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PLEASE NOTE: After 15 yrs making flutes, I have come to an enforced retirement. Also, in common with other flutemakers I know of, I have throat and lung issues which need treatment. I have therefore closed the workshop door so that I can take time to heal. In the meantime I am spending time in my recording studio and putting together some film soundtrack music and recording a first album which should be ready in the new year. I am leaving the website running simply so other makers have access to the help and advice in the Workshop pages, and I hope the images of my work may provide inspiration for others.

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econd Voice Flutes is based in Surrey, England. Please feel free to make contact:

Email: dc@secondvoiceflutes.co.uk



Ordering details
I make all flutes to commission simply because I like to build a flute specifically for the individual, particularly getting the playing hole spacing optimised.

One thing I do ask all those ordering a flute to do is send me ‘hand graphs’. To do this either take two pieces of A4 paper (one for each hand) and with your fingers spread comfortably (NOT stretched out to their limit) draw around your whole hand and the individual fingers. Alternatively, if you have access to a scanner or photocopier, then you can email me a scan or send me a photocopy of your hands, opened as described above, palms down, or you can scan your hands and email them to me; either of these options is actually better for me because I can then not only do the maths on your hands and work out the optimum placement for the playing holes on your flute, but it also allows me to see the size of your finger pads, which influences hole diameter. The other pieces of information I need are your height (this helps me determine how long the flute should be such that your elbows are held in the comfiest position when playing) and whether you are right or left-handed (I often offset the position of the bottom hole for ease of playing; for most the right hand is the bottom playing hand, but if you are strongly left-handed you might feel comfier with this as bottom hand).

If you're a beginner and don't have any idea what you would like...no problem, just contact me and we can discuss what would be best for you. If you're already a player and know exactly what wood, key, block, accents, hole spacing etc. you want, that's fine...let’s get down to business!

All flutes are marked inside and out with maker’s mark and serial number, and come with a free cloth sleeve and authentication certificate which includes details on the flute components' origins, a fingering scale chart and additional notes particular to that flute. I also include a comprehensive tutorial and information pack specifically for new players to help them start on their flute journey. Contact me for more details.


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