The Quena, queen of flutes,

Model of my quena

     When it comes to simplicity, it is hard to beat the quena.   It is nothing but a hollow tube with 6 holes in the top with a notched end, and a thumb hole on the bottom.   You may notice that the notched end resembles the lower half of the penny whistle fipple; only the mouth piece and air channel are missing.   Some people can not even make a sound from this instrument, but in the hands of a master, it can bring tears to your eyes.   In my opinion it is the most expressive of all the flute family.   The notch is the secret and it's width, length, angle, edge sharpness and position, etc. all have an effect on the playing and the sound of the instrument.


(rendered models)