Palanca

 

I am copying the Palanca from a private collection in Frankfurt. My copy is a real eighteenth century flute. I use the mouth hole and bore as precisely as I can but believe to have found back the original intonation which is amazing!

Picture of the original.SPALANCA

For the owner the pitches are 417/427/435 Hz However, for most players the pitches are essentially higher, about 421, 431 and 439Hz.
I have recalculated the pitch 421 to 417. So far for everybody this was satisfactory for 415, usually pulling out a little bit of course.

From "The new Langwill index"

Palanca. Carlo (b 1688/90;  Torino 23 December1783) maker in Torino 1719-1783.
17I9 until 70 'Suonatore di bassa d'Autbois'(bassoonist) at the Royal Chapel of
Torino' colleague of the famous Besozzi oboist brothers, with whom as maker he was closely associated;
1748 supplied '4 flauti. 3 flagioletti & 2 piffori' for 33 lire; 1755 two ‘raliantini' were ordered from him;
1773 received order from Lisboa Court Chapel for two oboes;
1783 died at age 95. His will is preserved at I-Torino-AST.
MARK: CARLO / PALANCA

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Bernardini in FD 13.22, Wind in Tibia
1/86J8. Youns 1993, Bernardini (private communication).

There still are quite a number of Palanca flutes.

BUT!

Now we know what Palanca really is....saussages!

Palanca

 

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