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Quena

Quena Flutes

The quena (pronounced kay-nah) is a traditional flute of the Andes. It is in the key of G, has six holes and a thumb hole and plays the diatonic major (do re mi) scale. It is known for it’s distinct dark timber and strong voice.

The traditional quena designs are often difficult to play in the second octave, requiring a very powerful embouchure, and having a tendency to be slightly flat at the top of the scale. The design of my new wooden quenas addresses these issues by introducing a taper into the bore to achieve a higher level of optimization.

By tapering the bore, both the intonation and the response of the flute are dramatically improved, and easier access to the second octave is achieved. So they have the classic quena sound with the added advantage of balanced tuning and smoother response.

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NEW! Black Walnut Quena, Key of G

$300.00

Black Walnut Quena, Key of G. Tapered bore for enhanced projection and superior tuning.

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.

NEW! Black Walnut Quena, Key of G

$300.00

Black Walnut Quena, Key of G. Tapered bore for enhanced projection and superior tuning.

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.

NEW! Bocote Quena, Key of G

$320.00

Bocote Quena, Key of G. Tapered bore for enhanced projection and superior tuning.

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.

NEW! Bocote Quena, Key of G

$320.00 (out of stock)

Bocote Quena, Key of G. Tapered bore for enhanced projection and superior tuning.

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.

NEW! Bocote Quena, Key of G

$320.00 (out of stock)

Bocote Quena, Key of G. Tapered bore for enhanced projection and superior tuning.

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.

NEW! Cocobolo Quena, Key of G (domestic sale only)

$320.00

Cocobolo Quena, Key of G. Tapered bore for enhanced projection and superior tuning. Due to CITIES regulations can only be shipped within the U.S.

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.

NEW! Cocobolo Quena, Key of G (domestic sale only)

$320.00 (out of stock)

Cocobolo Quena, Key of G. Tapered bore for enhanced projection and superior tuning. Due to CITIES regulations can only be shipped within the U.S.

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.

NEW! Curly Maple Quena, Key of G

$320.00 (out of stock)

Curly Maple Quena, Key of G. Tapered bore for enhanced projection and superior tuning.

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.

NEW! Curly Maple Quena, Key of G

$320.00 (out of stock)

Curly Maple Quena, Key of G. Tapered bore for enhanced projection and superior tuning.

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.

NEW! Roasted Curly Maple Quena, Key of G

$320.00 (out of stock)

Roasted Curly Maple Quena, Key of G. Tapered bore for enhanced projection and superior tuning.

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.

NEW! Smokey Ebonite Quena, Key of G

$400.00 (out of stock)

Smokey Ebonite Quena, Key of G, Tapered bore for enhanced projection and superior tuning.

For players unfamiliar with ebonite, I strongly encourage you to read my blog entry on the subject. It is a truly amazing material for woodwinds of all kinds, and it is all-natural (not plastic or synthetic). Waterproof, stable and demonstrating superior acoustic properties.

Making ebonite is as much art as science, and colored ebonite is very expensive (but worth it!), and the finishing process is much more labor intensive than wood. The extra cost for materials and labor is reflected in the price of these flutes.

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