be doubled. The same quantity of tones can be received again by putting a finger into the orifice of the flute. Then the tone rises up against half a tonestep, related to the above described interface tone on condition that the orifice is well covered.

The tones can also be "stretched" by gradually opening and closing the hole. The fact that the melodies are made by varying the blowing intensity has a unique healing effect on the breathing functions and by that on the whole human being.



Overtone flutes in bamboo
Our overtone flutes made of bamboo are easy to play.
These harmonic flutes have a warm to breathy sound.
They are available in several keynote variants.



Overtone flutes in copper
This is a bended copper overtone flute with a mouthpiece made of beech, in which a labium is included. It is played horizontally, but it is blown like a recorder. It has no finger holes. The pitch is fixed by the power of the breath and the opening and closing of the ending. Sounds very close to a Slovakian Fujara.

listen to the Aquaphone ... listen to the copper overtoneflute

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XAPHOON - MAUI XAPHOON - POCKET SAXOPHONE

Maui Xaphoon

Maui Xaphoon

Classic Xaphoon

Classic Xaphoon

 

 

xaphoon manual

Xaphoon manual,
comes with each instrument

 

 

 

xaphoon bag

Nepalese Xaphoon bags

 

 

 

Xaphoon de Catalunya

Xaphoon de Catalunya

listen to the Aquaphone ... listen to the Maui Xaphoon
listen to the Aquaphone ... listen to the Maui Xaphoon "C" (taken from the CD "Indigo", by Kristalan)
listen to the Aquaphone ... listen to the Maui Xaphoon "C" (taken from a soundjourney by myself and Mieke Polfliet back in 2008)

Introducing the Maui Xaphoon (pronounced “za foon”), a "Bamboo Sax" for everyone who appreciates awesome sound but doesn’t want to schlep around a bulky instrument. The Xaphoon’s sound falls somewhere between a saxophone and a clarinet – a much richer sound than its size would suggest -- and was born to be played wherever and whenever the mood strikes. The experienced player will find the Xaphoon capable of all the subtle shadings and vibrant power of a saxophone. The beginner will find it fun and easy, and good practice for other reed instruments.

The Xaphoons are hand-made of Bamboo, cut from the rain forests of East Maui by the instrument's creator. A tenor saxophone reed, affixed to a built-in mouthpiece, is responsible for the instrument's unique sound. They are available in the keys of C and Bb, with recently added D, Es & G, possess a 2-octave, fully chromatic scale. The Xaphoon could become one of your most treasured belongings.

 

Handmade from bamboo, with great care and attention to details, each instrument is unique. Comes in a box, with a mouth piece protector, songbook and fingering chart.
SOPRANINO "E": Sopranino-xaphoon, gestemd in E-pentatonisch, intens handwerk, ieder stuk is uniek, lengte 29cm
MAUI XAPHOON "D": De Hawaiaanse bamboesaxofoon, gestemd in D, intens handwerk, ieder stuk is uniek, lengte 30cm
"One inch shorter than the "C" Xaphoon, this handy instrument is ideal for those who wish to follow the Celtic crowd, and play along with violins, pennywhistles, and guitars (as these instruments tend to play songs in the keys of "D" and "G")".
MAUI XAPHOON "C": De originele Hawaiaanse bamboesaxofoon, gestemd in C, 8 noten, intens handwerk, ieder stuk is uniek, lengte 34cm
"This handmade Xaphoon is our most popular bamboo model. Made under the direct supervision of Brian Wittman (fresh from the rainforests of Maui, Hawaii), it boasts a 2 full octaves with a fully chromatic scale. Comes with 8-page hand-caligrified instruction guide and an aura of "coolness" that is off the scale! "
MAUI XAPHOON "Bb": De originele Hawaiaanse bamboesaxofoon, gestemd in Bb, 8 noten, intens handwerk, ieder stuk is uniek, lengte 36cm
"Handmade in Hawaii under the direct supervision of the instrument's inventor, the Bb Xaphoon is ideal for jazz pro's and amateurs alike! About an inch longer than the "C" instrument, and each note plays one whole step lower, so it sounds even more like a saxophone in the right environment. Recommended for advanced players and for those who already "think" in Bb".
MAUI XAPHOON "A": De originele Hawaiaanse bamboesaxofoon, gestemd in A, 8 noten, intens handwerk, ieder stuk is uniek, lengte 39cm
MAUI XAPHOON "G": De originele Hawaiaanse bamboesaxofoon, gestemd in G, 8 noten, intens handwerk, ieder stuk is uniek, lengte 44cm

XAPHOON DE CATALUNYA"C": This new "Catalunya" has been made in sunny Spain by a renowned instrument builder who is using the finest woods for this instrument: Oak, Almond and Olive wood. All are hardwoods that have been used for many years by flutemakers for producing excellent solo instruments.


A well-priced alternative made out of the same material as the clarinet mouthpieces is the C-Sax. They sound more sharp and can also be washed and cleaned. Comes in a box, with a mouth piece protector, songbook and fingering chart.
STANDARD XAPHOON "C": De "pocket" saxofoon, ABS, gestemd in C, 8 noten, zelfde design als MAUI XAPHOON "C", lengte 35 cm
"Our most popular Xaphoon! An inexpensive alternative to the handmade original. The Pocket Sax is made of indestructible ABS plastic - just put the cap on, throw it in your backpack, and go! Now the tiny instrument with the awesome sound has an additional care-free dimension".

Accessories for the Xaphoon
NEPALESE XAPHOON BAGS: Show off your character and worldly taste with these custom Xaphoon cases, handmade in Nepal! Many colorful patterns encase and protect your valuable instrument whether it's in C or D. (Not all Bb instruments will fit...) Comes with a belt loop with a zipper seal.

Imagine being able to create a sense of community wherever you are - at a bus stop, in a cave, waiting in line, even a parking garage! The Xaphoon is about two octaves lower than conventional flutes of the same length. Play it in an acoustic space and it will sound like a full-sized saxophone. Make friends while making spiritual music!

Music is the bridge between people and culture. The Xaphoon was developed as an instrument to carry along with you. So play the Xaphoon wherever you are and greet those, who don't understand your language, with your Xaphoon music.

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CONCH - SHANKH - DUNG (schelphoorn - schelptrompet)

listen to the Aquaphone ... listen to this conch

Tibetaans boeddhisme
De trompetschelp wordt in het algemeen gebruikt om 'op te roepen tot godsdienstige bijeenkomsten'. Ook wordt hij gebruikt om 'heilig water' in te bewaren, en als muziekinstrument tijdens puja-ceremonieën.

Wat is een puja?
Puja (letterlijk vertaald: offerande brengen) is een ritueel bij meditaties op een van de Bodhisattva's of Boeddha's. Een ceremonie waarbij gebeden worden gericht aan de Boeddha's om hun zegen of hulp. Er zijn verschillende soorten puja's, voor diverse doeleinden in ons leven. Er zijn puja's voor meditatiebeoefening, zuivering, wegnemen van obstakels, lang leven, sterven, ziekte, zakendoen en zo voort. Puja's worden uitgevoerd om de drie vormen van obstakels af te wenden en op te ruimen, toestanden die ons weerhouden van het bereiken van onze wereldse en geestelijke doelen.

India
De trompetschelp wordt gebruikt om kwade geesten uit te drijven en natuurrampen te voorkomen. Sommigen gebruiken hem zelfs om 'giftige schepsels te verjagen'. En deze schelp wordt dus ook gebruikt bij puja's.

Feng Shui
De trompetschelp neemt een belangrijke plek in bij de feng shui, want er worden allerlei goede eigenschappen aan toegedicht: een gevoel van vrede en comfort in huis, alsook bescherming. Volgens de feng shui werkt het plaatsen van een dergelijke schelp in de zuidhoek van de woonkamer als versterker van de populariteit en reputatie van de bewoner. Leg gladde trompetschelpen in de keuken om energie te creëren die harmonieus en gezinsvriendelijk werkt. Houd stekelige schelpen op de vensterbank om energie aan te trekken die het huis beschermt tegen ongeluk en schade. Bewaar steeds wat trompetschelpen in een mandje op een tafel bij de voordeur, voor een succesvolle en bevredigende loopbaan.

Tibetan conch

Rituele schelp met oneindige knoop - Pujaschelp
De trompetschelp speelt een voorname rol in het Tibetaanse boeddhisme, het hindoeïsme en de feng shui (de leer van het harmonisch arrangeren en inrichten van woon- of werkplek).

Tibetan conch

Rituele witte trompetschelp Om Mani Padme Hung gegraveerde decoratie
De trompetschelp speelt een voorname rol in het Tibetaanse boeddhisme, het hindoeïsme en de feng shui (de leer van het harmonisch arrangeren en inrichten van woon- of werkplek).

 

 

Tibetan conch

Rituele witte schelp met metaaldecoratie Puja
De trompetschelp speelt een voorname rol in het Tibetaanse boeddhisme, het hindoeïsme en de feng shui (de leer van het harmonisch arrangeren en inrichten van woon- of werkplek).

 

 

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DIDGERIDOO

Didgeridoo in PVC

This budget-friendly didgeridoo is very lightweighted and has a full warm sound.
Length 130cm

listen to the Aquaphone ... listen to the Didgeridoo in PVC

 

Slide-Didgeridoo "The Slider"

The Slide-Didgeridoo is a new exciting spin on the didgeridoo that allows players to change pitch while playing! It is easy to play, light, compact, durable and inexpensive! It has superior sound quality due to its heavy duty large bore construction and huge 4.5" bell. The mouthpiece is an ideal 1.25". Length when closed is 50", extended 80". Pitch changes are achieved with a unique seal for smooth airtight slide action. A quick lock feature allows locking of the slider in any pitch position. The Slider plays thru the 6 most popular keys of the didgeridoo F, E, D, C, B and A.

We highly recommend The Slider to beginner and advanced players alike. Beginners can try out different keys to help get their first tone. There is also excellent backpressure for learning to circular breathe. It has exceptional vocals and full range harmonics for an intense sound. Advanced players will love the sound quality and versatility of being able to match pitch with anyone's didgeridoo. Our exclusive locking feature ensures that you won't fall out of pitch while jamming.

slide didge
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OCARINA - OKARINA - CLAY FLUTES

PRO CLAY FLUTE

  • 6 sound holes
  • alt 110 x 133mm
  • tuned in F
  • made in Germany

 

PRO CLAY FLUTE

  • 6 sound holes
  • sopran 65 x 100mm
  • tuned in C
  • made in Germany

 


listen to the Aquaphone ... listen to the mezzo-sopran Ocarina
listen to the Aquaphone ... listen to the sliding sound of the mezzo-sopran Ocarina

PRO CLAY FLUTE

  • 6 sound holes
  • mezzo-sopran 55 x 82mm
  • tuned in F
  • made in Germany

listen to the Aquaphone ... listen to the sopranino Ocarina

PRO CLAY FLUTE

  • 6 sound holes
  • sopranino 47 x 63mm
  • tuned in A
  • made in Germany

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