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Yamaha YRF-21 Fife  

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Fife, key of C, German fingering, 2-piece construction.


 

YRF-21 Fife Specifications:

  • Key of C
  • 2-piece construction
  • German Fingering
  • Includes Carrying Bag, Fingering Chart and Owner's Manual
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YamahaYRF-21 Fife
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent, invaluable

This is not necessarily a true fife. It is really a unique instrument with a fairly unique tone, a sort of hybrid between a recorder and flute. It shares many of the better aspects...Read complete review

This is not necessarily a true fife. It is really a unique instrument with a fairly unique tone, a sort of hybrid between a recorder and flute. It shares many of the better aspects of both instruments- like the flute you can control pitch independent of volume, the C major scale is fingered the same logical way as the flute. Like the plastic soprano recorder it is very small/portable, and likewise very inexpensive. Like both the flute and recorder it overblows at the octave (using half-hole LH thumb like the recorder). It seems to be an ideal instrument for children transitioning from recorder to flute (as the finger holes are similar to a recorder and the blowing technique required is similar to the flute). Once the blowing and fingering techniques are learned, this instrument is very dynamic and responsive with a very nice range similar to the soprano recorder. One slight drawback- the instrument is fully chromatic, but D#s (and the low C#) are more difficult to produce than the other tones as they requires a half hole, and their tone is thus inferior. And of course it produces its accidentals (in C major) in a similar manner to the recorder, manly using cross fingerings (but unlike the 'baroque' recorder notes 'F' and 'C' are fingered like the flute, simple, with no cross fingering). Also, unlike the recorder it doesn't have double holes on 'C' and 'D' to produce C# and D#, so they must be produced by other means. This addition would be a huge improvement. A fine instrument, you must get one or two. It comes with a fingering chart and bag. One more comment- I wish Yamaha would also produce a sopranino and alto version of this 'fife' (technically it might be considered a transverse recorder), a garklein, and even tenor would be nice too. If Yamaha produced double holed soprano, sopranino, and alto 'transverse recorders' in this "Yamaha Fife" style, it would be a minor revolution in instrument making. Just imagine, a family of 3-5 flutes, INCREDIBLY inexpensive, able to play the most simple or complex music desired, with a fine range and dynamic control??? Yamaha needs to make these, and launch an ambitious marketing program behind them. I'd even be willing to write a method book and ensemble book for them!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Inexpensive and durable pre-flute instrument

This is an inexpensive instrument for those who are interested in playing the flute. I've read about teachers using this to find out if the flute is right for their students. Takes alot of ...Read complete review

This is an inexpensive instrument for those who are interested in playing the flute. I've read about teachers using this to find out if the flute is right for their students. Takes alot of practice for a recorder player like me to make notes on this. Maybe I just need more practice, but as of now I can't play C# on it. The other notes are fine though.

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5.0

Love it!

By flutey

from Guthrie, OK

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Play
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound
  • Warm Tone

Cons

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      Comments about Yamaha YRF-21 Fife:

      Thanks for being so quick to send these to me. It is so appreciated.

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      5.0

      Bought this to have enough to qualify for free shipping, and I'm glad I did.

      Comments about Yamaha YRF-21 Fife:

      For the price, you can't go wrong.

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      5.0

      Awesome portable instrument!

      By Happy-2gq0H

      from South Carolina

      Comments about Yamaha YRF-21 Fife:

      First thing, with all due respect, this "is" a fife, it is "not" a "transverse recorder". I am happy that it is being listed as a "fife" as that is what the instrument is. I had one about 13 years ago, this exact model and it was stolen from me. I am so happy that MF sells it.. and the price is so grate, "with" free shipping! I would recommend this, over and over again.

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      5.0

      Not what I was looking for

      By Tommy

      from South Carolina

      Comments about Yamaha YRF-21 Fife:

      i gave this a solid 5 rating, but only because of past experience with MF and Yamaha instruments.i wish i had read the reviews before making this purchase.. I wanted an inexpensive traditional fife, not a transverse recorder. i'll pass this along to one of the neighborhood kids and continue my hunt.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Where have these been hiding.

      By Michael Timpson

      from Florida

      Comments about Yamaha YRF-21 Fife:

      Remarkably great quality--not cheap Chinese stuff, but made in Japan. In tune, much easier to play than piccolo. Lightweight, easy to carry everywhere. Bought one for my daughter--had to buy another since I wanted one for myself.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent, invaluable

      Comments about Yamaha YRF-21 Fife:

      This is not necessarily a true fife. It is really a unique instrument with a fairly unique tone, a sort of hybrid between a recorder and flute. It shares many of the better aspects of both instruments- like the flute you can control pitch independent of volume, the C major scale is fingered the same logical way as the flute. Like the plastic soprano recorder it is very small/portable, and likewise very inexpensive. Like both the flute and recorder it overblows at the octave (using half-hole LH thumb like the recorder). It seems to be an ideal instrument for children transitioning from recorder to flute (as the finger holes are similar to a recorder and the blowing technique required is similar to the flute). Once the blowing and fingering techniques are learned, this instrument is very dynamic and responsive with a very nice range similar to the soprano recorder. One slight drawback- the instrument is fully chromatic, but D#s (and the low C#) are more difficult to produce than the other tones as they requires a half hole, and their tone is thus inferior. And of course it produces its accidentals (in C major) in a similar manner to the recorder, manly using cross fingerings (but unlike the 'baroque' recorder notes 'F' and 'C' are fingered like the flute, simple, with no cross fingering). Also, unlike the recorder it doesn't have double holes on 'C' and 'D' to produce C# and D#, so they must be produced by other means. This addition would be a huge improvement. A fine instrument, you must get one or two. It comes with a fingering chart and bag. One more comment- I wish Yamaha would also produce a sopranino and alto version of this 'fife' (technically it might be considered a transverse recorder), a garklein, and even tenor would be nice too. If Yamaha produced double holed soprano, sopranino, and alto 'transverse recorders' in this "Yamaha Fife" style, it would be a minor revolution in instrument making. Just imagine, a family of 3-5 flutes, INCREDIBLY inexpensive, able to play the most simple or complex music desired, with a fine range and dynamic control??? Yamaha needs to make these, and launch an ambitious marketing program behind them. I'd even be willing to write a method book and ensemble book for them!

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      4.0

      This is a Transverse Recorder

      By southpawami

      from CO, US

      Comments about Yamaha YRF-21 Fife:

      This yamaha is a tranverse recorder, not a traditional fife. The recorder fingering was the most advanced fingering before mechanical modern day keying on instruments. Being holed rather than mechanical covering, transverse recorders have little maintenance in good ones when compared to modern instruments, whether they are plastic or not. Also, note any change in volume should not affect whether you are in key or not on instruments where the air is split manually. So, there are a lot of things going for this design. Except that it's made for small hands. Big hands will find this Yamaha very uncomfortable to play for long periods of time. Unfortunately, the transverse recorder design is not taken seriously as a real instrument, but rather only as an instrument to introduce kids to. This Yamaha is arguably the most affordable and easiest to purchase transverse recorder out there. However, if you want a traditional fife, get a Cooperman.

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      5.0

      Who needs a Picolo?

      By Hollyviolins

      from Beanblossom IN

      Comments about Yamaha YRF-21 Fife:

      This is the best musical value on this site- what a great fun little instrument! It fingers and plays much like a flute or a recorder- and includes a fingering chart- Adjusting the lips gives you a higher octave-I brought several and carry one around in my car almost everywhere- Nylon plastic with no moving parts- it's virtual indestructible- and the Yahama quality you expect- At this price- you gotta get this!

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      3.0

      Inexpensive and durable pre-flute instrument

      By James-t6KZi

      from Las Vegas, NV

      Comments about Yamaha YRF-21 Fife:

      This is an inexpensive instrument for those who are interested in playing the flute. I've read about teachers using this to find out if the flute is right for their students. Takes alot of practice for a recorder player like me to make notes on this. Maybe I just need more practice, but as of now I can't play C# on it. The other notes are fine though.

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      5.0

      Awsome fife

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Yamaha YRF-21 Fife:

      Nice clear tone.Sounds beautiful. Awesome with the guitar and praise music. C# hard to play. F# a little out of tune.Takes a couple of hours to get a strong tone.FUN!Great buy for the money.

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