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Product ID: 130411

Fair Trade Peruvian Quena Flute with Case, "Song of the Andes"

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Jacaranda wood lends its extraordinary beauty to this quena flute. Crafted by... more

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Jacaranda wood lends its extraordinary beauty to this quena flute. Crafted by hand, it is a legacy of the Inca, an indispensable instrument in today's traditional Peruvian music. Benito Tito perforates holes of different widths to ensure a sweet sound and tunes it to 440. The mouthpiece is carved from bone and its case emulates pre-Hispanic textiles.

  • 0.12 kgs
  • 0.3 lbs
  • 37 cm H x 2.5 cm Diam.
  • 14.5" H x 1" Diam.

  • Jacaranda wood, cow bone, acrylic case
  • Carrying case included
  • Each artwork is unique -- wood grain, color, and pattern will differ slightly from picture
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
Gift Info
  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? No

Reviews by Customers

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25

From New Westminster - Canada

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01/10/2020

"Beautiful and very well made"

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A good Quena but definitely not a professional one. The C hole and the thumb hole are slight to the right compared to the other holes, while it should, if not straight, slightly to the left. Also, the G hole is slight to the left when it should be slightly to the right. The instrument would be a good option to a left person, although it is not totally in tune. The misalignment of those hole cause an uncomfortable playing.

Best Uses

  • Play Bossa Nova

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Song of the Andes, Fair Trade Peruvian Quena Flute with Case

Verified Reviewer

04/29/2017

"Tuned bone mouth Jacaranda Quena"

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Quena and carrying case are beautiful, very well made, the service was excellent and the instrument arrived exactly when expected. I am new to playing quena, professional on other instruments. This instrument plays in tune. With my beginning player skill level I got an F# major scale for the bottom octave (the instrument will play higher with a more skilled player). Therefore I was able to play Amazing Grace in B major, using the bottom octave of the quena. The tip to use the pinkie to hold the quena when the holes are uncovered came in very handy for the top notes of the song. The quena is resonant and produces a wonderful rich tone. My daughter loved it so the quena is hers now. I need to save up for one for me or borrow it back! Thank you Benito for making this wonderful instrument. We love it. I hope you are able to continue making traditional instruments.

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Song of the Andes, Fair Trade Peruvian Quena Flute with Case

From Ohio, U.S.A.

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06/20/2016

"A Cherished Gift"

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Awesome and authentic work of art.

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Son
  • Occasion: Christmas

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Song of the Andes, Fair Trade Peruvian Quena Flute with Case

Verified Reviewer

08/28/2018

"Very well crafted!"

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This is a beautiful flute, kind of a medium chocolate brown with dark stripes. The flute body is crafted all in one piece. The bone mouth piece is smooth and glossy. It sounds wonderful and with more practice I will sound good also. Thank you very much for making this flute I love it very much!

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Song of the Andes, Fair Trade Peruvian Quena Flute with Case

From Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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07/31/2018

"Well made"

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Love it now only if i can play it better.

Best Uses

  • making music and making wife upset due to my non knowledge of working it

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Song of the Andes, Fair Trade Peruvian Quena Flute with Case

Verified Reviewer

07/31/2018

"Flute"

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Wonderful artistic instrument. It is a great addition to my wind instruments.

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well made highly artistic cover

Best Uses

  • musical expressions

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Song of the Andes, Fair Trade Peruvian Quena Flute with Case

From Pennsylvania

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02/13/2020

"I am very excited to learn how to use the pipes!"

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I loved receiving my Andean pipes! They were contained in a lovely carrying case and the pipes themselves were meticulously cut and bound together. My only problem is that I do not know how to play them! I was able to get some soft notes out of them which was great, but I clearly need instruction. It would be wonderful if the very skilled artisan, Benito Tito, could put together a beginner?s guide to help someone like me get started. I would be very willing to pay extra for a beginner?s guide to using the pipes written by an expert like Benito Tito.

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02/12/2020

"Great authentic addition to my home"

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My Grandson has already mastered playing it. Beautifully made.

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Song of the Andes, Fair Trade Peruvian Quena Flute with Case

Verified Reviewer

01/06/2020

"Perfect Gift"

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Son loved this for Christmas. He was very impressed with the workmanship and it tunes and plays as expected. Now he just needs to find a way to display. Thank you!

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08/06/2019

"5 stars forsure"

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Great piece of art beautiful. Had an issue with order but customer service was quick to fix it. Very pleased with this flute it is functional and working on learning to play it still

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Beautiful

Best Uses

  • New hobby learning to play a new musical instrument

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Song of the Andes, Fair Trade Peruvian Quena Flute with Case

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04/23/2019

"Finely crafted"

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I prefer this size over the traditional Japanese shakuhachi for easier handling; very nice woven carrying case.

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04/20/2019

"The finger holes are bigger than what photo shows"

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The big finger holes make too difficult to play...

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

For generations, the Tito family legacy has helped to preserve the musical traditions of the Peruvian Andes. The art of crafting musical instruments to produce the haunting music indigenous to this region has been passed from father to son. Benito is now an elder master. He embraces every opportunity to teach younger artisans the vast array of skills required to handcraft a musical instrument and proudly incorporates local materials, such as jungle bamboo, into his designs.

Now in his seventies, Benito has had cataract surgery but now faces glaucoma. Work is more difficult for him but he refuses to give up. The income from the sales of his musical instruments help him care for his wife who can no longer care for herself, pay for his grandchildren’s education and maintain his dignity. He is grateful that the orders for his work have increased since joining Novica.

Whenever Benito has a large order or many orders to fill at the same time, he hires other craftspeople to help him. He especially likes to give work to those who are from his hometown of Puno - he likes to be able to share the income this work brings with others in his community.

Now in his seventies, Benito is entirely dependent upon Novica sales. The income derived from the sales of his musical instruments support him, his wife and his grandchildren. He also gives work to other artisans when he needs help to meet the demand for his work.

As Benito's sales have grown through Novica, he has been able to hire other artisans to help meet the demand for his handcrafted instruments. He has trained many of them in this traditional craft and prides himself on preserving this traditional Peruvian art form.

Now in his seventies, Benito lives with one of his children and their children. Their parents provide for their children's food and clothing and Benito proudly pays for his grandchildren's education, even though he often struggles to do so.

Benito Tito has received a $450 microcredit loan with 0% interest. Proceeds were used to purchase wood, strings and accessories for his musical instruments.

This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.

 
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