banjira Bansuri Flute in Gb 24.75-Inch

Item Specifications:
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Item #: FLPGB
MSRP: $53.90
Your Price: $51.21
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Please be Advised: The pitch indicated for the bansuri means the flute will play that pitch with the first 3 holes covered.  Bansuri flutes are hand crafted from bamboo.  As a result, there may be some bending of the cane so that they are not perfectly straight.  If you require a very straight bansuri flute, our deluxe models are the most straight, and also cost a bit more.

This bansuri flute is in G Flat and is approximately 25.5 inches in length and comes with a drawstring bag. The Bansuri has a mouthpiece that is played in a similar way as the western transverse flute requiring a cross blown embouchure. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with seven holes; six on the front and one on the side or back. The dominate hand plays the lower three holes. The seventh hole is optional and rarely played. Its main purpose is to give greater accuracy in the upper octaves. It may be played on the rare occasion when you need to play the Ni in the lower octave.

Tuning for this model: 

With the top 3 holes closed the note is 4Gb
With all hole closed the note is 4C#
With all the holes open the note is 5C

5C

4Bb

4G#

 

4Gb

4F

4Eb

4C#

#1 Top Hole

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#2

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#3

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#4

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#5

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#6 Bottom

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The bansuri is a transverse flute from India, the word bansuri originates in the Sanskrit with bans meaning bamboo, and sur meaning melody.  It is one of the oldest musical instruments.  All half notes, accidentals and microtones are produced by a unique fingering system. The finger holes have to be precisely covered either fully or half by the phalanxes of the fingers and not by the fingertips. This technique also simplifies the playing of longer bansuris. The standard quality of the Indian bansuris produce a quite beautiful sound, but their tuning is often not exactly to the western standard notes.  It can happen that they sometimes sound slightly out of tune to the western ear.

This Bansuri flute is hand crafted. Becoming a perfect flute maker takes a long time. One must know the materials as well as the craft; and one must have patience. Each flute requires years of preparation and then concentrated attention to details. The Bansuri flutes are made from only one type of bamboo, called cinchor. This bamboo only grows in the interior forests of Assam. Only straight Bamboo of 3 to 4 years old and of the proper diameter can be used. The cut bamboo is then treated, dried and stored for years until it is properly seasoned. The longer it is seasoned the better the flute. The correct notes are achieved by piercing the seasoned bamboo with hot iron rods in precise positions along the length.

Please be advised that the longer the flute, the wider the required finger span. If you have smaller hands, you may be unable to reach all of the finger holes. The following measurements are in inches, and can vary slightly (LH = Left Hand, RH = center Hand).

Model # Length LH 1st-3rd Fingers RH 1st-3rd Fingers
FLPA 22.75” 3.00" 2.50"
FLPAS 22.75” 3.00" 2.50"
FLPC 36.50” 4.25" 4.25"
FLPCS 36.50” 4.25" 4.25"
FLPD 32.25” 4.00" 4.00"
FLPDS 32.25” 4.00" 4.00"
FLPE 29.50” 3.75" 3.65"
FLPF 24.75” 3.25" 3.00"
FLPG 28.50” 3.50" 3.25"
Flute Spacing