The Yamaha Fife is made from durable ABS resin this fife is intended to be a beginners instrument for the very first lessons on the flute. Although in piccolo size its blowing feel is closer to a concert flute. The Yamaha Fife offers rich tone and good playability. This instrument is a good alternative for students who want to learn flute but don't want to make the required financial commitment. Fife is a cross between a recorder and a flute, in that, like a flute, you blow across the mouth hole to produce the sound, but, like a recorder, you cover the open holes with your fingers to achieve the different pitches. It is a wonderful instrument, serves as an excellent starting point to learning the beginnings of good flute technique.