Tianjin Bamboo Xiao (Chinese Vertical Flute)

Special - available only from Amcan Imports

Amcan Imports is proud to offer this hand-crafted professional quality Chinese end-blown flute.

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This beautiful professional grade Chinese vertical flute was handcrafted from choice select violet bamboo by the best traditional flute master in Tianjin.


  • Finest select violet bamboo, specially dried and cured
  • Complete with velour-lined, zippered, leatherette carrying case
  • Polished bone end-piece
  • Distinct, heartbreaking tone quality
  • Disassembles into 3 pieces for easy carrying
  • Brass joints
  • Consistent intonation
  • Tang-dynasty poem engraving

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Each bamboo flute is unique, with it's own size, bore, length, wood color, finish, tone quality, and feel. Here, choice violet bamboo has been polished but not lacquered or wrapped, so the natural purple wood grain shines through. The flute has a sweet, heartbreaking tone and rock-solid intonation. Plays consistently and perfectly in pitch (about 20 cents sharp at room temperature - professional Chinese musicians prefer them pitched this way) across two and a half octaves from d' to g'''. The head joint has a brass tenon that slides easily to allow tuning to match other instruments in an ensemble.

The head joint on this flute is engraved with a Tang-dynasty poem, rendered in dramatic calligraphy.

We have traditional six-hole xiao flutes and modern eight-hole versions, pitched in G major or F major. These xiao flutes are much easier to play than a typical shakuhachi. We provide a fingering chart so you won't have to fumble around to find the higher notes.

Top quality purple bamboo, cured in the extremely dry Northern Chinese climate, produces flutes that are exceptionally resistant to cracking. The best-known Chinese traditional and classical musicians use these flutes. We have seen Junqiao Tang, famous for her soundtrack contribution to the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" perform with a xiao much like this one.