Available flutes
The flutes below are currently available for purchase, unless otherwise stated (flutes marked Under Offer are being evaluated by a customer but might be available later). 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. All my flutes respond to the gentlest of breaths, so playing can be as relaxing as it is meant to be. 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. As with all NA flute recordings, they often sound better in headphones. I am no great flute player and the recordings here are done on my home recording studio; however, several of the orchestral pieces will be full length, recorded completely and properly mastered 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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G in English Poplar UNDER OFFER


This unusual flute might well be an acquired taste in that it is deliberately voiced to have the very breathy (not windy) voice of the old, more traditional NA flutes. The playing hole size and the entire voice box construction differs from that normally found in the clear-voiced SVF flutes, and is designed to produce an airy sound with rich, atmospheric and colourful tones, as can be heard in the soundclips. The single continuous end-to-end bore, with a plug-and-ramp to form the languid (the barrier between the main bore and the upper chamber) mirrors the old methods of making these flutes; this gives a greater volume to the space below the soundhole and allows the air reed to vibrate more directly against the bore wall. To complement this, the flue channel is relatively deep with a bowed walnut floor to cause the slight turbulance in the air sheet necessary to give the voice character without imparting the rough windiness which would sound too harsh to the ear, and the block has a high chimney. All of this gives a mellow, expressive flute with very distinctive tones and which is perfect for recording with. Note: this flute is very responsive but does need a little more air through it than all other SVF flutes and is best suited to experienced players. The relatively large playing holes are straightlined so the flute is suitable for both right and left handed players.






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 or arch-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!).


 

F# in English Poplar UNDER OFFER

A good, straightforward mid-range flute with relatively small, close together, straight-lined playing holes, making it suitable for new or experienced players. The voice is very clear, bright and windless, full of higher frequencies but with a good depth of tone throughout; the four tuning holes at the flute foot give an added depth to the fundamental (bottom) note and negate the tinny sound that a small first hole can sometimes give. The use of a shallow chimney-fronted block makes this a very good, forgiving flute for those learning breath control; as with all SVF flutes, it is very responsive to the most gentle breath.




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