Type: Aerophones > Flute > Duct.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.211.12
Regions: Eastern Europe.
Description: The dentsivka [in Ukrainian: Денцівка pronounced: Denchivka] it is a woodwind musical instrument. The dentsivka is often commonly called a sopilka. However, It differs from the true sopilka in that the dentsivka has a fipple. Analogous to the western European recorder. It is classified as a duct flute.
Construction: Usually it is made from a wooden tube approximately 30 cm to 40 cm [12 inch to 16 inch] in length. Additional tone holes are cut or burnt into the wood and a fipple is added at the front end. If the fipple is in the top of the instrument on the same plane as the playing holes, instead of the underside, the instrument is a kosa dudka [in Ukrainian: Коса дудка].
The internal diameter is usually 12 to 14 mm [0.4 to 0.5 in] with the walls of the tube being 2 mm to 3 mm [0.08 inches to 0.12 Inches] thick. In traditional instruments the tuning varied based on the length of the tube. The scale of the dentsivka was usually diatonic. Having a range of two and a half octaves.