Hardwood Kenacho

Also spelled Quenacho (Spanish) The Kenacho is identical to the Kena, only longer (20 inches) and is tuned to the key of D Major. The Kenacho has other names depending upon region: Mama-Kena, Choquela, Kena-Kena to name a few. The Kenacho is deeper and more mellow in timbre than the standard Kena. The embouchure is the same but some players may find the distance between holes on the flute (and the required finger-stretch) to be something of a challenge. I usually recommend beginners start with the standard Kena and afterwards proceed to the larger Kenacho.

In the last 20 years or so, many flute makers in Bolivia have been introduced to high speed lathes. This has allowed artisans to make flutes out of native hardwoods with precision bores. Our flutes are lathed out of jacaranda, a Bolivian rosewood. These are gorgeous Kenachos tuned to the key of D Major. Many people ask if there is a notable sound difference compared to the bamboo. The difference is subtle and hard to put into words. What people like about hardwood is its durability and subsequent longevity (bamboo can sometimes crack). Because wood is a denser material, it does not expand and contract with temperature changes the way bamboo can. Extreme heat and cold can make a bamboo flute seems flat or sharp relative to concert pitch. Hardwoods are more resistant to these changes. If your looking for a high quality hardwood Kena at a reasonable price, this instrument is sure to bring you years of satisfaction.

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