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.