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I want to translate the phrase

It's just like a big recorder

where "recorder" is the musical instrument. The generic Latin for "flute" seems to be "tibia" (pipe), so I settled on using the Latin for the Italian "flauto dolce", which at first glance would be "tibia dulcis" but I fear I don't have the right inflection on "sweet". My uneducated attempt is:

Tamquam (or possibly Quasi) magna tibia dulcis est

Is this even close, or is there a better way of expressing this?

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Quasi is "as if"; for this, I'd use similis, "like". I think I'd also use longa instead of magna, to express size rather than quality.

The older (pre-Augustan) way to use similis is with the genitive, which would be longae tibiae dulcis. The newer (post-Augustan) way is with the dative, which would be longae tibiae dulcī.

EDIT: Vincenzo Oliva in the comments suggests using recta "straight" instead of dulcis; if you go with this, it would be a longae tibiae rectae in either case.

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    Apparently the Latin name for the instrument is tibia recta: tibia corresponds to Italian flauto, and recta reflects an alternative to the name "flauto dolce" (i.e. flauto diritto, as can be seen on the Wiki page ). – Vincenzo Oliva Apr 17 at 19:27
  • @VincenzoOliva Nice find! Added. – Draconis Apr 17 at 20:03

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