Available flutes
The flutes below are currently available for purchase unless otherwise stated. Note: flutes marked UNDER OFFER have been sold but I am still waiting the approval from the customer that the flute suits them; if the flute is returned, it will be put back on this page again for sale. Please make sure you refresh this page so you get the up-to-date situation and not an old page loaded from a cache.

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.

June 2020 latest: I am sorry but all of the March flutes are now with their new owners. I have left details of the flutes below simply so you can see the kinds of flutes I am now making. However, I have a second album to finish and film soundtrack work to do, so it will be late August at the earliest before I can get into the workshop and make a new series of flutes; I intend that these should be on this page by late September, but I will post updates later in the summer regarding progress so please check back then.



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F in English Poplar SOLD


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. To complement this, the flue channel is relatively deep with a very slightly bowed 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; the block has a high chimney which works in tandem with this design. 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. The Wolf head artwork is produced using a special archival ink-transfer technique which melts the ink into the wood prior to finishing with Renaissance wax.



A in English Cherry SOLD



A beautifully grain-patterned, simple, clear-toned flute with straight-lined, close-spaced playing holes; this will therefore suit right or left handed players, and would also make a good starter flute. High A flutes can sound a little shrill, but this one has a full, rounded voice which is enhanced by using good-sized playing holes. The flute is very responsive and can be played quietly or loudly.



E in English Walnut SOLD



English Walnut is one of the most resonant of our native woods on account of the well developed pitting in the timber. It makes beautiful, well-rounded sounding NA flutes, moreso than the denser American Black Walnut. Not surprisingly therefore, this flute, which is cut through the lovely grain patterns of the heartwood, has the most mellow of voices and is perfect for quiet contemplative playing. Full of rich frequencies, this is a very expressive flute. Care has been taken to keep the straight-lined playing holes as close as possible, but it must be noted that, as with most E flutes, this will be less suited to players with small hands or limited finger reach. The clearest tones are given using the flat faced, spalted Beech block, but a chimney block is also provided to minimize air disturbances if the flute is played outdoors.



G in English Lime SOLD



A very straightforward, simple flute, ideal for a novice player; the offset first hole aids ease of playing and means that the flute is designed for those who play with right hand as bottom hand. Lime is a relatively soft wood with a resonance which can be used to give a voice very similar to that of a traditional cedar NA flute. This flute has such a voice - clear, windless and authentic. The flute is very responsive and highly expressive; it plays well quietly but will also take a decent amount of air down it without the fundamental note breaking to the octave above. It can reproduce the haunting sounds associated with traditional flutes, but more importantly, this is a Healing Flute and is deliberately tuned to A=432Hz. This frequency is believed by many to resonate more closely with the Earth's natural vibrations and is often used by sound healing practioners to enhance the benefits of their work. There is a choice of block, pale Lime or dark Walnut, simply for aesthetics.



E in Western Red Cedar SOLD



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 and offset, 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, stylized bird block, designed to give a controllable voice range from clear to breathy depending on block position behind (or overhanging!) the generously sized soundhole. A beautifully responsive flute with a wonderfully authentic sound for everything from meditative playing to performing and recording.






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 of using a chimney block is that it allows plenty of air to be put down the flute without risking 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!).


  A in English Flame Sycamore SOLD


Apart from looking stunning, with flame banding along the barrel and upper chamber area, this flute has been designed to sing and be heard, be it live or on recording. It has an extremely well-rounded, full voice with a huskiness to it that mirrors the breathy sounds of traditional NA flutes. The versatility of this flute comes from the unique SVF dual flue design, with airflow channels in both block and nest floor. Not only does this give it beautiful tones but it also makes it a very expressive flute depending on block position and breath pressure. It is very responsive to the slightest breath, but it really comes into its own when played with a strong breath; be assured, this is a very powerful flute despite its modest size. And when 'pushed', the fundamental (bottom) note also has the characteristic 'bite' to it that many professional players love. The soundclips say more than words.



E in English Lime SOLD


A straightforward E flute, designed with medium-spaced, double offset holes to make playing that much easier for players who use right hand as bottom hand. The voice is very clear and bright. All in all, a simple, uncomplicated flute.





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