Small Bore Models
We recommend either the Traditional Model or the Concert Model fife for almost all purposes, as these are the instruments that have the best possible intonation given the design limitations imposed by the nature of a fife (that is, no key system). There are those who wish to portray various eras in history with a particular focus, as well as those who have developed a fondness for some older design fifes that are no longer being made. These models are created to sit these musicians. For material and key information, see Basics.
This fife is patterned on antiques in our collection, notably Hall and Firth Pond fifes, and shares a bore style with these and the Cloos fifes of the Civil War era, as well as the Gerrary fifes of the mid-20th century. We call this a “small bore Bb model”, because the old style straight bore is smaller than that of our Traditional Model fife. The small bore leads to some noticeable intonation problems; the trade-off is that the highest notes of the upper register are easier to reach than with the other model fifes. It’s been said that these small bore style fifes were popular in Civil War times, because it was important to quickly train the young fifers so they could play the duty calls. In any case, the “small bore Bb” maintains a following to this day because of the lingering influences of the Cloos factory fifes, and later makers who followed in that style. The Veteran Fifer Model fife has a simple profile and short brass ferrules, with a round embouchure hole and plain-edge finger holes. Each fife is crafted of the finest intrument grade material, and packaged in a wooden slider top box with a cleaning rod.
ROSEWOOD VETERAN FIFER MODEL
GRENADILLA VETERAN FIFER MODEL
This fife is musically the same as our Veteran Fifer Model, but has an updated simple silhouette with short pewter ferrules. This model is favored by fifers who like the “small bore Bb” style fife but want a more visually distinctive instrument. . Each fife is crafted of the finest intrument grade material, with a round embouchure hole and plain-edge finger holes. and packaged in a wooden slider top box with a cleaning rod.
ROSEWOOD STONY CREEK MODEL
GRENADILLA STONY CREEK MODEL
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