Available flutes
The flutes below are currently available for purchase. Each flute is made to the same exacting standards and quality as all the custom ones I have made over the past 17 years. Each is unique and handcrafted on my guiding principles that the quality of the sound of the flute is paramount, as is the voicing, how responsive and expressive the flute is, how easy it is to play, and how it's energies work with player and listeners. For the moment, I am only making blocks from my basic list of standard blocks (see the Artwork and Blocks page), simply because much of the lung and throat health-related problems came in part from hours spent carving intricate custom blocks, which, enjoyable as it is, no amount of industrial mask and dust extraction systems can ever wholly mitigate. However, I will hopefully come back to full custom flutes very soon.

I have given a basic description of each instrument below, and a main image which, when clicked, will open a gallery of images in a separate viewer. I have also included a brief three-section sound clip of each flute: the first section is'dry' (as it might sound in a carpeted room), the second is 'wet' (with added reverberation), and the third has a simple orchestral backing so anyone thinking of recording with it will have an idea of how it might sound. I am no great flute player and the recordings here are quite basic; however, several of the orchestral pieces will be full length on my forthcoming second CD, Swans (the first CD is available here.) If you are undecided on choosing a key and wish to hear the full range of keys and voices, just go to the Hear the Flutes page. All SVF flutes respond to the slightest breath so playing is completely relaxed. All flutes below are tuned at 440Hz (A) unless otherwise stated.

Each instrument comes with a serial numbered authentication card that details the flute's wood origins and energies, it's sound and playing characteristics, and a full set of playing hole tuning charts. A fleece flute sleeve and a Starter Pack of tutorial and information sheets are included. Flutes are sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery; packing and shipping are extra but usually work out at around £10 for UK mainland postal areas. Overseas shipments are priced according to customer location, but please be aware all flutes are sent out with insurance and tracking, and for some overseas countries this can add significantly to the cost. In the event of a flute proving unsuitable, it should be returned within 10 days in its original condition for a full refund (customer pays return postage, flute must be tracked and insured).

If you are interested in purchasing one of the flutes below, please email me on dc@secondvoiceflutes.co.uk and we can take it from there. I will gladly supply more information and answer queries if necessary. If you want to send me your handprints (for details on doing this see the Contact and Ordering page), I can advise you on whether the hole spacing on your chosen flute should be comfortable for you to play.




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F in English Rippled Alder


A rarity this for two main reasons. Firstly, top quality rippled Alder is very hard to find these days; my stock of this wood came from Dartmoor in 2008 and I have yet to find similar anywhere. Exquisite, flame and flowing grain patterns reflect the tree's natural habitat of standing close to, or in, fresh water. Known for centuries as one of the best woods for making flutes, this is a beautifully resonant flute with a slightly husky, mellow voice. Playing holes are slightly opened to give a fuller sound and patterned for a right hand-bottom hand player. Secondly, and more importantly, this is a Healing Flute and is deliberately tuned to A=444Hz (C=528Hz). This frequency is believed by many to resonate closely with the Earth's and the Body's natural patterns and is sought by many sound healing practioners. All instruments on the soundclip here are tuned at A=444Hz.
The English Walnut block is a stylized Little Grebe, appropriate for a water-wood flute, with a small chimney to enhance and open out the voice even further. Priced at £195 plus p+p.



E in Western Red Cedar



This flute is probably better suited to experienced players, firstly because it has a fuller, more open airflow system to bring out the wonderful resonance of Western Red Cedar (WRC), probably the most traditional NA flute wood of all. Being able to vary breath pressure and speed makes this a wonderfully expressive flute. Secondly, the voicing is augmented by four tuning holes at the flute foot, making it quite a bit longer than most flutes, and while the playing holes are medium-spaced, the length can take a little getting used to unless you are a seasoned player. Finally, the flute is made from top grade, slow-grown WRC imported from the USA (unfortunately our UK grown WRC is not the best quality) which is a little denser and more resilient while still being very lightweight. Since this is a USA wood flute, it is completed with an American Cherry claw block, designed to give a controllable voice range from clear to breathy depending on block position. A beautifully responsive flute for everything from mediatative playing to performing and recording. Priced at £185 plus p+p.





F is a lovely key because it is the first of the mid-range keys that fits perfectly on a one inch bore, which gives a much fuller, more resonant and rounded sound. The other advantage is that a flat fronted block can often be used giving a very clear, near-windless voice without risking the flute readily over-blowing to the octave above if the player blows too hard (something all NA flutes have a tendency to do without practice and careful design!).


 


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