Re: Neandertal flute

Robert Gotschall (
Sun, 03 Nov 1996 16:59:45 -0800

Lee Thompson-Herbert wrote:
> Well-crafted would be a comment on how the instrument _plays_,
> not any decoration on it. Flutes with 2 and 3 holes are still
> played today for indian and british isles music. They're just
> not as common as the 6 hole (timber) and keyed flutes.
> When speaking of an instrument, _playability_ is the measure of
> the craftsman. I've seen far too many "pretty" instruments that
> are unplayable.

Yes, the mere fact that it may be a musical instrument is at least as
significant as its structural details.