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Nominal pitch: C. English/Renaissance fingering. Technical description: [boxwood]; 2|sections (head and body); 7|finger-holes plus small thumb-hole; finger-holes increase in size from L1 through to R3 (assuming left hand uppermost), with R4 similar in size to L3; broad, wide windway; 2|brass ferrules; metal tuning-slide; bore has a pronounced flare outwards from R1 finger-hole to foot. Usable pitch: sounding A₄ c|454|Hz. Performance characteristics: range C₄|-|G₅ (sounding C₅|-|G₆); plays with small, rather muffled sound in present condition; built in imitation of a Renaissance recorder, the instrument plays with mostly English fingerings, but some notes respond better with Renaissance fingerings (e.g. upper D with all holes open).

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped with a crown and "RUDALL / CARTE & CO LTD / 23 BERNERS STREET / OXFORD STREET / LONDON".
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.221.12 Open flutes with internal duct with fingerholes
  • Repository:Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Measurements:Overall size: 308. Sounding length: 281.