Hyperbass Flute

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The hyperbass flute is the largest and lowest instrument in the flute family. It has a range of three octaves, stretching from C2 to C5 and can reach a length of eight feet. Unlike a standard concert flute, the hyperbass flute is constructed from a combination of metals and hardwood. The hyperbass flute is rare and only a handful are known to exist.
History of the Hyperbass Flute
The hyperbass flute is a woodwind instrument that was invented in the 1970s from a need to facilitate a low range sound in flute ensembles. The conceptual premise of a flute in this range had been around since the early 20th century, however Italian flautist Roberto Fabbriciani was among the first and most well-known to realise this creation. The low range of this flute meant that 14 feet of tubing was required to form this design and thus the player had to use the palms of their hands rather than fingers to play. Later designs included keys as well as tone holes. In the early 21st century, the hyperbass flute started to appear as a soloist instrument as players including Roberto Fabbriciani made recordings and concert performances with the instrument. Today, it is still primarily used as a component of large flute ensembles like the Florida flute ensemble.
Inventor: Roberto Fabbriciani

Where to Buy

£1,400 - £8,000

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How to Play

A large flute played by blowing air into the mouthpiece and covering the tone holes to change the pitch of the sound produced.

In Popular Music

The hyperbass flute is a very rare instrument in popular music but is a more recent addition to classical music. The hyperbass flute may have been featured in modern classical and experimental recordings for example 'Mysterium' by Heinz Hoppaus.

Famous Players

Roberto Fabbriciani, Michael Pestel

Close Relations

Subcontrabass Flute, Contrabass Flute
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