Quena: Black Guayacan Lignum Vitae with Ebony in G
- Lacquered outside and inside to protect instrument.
- Professional tuning using Tune!It software.
- Internal diameter measured at the top is approximately 0.67 to 0.71 inches.
- Key: G
- 440 Hz.
- Finger holes are big to augment sonority of quena.
Body: Made of Guayacan. Lignum Vitae (Guaiacum officinale)
Color/Appearance: Heartwood color can range from a pale yellowish olive, to a deeper forest green or dark brown to almost black. Grain has a unique feathered pattern when viewed up close. The color tends to darken with age, especially upon exposure to light. Color of genuine Lignum Vitae tends to be darker than that of Argentine Lignum Vitae.
Grain/Texture: Grain is interlocked, sometimes severely so. Has a very fine texture and an oily feel. Bare wood can be polished to a very fine luster due to its high natural oil content.
Rot Resistance: Lignum Vitae is reported to be very durable for outdoor use and is also very resistant to insect attack.
Comments: Lignum Vitae is regarded by most to be both the heaviest and hardest wood in the world. Its durability in submerged or ground-contact applications is also exceptional. Lignum Vitae has been used for propeller shaft bearings on ships, and its natural oils provide self-lubrication that gives the wood excellent wear resistance.
Mouthpiece: Ebony and maple
Angel Sampedro del Rio lives in Argentina and has been making bamboo instruments since 1985. Angel has been a member and secretary of the Argentine Association of Instrument Makers and has won numerous awards. Throughout his career he has participated in a number of expos and has written articles and collaborated in acoustic instrument research.