travers flute, panflute

travers flute, indian bansoori, chinese Dizi, Quena, panflutes

travers flute, panflute

The recorder is often first associated with the flute, but in the orchestra the flute always means the flute. While the recorder was still very popular in the early baroque period, the flute soon established itself as "the flute". At that time it wasn't the modern silver flutes with many keys but simple wooden flutes without keys.
The oldest tradition of the flute is from China. Since the origin of many musical instruments lies in early cultures in Mesopotamia, one can guess that the variant of holding a flute across and blowing it through a hole on the side was more developed in the eastern countries.
In principle, a flute is built quite simply. A hollow tube, e.g. a piece of bamboo, closed at one end. A hole is drilled into the side of the tube a little next to the closure, and a transverse flute is ready. A recorder is constructed more elaborately, but easier to blow, a transverse flute is constructed simply, but more difficult to play. You have to blow the air flow over the blow hole so that the air flow hits the opposite edge of the hole and breaks there. This creates the typical sound of the flute, which is softer and richer in overtones than that of the recorder.
Older traditional travers flutes follow the 6-hole fingering. They come in many sizes and pitches.

The Chinese dizi has a special sound.

travers flute made from reed

a simple traverse flute from reed, like irish traverse flute or bansoori, with 6 finger holes plays two octaves

Simple Travers-flute made from reed, in same intonation like the Tin-Whistle or the irish Travers-flute with 6 holes. fingering
tuneabel about two octaves.
Made for beginning of travers flute playing or for traditional music.
In different intonations from high Sol up to the low Re.
high intonations: Sol, Fa#, Fa, Mi, Re#, Re, Do#, Do, Si and Sib
low intonations: La, Sol#, Sol, Fa, Mi and Re

The large flutes are a little bit difficult of fingering and they are not playable with small hands.

reed travers flute in La / A

reed travers flute in deep Fa / F

reed travers flute in high Mi / E

assorted reedflutes

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Dizi - chinee travers flute

The Dizi is a traditional chinese traverse flute with special sound-effect by rice-paper

Dizi is a traditional chinese travers flute.
This flute has a special: between the mouth hole and the finger holes is a hole, which is closed with a ricepaper.
This paper starts to vibrate while playing and changes the sound to a vibrating timbre.
The fingering is like typical six-hole flutes, playable about two octaves.
We offer this flute in differents tonalities.

In china the declaration of tonality is different to europe. They don't sign the deepest note, but the note at the third hole from the bottom. That means a flute in chinese F is C-major (deepest note C).

So we have the tonalities:

chineses G / D

chinese F / C

chinese D / A

chinese C / G



Quena is the name of a tradtitional flute from south america, exspecially in the anden states. The flute is played at the noch on the top.

Quena is the name of the noch flute of south america

This flutes don't have a mouthpiece like a recorder, but just a noch on the top, where you play. It is a little bit like playing a traversflute and so the sound is similar.

The fingering is traditional with six holes.


simple panflutes for children, large for deep sound and prfofessional panflutes from Italy

Who doesn't know the dreamiful sound of the panflute.

Indio-Panflutes from Peru

Panflutes from Peru in a good quality and easy to play.

This flutes come from small craftshops in Peru and they are fair trade. This keeps the old craft-art and gives the people a small income and subsistence with old tradition.

We offer small pan flutes in 3 sizes

small: 7 pipes, ca. 14 cm (deepest note)

medium: 10 pipes, ca 15 cm

large: 13 pipes, ca. 17 cm, bowed

professionel Panflutes

We offer good quality and exactly tuned Panflutes, which are easy to play.
Even beginners learn fast to play this flutes.
This Panflutes are made in the Alpes in old traditional art.

The small Panflute has 10 notes: C - D#
The large Panflute has 15 notes: G - G

indio panflute medium

small panflute

Indio panflute small

Indio panflute large

a littel bit larger ocarina


The ocarina is a small clay flute with a recorder mouthpiece.

Clay flutes have been known for several thousand years. Usually they were just simple pipes with 1 to 3 tones. They had a protective character and were used as talismans. Newborns and unbaptized children were given a clay pipe to protect them from evil spirits. Ultimately, bird figures on the chimney or the bird-like handle on the lid of a soup tureen can also be traced back to a pipe that was supposed to protect the house or the food from evil influences. Often these pipes were shaped like animals, mostly as birds or roosters, but also as horses, bulls, owls and much more.

The pipes were used as children's toys for a long time and were popular at festivals and fairs. Mostly bird calls were imitated. The clay flute did not develop as a real flute until the last century. An Italian potter formed a flute out of clay, the shape of which was held transversely and had a beak as a mouthpiece. This shape made the flute look a bit like a little duck, which in Italian means ocarina. This is how the clay flutes got their name, which then became internationally accepted.

Today there are many forms and variants of the ocarina. The number of finger holes, the fingerings and the range can vary widely. There are single-part flutes, but also two- and three-part flutes. There are small ones with a high tone and large ones with a very deep tone. The ocarina became known and popular again in the 1990s through the computer game Zelda.
As a flute, the ocarina belongs to the vessel flutes. Vessel flutes do not have a tube open at the bottom like most other flutes, but a ball-like closed vessel. Even if the mouthpiece is the same as that of a recorder, the shape of the vessel creates a different vibration and the sound is softer, not as shrill and deeper than one would assume based on the size of the flute.

We manufacture our clay flutes entirely by hand from fine white ceramic mass. So with every flute you have a unique piece in your hands.
After shaping and designing with glass and glaze raw materials, the flute is tuned chromatically with six finger holes and covers the range of an octave. The different sizes create flutes in all imaginable basic moods.

The firing temperature of over 1100 degrees Celsius gives it enough strength to withstand the occasional blows caused by wearing it without losing quality. The dimensions of the flutes are around 25 mm for the smallest ones up to a flute of 100 mm diameter that is barely tangible.
The flute always comes with a leather cord to hang around your neck, as well as instructions with fingering chart for the clay flute and further information about the manufacture of the clay flute and the history of the clay flute.

Die Brenntemperatur von über 1100 Grad Celsius gibt ihr genügend Festigkeit, durch das Tragen verursachte gelegentliche Schläge wegzustecken, ohne an Qualität zu verlieren. Die Maße der Flöten liegen bei cirka 25 mm für die Kleinste bis hinauf zu einer gerade noch greifbaren Flöte von 100 mm Durchmesser.
Zur Flöte gehört stets die Lederschnur zum Umhängen sowie eine Spielanleitung mit Grifftabelle und weiteren Informationen über Herstellung und Geschichte der Tonflöte.

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