Santos Mahogany Ebony Professional Quena 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.
Mouthpiece: Ebony (ebano). Ebony is rated as being very durable, with good resistance to termites and other insects. Occasionally dark brown or grayish-brown streaks may be presentBody: Made of Incienso (Santos Mahogany, Cabreuva, balsamo, kina, quina) Scientific Name: Myroxylon balsamum
Color/Appearance: There is a fair degree of color variation between boards of Santos Mahogany, ranging from a lighter golden brown to a darker purplish red or burgundy. The color tends to turn more red/purple with age. Quartersawn sections can show a striped or ribbon pattern.
Grain/Texture: Grain is usually interlocked, with a medium to fine texture. Good natural luster.
Rot Resistance: Rated as very durable in regards to decay resistance.
Odor: Santos Mahogany has a very distinctive spicy scent when being worked. Trees from the Myroxylon genus are used to make Balsam of Peru, an ingredient used in perfumes.
Comments: Despite its name, Santos Mahogany is not really related to true Mahogany (Swietenia genus), nor is it even in the Meliaceae family, as is the case with African Mahogany (Khaya genus) and Spanish Cedar (Cedrela odorata). Santos Mahogany can have a Mahogany-like appearance, though it is typically much denser, harder, and stronger than true Mahogany—and also much more difficult to work.Santos Mahogany trees, sometimes called Balsamo, are used in the production of the substance called Balsam of Peru, used as a fragrance in perfumes.Flute makerAngel 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.