Type: Aerophones > Flutes > Transverse.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.121.12
Region: Balkans & Eastern Europe.
Description: The strančica, or fajfa, is an old traditional instrument once used in the northwestern area of Croatia [Croatian Zagorje, Podravina and Bilogora]. The name itself indicates a specific way of playing – on the side like the flute. The strančica is a forerunner of today’s flutes.
Construction: It is made of wood, usually of elder wood. Besides the glasnica [a blow hole], it can have six or seven holes for playing. The strančica sometimes had tin-inlay decorations. Although the flute is a more perfect instrument, the strančica is much more interesting because its warm, soft sound comes from live, warm wood and not from cold metal.