Bass flutes are the lowest-pitched member of the flute family. They are tuned one octave below the concert flute in the key of C, with a range from C3 to F#6. They are approximately 146 centimeters long, with a curved head joint to make the mouthpiece or embouchure accessible. They are commonly used in small ensembles, such as flute choirs, because their sound is too soft to be heard in larger groups.
Types of Bass Flutes
Kinds of Bass Flutes include the following:
Silver bass flutes
Silver bass flutes may be made of pure sterling silver or silver-plated nickel. They have excellent sound resonance and are fairly audible in large venues.
Brass bass flutes
Brass bass flutes are lighter and have a warmer, richer sound than silver flutes. Some models have wooden hand rests and nickel silver lip plates.
Choosing Bass Flutes (Buying tips)
Embouchure: Choose a bass flute with a properly sized mouthpiece. The blow hole should be wide enough for the air to resonate but small enough to keep air from escaping. Make sure the lip plate is moisture-resistant and feels comfortable against your lip.
Finger keys: Look for a bass flute with finger keys that are properly spaced and accessible from your playing position. Make sure you can reach the farthest key without shifting the instrument of outstretching your arm.