The Tonette is a small, end-blown
flutemade of plastic, which was once popular in American elementary music education. It has largely been superseded by the recorder. The range of the instrument is from C4 ( middle C) to D5. It is also known as a song flute.
The Tonette was introduced in
1938. Designed as a pre-band instrument, the tonette was nearly unbreakable, chromatic, and tunable. It was easy to blow and the fingering was simple. By 1941over half of the grammar schools in the United Stateshad adopted the Tonette as standard pre-band equipment. The Tonette's pleasant flute-like sound was also used for special novelty effects in radio, televisionand film.
World War IIthe armed services found the Tonette to be an inexpensive and entertaining way for idle troops to pass the time. Peter Schickelehas described the tonette as "a cheap, synthetic recorder with amusing pretensions"; it is one of the instruments featured in the " Gross Concerto" by P. D. Q. Bach.
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