Haynes sold to Eastman

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Haynes sold to Eastman

Post by vampav8trix » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:20 am

Does anybody know what year Haynes was sold to Eastman? Somewhere around 2000??

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Re: Haynes sold to Eastman

Post by pied_piper » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:30 am

From the Eastman website About page (http://www.eastmanmusiccompany.com/about_page.php)

"Eastman purchased America’s oldest flute company, William S. Haynes, in 2004."
"Never give a flute player a screwdriver."
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Re: Haynes sold to Eastman

Post by vampav8trix » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:57 am

You wouldn't happen to know the serial numbers for 2004? I am looking at a new Haynes flute with a serial number starting with 67xxx. I am wondering if it is pre Eastman. It still sounds fantastic.

ooops I just found the answer. I typed the serial number into my phone wrong. Haynes doesn't have any flutes that start with 67xxx.

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Re: Haynes sold to Eastman

Post by fluteguy18 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:10 pm

That sounds correct to me. All Haynes flutes are produced in China now except for the highest model(s). The top tier line is produced in Boston once again. A lot of finishing of the upper end models is done in Boston now I believe. Even though Finley has said a lot about this publicly the line between Chinese and American made is still fuzzy.

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Re: Haynes sold to Eastman

Post by cflutist » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:25 pm

One way to tell would be to see what is engraved on the barrel, my backup flute (the handmade soldered tonehole model) says Boston, Mass.

FG18, perhaps this fuzziness is why Haynes seems to have fallen a bit out of favor? I noticed that used Haynes flutes don't command the prices that say Powell or Brannen do.

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Re: Haynes sold to Eastman

Post by fluteguy18 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:20 pm

That and quality control I believe are the reasons. Certain flute retailers won't carry anything Haynes unless they are the top tier flute (all US based production). But from what I've been seeing, Finley is slowly turning that all around (thank goodness).

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