Reach And Teach says:
Make beautiful music together with this hand-crafted instrument from Peru. Our friends at JamTown work with local artisans and craftspeople to bring the world amazing musical instruments. We're proud to carry products from JamTown, not only because of their excellent quality and beauty, but because we know that the people making these instruments are paid fairly for their work, and the communities from which these instruments come benefit directly from their sale.
Here's how they describe themselves:
JAMTOWN is a musical place that's not on any map. It's a place you visit when you play live rhythm with your friends; a subtle reminder of the common bond shared by all people. And it's as accessible today as it was thousands of years ago.
About the Product:
This traditional 13-tube Pan Flute features a handsome curved design. It's attactive as a decoration, but these tubes are tuned and especially carved for easy play. Select bamboo pieces are sliced and adjusted to each octave, including sharps and flats. That's careful work by the proud artisans. Quechua and Aymara speaking Indians still depend upon this Pan Flute for ceremonies and important agricultural celebrations. Life is difficult for people living in the cold climate of the 'Altiplano' highlands. From Ecuador to Bolivia, the tribes share many traits. Around the year 900 AD, these people flourished until the conquest by Pizarro of Spain in 1532. Their strong beliefs and unbreakable spirit kept many traditions alive, like the Pan Flute. They play three other types of flutes - each for a different season of the year.
Example of how Pan Flute is played (your results, of course, will vary) video: