Strančica

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. 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.

This example of a strančica was reconstructed by Stjepan Večković.