Wooden, keyless D flutes / Irish style flutes, ideal for playing traditional Irish/Celtic music.
“Prattens Perfected” Large hole/large bore flute:
Partly modelled after a Prattens Perfected flute, with some necessary modifications to improve stability and to accommodate a short foot design. This model has a notably strong, reedy tone, with a hard low-D. I normally arc the toneholes slightly so that the reach is more ergonomically friendly. I can make the toneholes in a straight line when requested.
I have developed my reputation with this model. I have made small changes over the years and consider this my own design “after a Prattens Perfected” to give credit to the original basic design source.
Flutes without tuning slides can be tuned to some degree with the tenon-socket joint. They are tuned to A-440Hz with the head joint pulled out about 2mm, in order to allow for some sharpening (to about A-445Hz when the flute is warm). I make the tenon about 35mm long to allow for some flattening. A tuning slide is recommended if you expect to play with others on a regular basis.
I am now offering a brass/acetal tuning slide on my flutes. Click here to find out more about this tuning slide option: Tuning Slides
[I need to rebuild http://www.woodenflutemaker.com/tuning-slides/ as I had a website crash and haven’t yet re-created the page.]
Crown and Stopper Design
I use a Robert Bigio style stopper and end cap design (with his permission). I use a Delrin/o-ring stopper with a ring turned on the face and a small hole in the end cap, thereby creating a resonance chamber in the north end of the headjoint. I also make my flutes with a taller than normal chimney, sometimes with over-cutting on the far side of the embouchure and a recess under the chin. I find that I can get a more responsive flute with these modifications. I effort to make the flute’s tone strong while also giving enough resistance so that it can be driven hard when desired.
Prices current as at 18 June 2019:
“Hoza Flute” design based on a Prattens Perfected flute:
(Tuning slide not available on flutes without rings.)
- USD $950 2 joints, with sterling silver rings.
- USD $1,170 2 joints, silver rings & tuning slide.
- USD $1,110 3 joints, with sterling silver rings.
- USD $1,400 3 joints, silver rings & tuning slide.
Click here to find out more about my tuning slides. [http://www.woodenflutemaker.com/tuning-slides/ is currently off-line. I need to rebuild it and then will fix this link here.]
- Add USD $30 for regular air mail (10-15 days) to the US.
- Add USD $50 for International Courier shipping (2-5 days) to the US.
- Add USD $20 for shipping within Australia.
- Add USD $70 for a 2 compartment leather case.
(For use with 2 joint flutes, or 3 joint flutes with a long middle joint and short foot joint.)
- Add USD $110 for a 4 compartment leather case.
(For use with 3 joint flutes with the “break between the hands” design.)
- 10% GST is included on Australian orders.