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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:00 am 
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Hi all,

I have recently and with great difficulty managed to buy a luthier made Ronroco, big brother or sister to the Bolivian Charango, 10 strings in 2 courses, some octave pairs and some in unison,
anyway I was seduced by the sound of the music that film music composer Gustavo Santaolalla, who made the Ronroco very popular over the last 10 or so years, with scores for Brokeback mountain, 21 grams, and the playstation game The last of us, anyway there is a clip link below of the Gustavo and his talented band, at 1:03 the fiddle and guitarist plays what looks like a whistle, the holes are very low down and quite close, would this be a Quena adapted with a fipple, also just so you experience the sound of a Ronroco, jump to 28:10 and Gustavo starts to play it there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh05ckDVj8Q&t=1112s

greatfull for any help on Identification, and if your after a Ronroco, and your in the USA then you can get them from Boliviamall, not sure about Cites as they use Jacaranda and rosewood on the fretboard, I waited months for a used one to come up for sale, then found one in Spain that was custom made for the guy I bought it off, as there is three types of tuning and scale lengths from 42cm to 50cm and strings are also a bugger to get.

cheers sponge :D


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:55 pm 
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That's a good question regarding the Quena. I can't really tell if there is a fipple or something else. The positioning is a little low-angled, which suggests a fipple. The tone sounds breathy, which suggests regular quena top, but it takes some practice to play the quena well, so it would be reasonable to have an adaptation to make it easier.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:09 am 
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If you look at about 1:37 it looks pretty clearly to be a fipple flute of some type.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:21 pm 
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I'm pretty sure it is a fipple , trying to find images of various size quena flutes, as I still think the low holes still look odd.


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