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After originals by members of the Bassano family (Venice and/or London, fl. c.1531-1658) in Brussels and in the Biblioteca Capitolare, Verona.

Bassano consort in natural maple, A=425

The Instruments

The Bassano flutes are identified by a maker's mark consisting of pairs of silkworm moths or rabbit's feet. They have a relatively narrow bore and thin walls, making them easy to play with rapid articulation and in the high register.

The original tenor flutes on which our consort is based play without transposing at a=408. Another way to look at this is that the instruments sound one tone below the cornetts, playing as it were in C at a=460. Bassano flutes at other pitches, including the rare (for flutes) cornett pitch (a=460) are also extant. The bass is based on an instrument at a=425, a semitone below the cornetts.

We can supply Bassano consorts to play at any or all of the pitches described below. Our consort consists of five flutes: a bass (lowest note G), and four tenor/altos (lowest note D). A discant (lowest note G) which we have invented in the absence of any suitable original, is available separately.

Audio sample Audio sample

Le Concert Virtuel (Ardal Powell, tenor flute; Ardal Powell, tenor flute; Ardal Powell, tenor flute; Ardal Powell, bass flute; Bassano consort in boxwood at a=420).
Ludwig Senfl, So ich Herzlieb from Frische teutsche Liedlein (Nuremburg: Georg Forster, 1539). Recording made for this web site on 11-24-01, enhanced with acoustic signature of Hudson Opera House, Hudson NY.
Time: 1 minute 43 seconds Size: 4 Mbytes 16 bit stereo 44.1 KHz sampling

For slow connections there's also a Real Media version, 419 Kbytes, with lower sound quality.

Fingering Charts

PDF file Tenor flute

PDF file Bass flute

Ordering options

For perfect matching of pitch, intonation, and appearance, we recommend you order our consort flutes as a set. You can order them one at a time if you prefer, but they are not meant for playing by themselves of with other (non-flute) instruments. A flute after Rafi we recommend for solo or mixed-consort use is on its own page.

Set configuration

Consort GDDDD (recommended)
Single tenor (D)
Single discant (G)
Single bass (G)


Pitch Help with pitches



Doubled holes 3 and 6 on bass




Total Price

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