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Fife in B-flat

This instrument was issued to W. H. Sayle (CH 13806). It is a side-blown flute with conical bore, commonly called fife in the military jargon, made of boxwood in two sections (head and body) and brass ferrules. It has one flat, round-cup brass key mounted on a raised ring, with flat spring attached to key. It has an oval embouchure hole. Nominal pitch: B-flat.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on head: [crown] / IMPROVED / MILITARY / BAND / FLUTE / LONDON / B b / 6
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:421.121.12 Open side-blown flutes with fingerholes
  • Repository:National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Measurements:Length: 393mm