Side blown flutes are traditional all round the world, though the first were in Asia. The Concert Flute, used for Irish traditional music, was the standard orchestral instrument until the introduction of the Boehm system. The D Flute has 6 open holes, and up to 8 keys which are often not used, as the notes can be found by cross fingering. A slide head is useful for fine tuning. This kind of flute produces an earthier sound than modern metal instruments, playing easily in D and G. For more information about any of our products, please call us on 0333 800 9500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We stock most of these products in all of our UK shops, but if there's something in particular you'd like to see please contact your nearest branch before travelling.