Since the XIX century the concert music, military bands and the dancing salon music was executed with a wooden flute with 5 or 6 keys. The Böehm system for flutes appears more lately.

With the appearing of the "Charanga a la Francesca", the wooden flute of 5 keys or most well known as "wooden flute", (in the argot of the flautists of the dance orchestra) caught up a great acceptance among the performers of this wind instrument due to her specify sonorous color, the ample zone of records, the extension of scale and force of intensity of the sound most of all in the half way superior tones pitched half a step higher.

These qualities motivate his very frequently utilization for the execution of the fundamental rhythms that the "charangas" plays: country dances, danzones, boleros and son in a first stage. Later the flautist’s interpreters were gloating with the mambo, cha-cha-cha and other Cuban popular dance music. There is an ample repertory of plays and historic periods that confirmed the inestimable presence of this instrument in the orchestras .

With the appearance of system Böehm antique wooden flutes fell obsolete in mainly all the orchestras, sound tracks and others, however, the Cuban Charanga flautists continued using the wooden flute, due to the qualities that we enunciate before. The European factories stopped manufacturing instruments with the old system and made it very difficult to obtain them.

In the course of time, the deterioration of the old flutes forced to introduce the instruments of the new system in the Cubans "charangas", although these flutes do not possess the fullness of tone in the sharp notes of the wooden flutes most of all for the execution of the dancing music that Cubans "charangas" perform. The eminent Cuban flautist Richard Egües was the first to give that ineludibly step and transfer his virtuosity of the wooden flute to the metal flute. Nevertheless, many instrumentalists continued in Cuba like in other countries using the wooden flute and preserve them with many difficulties. Other ones prefer to order to luthier specialized in his construction.


In Cuba, for several years, the flautist and luthier Celestino Díaz Flores, - a man of 60 years old- that resides at San Cristóbal city in the Pinar del Rio province, dedicates himself together with his son to make excellent wooden flutes of 5 keys, with an equal sonority to the antique flutes and even improve some defects that were present in the antique flutes like the split of the tudel and also modernized some aspects with out loosing sonorous qualities. This luthier accomplishes its work on order.

Many Cuban virtuosos use these flutes CELEST, which was named in homage to his manufacturer, with fabulous results and every day are more popularized with more orders. The quality of the instrument is guaranteed by great Cuban musicians like: Richard Egües former founding and flautist of the world famous Orquesta Aragon, Efraín Loyola, Policarpo "Polo" Tamayo flautist of the Neno Gonzalez orchestra, Ritmo Oriental and at the present time of the Cuba's Golden Charanga also finally by José Loyola "Loyolita" orchestra’s flautist of Efraín Loyola, Revelación, Selecta and at present time director and orchestrated of the Cuba’s Golden Charanga. These musicians play at present time with the flutes CELEST .

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