From Wikipedia: ”The bansuri is a transverse flute of India traditionally made from a single hollow shaft of bamboo with six or seven finger holes. An ancient musical instrument associated with cowherds and the pastoral tradition, it is intimately linked to the love story of Krishna and Radha and is also depicted in Buddhist paintings from around 100 CE.”
This new line of wooden bansuri are modern, fusion instruments that offer more robust tone development and freedom from cracking that is often associated with bamboo instruments. These flutes are six hole versions made from a selection of hardwoods with a lip plate made from black ebonite.
Available tunings are:
Bass Tonic E, Key of B
Bass Tonic F, Key of C
Tonic G, Key of D (suitable for beginners)
Tonic A, Key of E (suitable for beginners)
Tonic C, Key of G (suitable for beginners)
Listen to the amazing Joshua Geisler demonstrate the different tunings below:
Curly Maple (dyed) with African Blackwood lip plate.
For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes
Listen below to the incomparable Joshua Geisler demonstrate a raga on an Ellis bansuri in E.
The African blackwood lip plate on these flutes is a rosewood and therefore falls under the CITIES index. Future bansuri will be made with polished black ebonite (natural hard rubber) lip plates.
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