Flute Styles

Our flutes have a clean line and uses raised sterling silver rings to give strength to the sockets.

We are no longer offering the Baroque Style flutes which did not have silver rings, but used a more bulbous section at the joints. We have removed this from our options as very few customers were ordering them and keeping them in stock was proving too complicated.

The Wood
We offer flutes in both  African Blackwood and English Boxwood. While the more dense Blackwood flutes have a generally brighter sound, Boxwood produces a cleaner tone than the other hardwoods. The differences here are small however, so it is often more about your preference on colour.

Adjustable Head Cork
The head joints are fitted with a screw adjustable head cork mechanism for precise control of the head cork position. The position of the head cork controls how in-tune the octaves in the lower, middle and upper registers are. If the head cork is too near to the embouchure hole, then the middle register notes will be sharp with respect to the lower register notes, and if too far from the embouchure hole, then the opposite will result. It is important to be able to adjust the position of the cork accurately.

Players should experiment with head cork positions a few millimeters from the position set in our workshop as they may find the octavation between the lower and middle registers better for their embouchure technique with the head cork in a different position.
The standard position with respect to the center of the embouchure hole of the head corks on our flutes are as follows:

D Pratten flutes – 19mm
D Rudall Rose flutes – 19mm
F flutes – 16.5mm
A flutes – 12mm
Bb flutes – 11mm

As you progress to being a better player, you might try moving the head joint cork further away from the embouchure hole. This will give you a more characterful tone which you may find interesting. It will also allow you to play louder and will let you push the bottom note on the instrument much more..

Small Hands and Articulated Finger Holes.
As an option on all flutes, we can move hole 3 a small distance around the instrument so that it sits more comfortably to where your finger is. On flutes which do not have the C and C# foot keys, we can also move the hole 6 a little for the same reason. When the foot joint has the C and C# keys fitted we leave hole 6 in line with the centre of the flute however as this works better for most players when using the low C key.

For players with smaller hands, we can move holes 1 and 3, and holes 4 and 6 a little closer together by angling the hole so that it meets the bore at the same point. Please ask for this option and we can discuss what is possible. We usually keep some Small Hand flutes in stock.

Tenon Cork Choices
We supply all our flutes as standard with the tenons bound with cotton thread in place of cork. While we are always happy to supply flutes with the more common corked tenons, we have found that the benefit of cotton bound tenons is that our customers can rebind the thread whenever necessary to tighten or loosen a joint as required. It is not therefore necessary to return the flute to us in order to regulate the tenon joints, which especially for overseas customers is a significant advantage. Please advise us however at the time of ordering a flute if you would refer it to have the tenons corked.

We supply a material flute roll with each flute. This has the advantage of allowing the flute to dry out after playing which is not so readily achieved in a wooden box.