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YRF21

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The Fife was an enormously popular instrument in the USA during the period from the 1750s until shortly after the end of the Civil War and, because of their prominent use during this period, they have become recognised as a symbol of national heritage.

The Fife is very much a cross between a recorder and a flute, in that, like a flute, you blow across the mouth hole to produce the sound, but, like a recorder, you cover the open holes with your fingers to achieve the different pitches. Still used in some military bands, the Fife is a wonderful instrument, and serves as an excellent starting point to learning the beginnings of good flute technique.

This quality Yamaha Fife produces an excellent tone and is beige in colour. A fingering chart is also included.

Much Better Than You'd Expect0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary East, Alberta
I have played a large variety of wind instruments, including flutes, recorders, fifes, whistles and ocarinas, and am always on the lookout for 1) great design that produces quality tone and playability, and 2) good construction materials, with 3) reasonable cost. Yamaha has obviously taken some extra time to design an effective tone hole and core shape, and used quality manufacturing, to make this instrument that plays remarkably well and produces a tone far better than you'd expect. Don't let the low price fool you. With the great number of high tech plastics making their way into the musical instrument market (and let's forget the lousy plastic out there!), anyone who bothers to take premium design considerations into lesser priced instruments stands to make leaps and bounds ahead of the market. Yamaha aced this design and I can easily say that this model is one of the best surprises I've had in woodwinds. Try searching the wooden woodwind market for top quality headjoint design and quality wood; it's rare and you have to search the world over to get them. Plastics now can be a great choice for woodwinds if the design considerations and expertise are up to the challenge, and the manufacturer doesn't start out with the attitude of just "dumping a cheap instrument" on the market. In this regard, Yamaha is in the same category as Gao, who have also never intended to be flooding the market with low-end quality. If you play woodwinds, Yamaha plastic recorders are also high quality and get great reviews for tone, intonation and playability. It's about hitting all the notes and having tone and control. Buy it yesterday.
Posted by Robert Johnston on Jun 26, 2017
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Great instrument, but not a traditional Fife2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreAbbotsford, British Columbia
I play saxophone, & bought one of these to see if I like flutes. It has a solid sound in C major plus cross-fingered chromatics, meaning it's not in the traditional key for a marching fife. It's really aimed at pre-flautists & makes an excellent camping, picnic, or child-proof instrument. Tone can be beautiful in the right hands - check YT for the model YRF-21. I find I practice more now since I can toss it in a bag or glove box without worry; it feels tougher than my old Aulos recorder & I think I could afford to replace it if I accidentally drop it in a chipper or something.
Posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2015
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It's a true bargain.2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCambridge, Ontario
You really can't go wrong - a fully working instrument for about half the cost of a set of decent guitar strings. It's well crafted, portable, maintenance free & almost indestructible, but most importantly - it plays & sounds quite nice. Technically I'd consider this more of a "travel flute" than an actual fife. A great "starter" instrument for those seeking to properly develop the correct embouchure, as well as a solid travel flute for those seeking a handy "go anywhere" companion.
Posted by Randy B. on Aug 29, 2015
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Literally the best-value instrument *ever*.3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVancouver, British Columbia
Nice sound, excellent tuning, utterly weatherproof: I've owned one of these for 38 years and it's a true road-warrior (though the cleaning wand isn't very tough). ... and in all that time, the price of these things has barely doubled. You can't even say that about *bread*. :-)
Posted by Michael M on Jun 5, 2014
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Can't go wrong3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreScarborough, Ontario
Yamaha builds a great instrument. It's built like a rock, all of the notes sound, and has a quality tone. No it's not a $200 wooden model, but for the beginner or someone looking for an instrument that is durable and weather proof it can't be beat.
Posted by Uncle Jackie on Apr 17, 2013
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