This flute is tuned to the 2/5 Pentatonic scale, made popular by the late Leonard Lone Crow McGann. The finger holes reflect the notes of E, F#, G#, A, B, C# and E. A simple yet complex tuning for a large bore flute in Em. Huangana Negra is a Peruvian hardwood, and this instrument is 23-1/4 inches in overall length. Additional woods include Laotian flamewood between layers of maple veneer and capped with the Huangana Negra, for the mouthpiece, while the fetish is cut from Bolivian pao Ferro, bonded to a base of Oklahoma red cedar, for moisture control.
Inlay begins at the mouthpiece, with a 7x9mm red fresh water pearl, flanked by 4mm abalone dots. The sides of the compression chamber include 22mm disks of the Laotian flamewood, while the area forward from the fetish includes an 8mm black mother of pearl cab, followed by a 14x18mm oval cut Mexican crazy lace agate. The finger holes are accented by four 4mm abalone dots and a 6mm dome cut hematite cab, and lastly, the fetish includes a 5.95mm natural dome cut moonstone set to the crown, with 2.3mm hematite beads set as eyes.
The flute was tuned at 73.5 degrees F, with 66% humidity, at 207 ft. above sea level. The wood temp was 72.8 degrees F.
Overall, I like this instrument although I can’t play it well as it has the potential for 3 different scales, and I need practice. Huangana Negra is one of my favorite tone woods, and the voice of this instrument does not disappoint in that regard. Should I build more of these 2/5 flutes, they will always include my stylized rendition of a lone crow for the fetish. Leonard was a great friend, and I miss him daily.