Wooden flute

Flute History and Instrument Purchase

Moderators: Classitar, pied_piper, Phineas

Post Reply
Posts: 17
Joined: Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:29 pm
Location: University of Alaska Anchorage

Wooden flute

Post by asamd74 »

Is there a C flute that is wooden like some of the piccolo's. Just a thought. I was able to handle my first piccolo the other day and i really liked the wooden piccolo and just wondered if the have flutes like that. A regular flute except it was wooden?

User avatar
Posts: 134
Joined: Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:39 am
Location: In the forest

Post by Fox »

I know Yamaha has a wooden flute, don't know about other manufacturers.

http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/Con ... TID=238300

Posts: 2311
Joined: Sun Jul 16, 2006 3:11 pm

Post by fluteguy18 »

Yes. A lot of upper end companies produce wooden flutes. Off the top of my head there is Powell and Williams. I think Haynes might make them too.

User avatar
Posts: 580
Joined: Mon Jul 24, 2006 5:28 pm

Post by Zevang »

Sankyo has a wonderful wooden flute, though very expensive.

Try also www.epplerflutes.com
also www.aristaflutes.com

Posts: 56
Joined: Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:32 pm
Location: Brighton, England.

Post by Tarandros »

The problem with wooden flutes is the price. I've tried budget ways of getting round the problem, for instance, getting a cheap vintage instrument that was high pitch and also buying a really cheap stock clearance wooden flute made in China. I wrote about a month or six weeks ago about the Chinese one and it seemed fine at the time but I've had a lot of problems with it since, too numerous to go into and now I'm back playing my silver one. To get a decent wooden flute you're looking at around $12,000 for a new one. If you want a wood sound, you could go for the new Grenaditte flute - see the message on them in this section. You can see the product desctiption and photos here:

http://www.flute.com.tw/en/products/ind ... d=31&id=41

I've tried one out and it does sound quite like a wooden flute, but more like a part silver, part wood flute. As well as being about 20% of the price of a quality wooden flute, it doesn't have all the attendant problems with potential for cracking that you get with wood. Another thing to bear in mind with wooden flutes is that they require a change of embouchure to a much tighter embouchure especially for the upper register as they have a lot more resistance. After playing on wood for three months or so, the change of embouchure back to metal was quite different and it took at least two practice sessions for me to readjust. Kind regards, T.

User avatar
Posts: 368
Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:19 pm
Location: Hammond, LA, USA

Post by MissyHPhoenix »

You might try a wooden headjoint -- I got a Full Circle Louis Lot model this past week and love it!

Why Be Normal????

User avatar
Posts: 959
Joined: Sat Jan 22, 2005 1:08 am

Post by Phineas »

Here is a nice headjoint that I use to own! You may have to get it fitted to your instrument though.

http://www.wwbw.com/Performance-Music-W ... 31420.wwbw

I used this headjoint with a Buffet International model. Had it for almost 4 years till that flute got stolen.


User avatar
Posts: 1920
Joined: Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:31 pm
Location: Virginia

Post by pied_piper »

Another wood, expensive flute:

"Never give a flute player a screwdriver."

Post Reply