Renewing my library card I was able to access the Music Trades on line.....
so far came up with this.....
"Conn-Selmer CEO John Stoner reflects on a decade of change in the band business"
Music Trades. 161.1 (Feb. 2013): p108+.
"Your arrival at Conn-Selmer coincided with an unanticipated flood of low-cost Asian wind instruments that disrupted the entire market. How did it impact Conn-Selmer and the industry at large?
Unlike a lot of other industries, the band instrument industry in 2003 had been pretty well insulated from Asian competitors, and no one at our company or in the industry seemed to be taking them seriously."
" Ultimately though, Conn-Selmer and most of its competitors had to source some student products in Asia to remain competitive. How did you go about this?
We adopted a "good, better, best" strategy. The "good" products are sourced in factories in China, the "better' instrument" are primarily produced in Taiwan, and the "best-instruments are built in our plants in Eastlake, Ohio and Elkhart, Indiana. All the product designs and specifications are proprietary, and we have a team of full-time employees"
Maybe not quite a definitive answer ...but seeing the 60B and 61B were released in 2004 and available until 2008 there may be a distinct possibility that the last line of Heritage flutes may have been made in the USA and not the orient....
and Product release......
Armstrong unveils new heritage flute line
Music Trades. 152.1 (Feb. 2004): p282+.
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"RETURNING TO THE HERITAGE Line tradition of quality instruments. Armstrong has introduced a new line of alto and C flutes. "Flutists are asking for instruments with premium performance and feature characteristics at accessible prices," said Gerardo Discepolo, flute product manager. "The new Heritage line has been developed with these goals in mind, offering great value and providing performance that is truly deserving of the Heritage legacy."
Boasting a solid silver body, head, and foot, the Heritage flute model #61 features a hand Cut head joint as well as solid one-piece ribbed construction. Designed for the advancing player, the scale is accurate and balanced while the response and quality of sound live up to the Heritage name. Elegant French pointed arms, hidden adjusting screws, and leather French-style case with cover add to the beauty of the instrument outfit. Key mechanism is silver-plated for feel and durability. The model #61B (low B model) carries a suggested retail price of $2,950, while model #61 (low C model) retails at $2.800. Available options include: inline or offset G, split E mechanism, engraved head joint, and gold springs.
Model #60 has the same features and options as model #61 but with solid silver head joint, silver-plated body, and silver-plated foot joint. Suggested retail price for model #60B (low B model) is $1,900. Model #60 (low C model) carries a retail of $1,750.
Featuring responsive action and sound, the Heritage alto flute model #703 features an ergonomically designed key mechanism for case of play. The scale is accurate and balanced, the response is wonderful, and the quality of sound lives up to the Heritage name. Elegant French pointed arms and French-style case with cover add to the beauty of the instrument outfit. Suggested retail price: $1,800.
NAMM Booth: 4800. Telephone: (574) 522-1675. Website: www.armstrongwinds.com. "
Armstrong have always been known to try and offer a comparable quality flute with a lower price point to the competition so the 61B listed at $2950 which came in at an initial higher price point than the Chinese made Powell Sonare SF7000 at $2700...might also point to a US made product made at Elkhart but again still it's only conjecture......
"Sonare's hybrid strategy: by mating a handcut headjoint with an affordable Chinese flute body, Sonare winds makes the coveted Powell sound available at a more affordable price point. Dealers love it!"
Music Trades. 152.12 (Jan. 2005): p142+.
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"At present the Sonare line consists of three flute models: the introductory SF5000 (MSRP $1,250), which features a silver-plated body, the SF6000 (MSRP $2,000) which has a silver body and 10-karat gold springs for a lighter playing action; and the flagship SF7000 (MSRP $2,700) which has pointed key arms that offer a more responsive playing action."
Same could be said for the Haynes Amadeus line and I guess their Q series.....
"Amadeus flutes: "made by us, not for us!" When Eastman Music set out to offer a step-up flute, the couldn't find a factory in China that could meet their quality standards. So, they set up their own factory"
Music Trades. 155.12 (Jan. 2008): p156+.
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"IN A VILLAGE OUTSIDE Beijing, China, hundreds of bicycles circle around the modern U-shaped factory where the Eastman Music Company makes its instruments. Inside, 80 specially-trained Chinese workers are building a new flute from the oldest name in Boston. "
"the Amadeus starts at just $1,350 and tops out at under $4,000 with all available options--a C# trill key, gold riser, and other premium features."