Nightingale English Flageolet, Alto-G, Wood and PVC, Handcrafted

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The Nightingale is my interpretation of the English Flageolet of around 1800,
as sold by instrument makers such as William Bainbridge. Crucially, the
Nightingale features a two-chamber design as still featured by the North
American Flute. Beware: many so-called flageolets sold today are really just
tin whistles! The Nightingale is in the key of G (the G above middle C) and is
a tone higher than the modern alto-recorder in F. You can hear the Nightingale
on YouTube here:
(Cut and paste in to your browser)

The Nightingale has seven holes for your fingers: the lowest is offset to be
played by your pinky and gives a G#, a semitone above the lowest note (G). The
extra hole allows a good sounding G# that is in tune without having to
half-hole the lowest hole and also improves the tone of the A, which is
generally weak on tin whistles. To allow both left- and right-handed players to
play the Nightingale, there are two G# holes, one of which is blocked with an
adjustable clip. If you don't want to use the G# feature at all, the clip can
be used to cover both holes, making the fingering the same as a tin whistle.

The Nightingale also has a thumb-hole for an F (flat seventh). Normally the F
has to be obtained by half-holing or cross-fingering. The F note is difficult
to get in tune and often has a weak tone compared to the adjacent note. The
thumb-hole gives a good sounding F that is in tune.

The Nightingale is intended for the key of G major and related keys, including
C, D, G Dorian, G Phrygian, Am and Em. It is actually fully chromatic, with a
fingering chart included, although is not really practical for keys that
require a lot of half-holing and cross-fingering.

Other features include:

* A wooden mouthpiece (beak) with expanding windway.
* A removable barrel section that allows slight adjustment of the tone of the
instrument. The barrel section greatly reduces problems caused by condensation.
* A bell that improves the volume of the lowest notes of each octave.
* Each instrument is hand-made to order, with all notes individually hand
tuned to concert pitch (A=440Hz)

* Since my instruments are handcrafted to order, the processing time will
depend on the number of orders, current workload and other factors such as
lockdowns. Check the estimated delivery time given by Etsy for the current
processing time.
* Sorry, photo props are not included! :-)
* Wooden parts are made from reclaimed timber, or from wood cut from my own
* My standard shipping method is via semi-tracked international airmail.
Delivery is usually less than two weeks, but may take much longer due to the
global pandemic.
* If an order has not arrived within 45 days of shipping notification, contact
me and I will post another.
* Some countries may charge relevant taxes such as GST or VAT and/or further
postal charges
* Specifications may be subject to change without notice.

* Props in the still-life image are NOT included.
* Image attribution for the English and French flageolets: Elemtilas, via

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