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Yamaha YRF-21 Plastic Fife Recorder


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It's a fife, NOT a "recorder!"


from Krum, Texas

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  • Cheap
  • Plays In Tune
  • Well Made


  • No Double Holes
  • Nonstandard Liplate

Best Uses

  • Just For Fun

First, this little instrument is most definitely NOT a recorder! It is not end-blown, but side-blown -- a huge difference. (I am also a recorder player.)

I was impressed by the careful workmanship on the fife -- clean holes, flashing removed, etc. Also, it played well in tune without much "lipping."

But I didn't like the "wave" lip plate at all. I found it to be a great hindrance to getting a good sound, though I suppose a beginner might think otherwise. Had I not given mine to the child of a friend, I would have sanded the "waves" off, which I found made a piccolo with such a lip plate sound much better -- for my trained embouchure, anyway.

I'd buy another of these fifes just for playing Irish ditties and such -- IF it came with a standard lip plate option, which unfortunately it doesn't.

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