The Irish Flute Combo
Ergonomic Flute Discussion
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UPDATED January 16, 2020 Changes are happening at Casey Burns Flutes this winter and spring (2021). I have discontinued my popular $450 Folk Flute model. I am still accepting orders for my other models. I am prototyping a new Alto Flute in the key of G and revising my Low Bb and A flute designs to be much more ergonomic - and louder. Finally, I am starting on the development and production of Glass Flutes based on the work of Claude Laurent. These will be available in clear optical resin first and glass later on.
The Folk Flutes are no longer being produced and will not be available directly from me. After some 100-150 Folk Flutes yearly for the last 17 years I am ready to be done producing that model. This year I was to have an apprentice who would take over that production but the Pandemic intervened. There are enough of these flutes in the world already and some are still available through Lark in the Morning, Dusty Strings and the Irish Flute Store. You can frequently find these used. Occasionally I will be supplying these stores with small batches of these flutes done in translucent resin using stereolithography and my Ergonomic Small Hand model only.
The new G flute and the ones in A and Bb will have a steeper and wider bore which will increase volume and feature some deviations from a straight taper in the bore in order to bring tone holes closer together and keep them scaled apart acoustically.
I am still accepting orders for keyless and keyed flutes with tuning slides and silver bands. However, some of the woods are no longer available or are being saved for the future, and my queue for some models can be long. Currently I am trying to get out all of last year's orders while working on the glass flute project. Its possible that my waiting times may grow up to a year or more, depending upon the success of my glass flute endeavors.
For now I will keepo the Irish Flute Combo page intact. In general, look for price increases this coming year.
My flutes occasionally need servicing, especially if these have experienced trauma such as being sat upon or driven over (yes this happens!). I will be accepting repairs for these on a case by case basis but usually these wait around for months before I get to them. Thus please seek out an instrument repair person in your area instead.>
People frequently ask me how they should take care of their flute, especially the Folk Flute. Please read the care instructions provided with your flute. I have posted care instructions for the Folk Flutes here: http://www.caseyburnsflutes.com/folkflutecare.pdf
I have been researching the Claude Laurent flutes for about a decade, inspired by the local glass working community. Investigations into 3D printing provided a path to finally pursue this in a unique way. The result will be historically accurate except in one fashion: I will be casting the bodies for these flutes - whereas the Laurent flutes were produced by other glassworking methods. I am outsourcing the glass casting as did Laurent but will be researching the methods that may have been used here. I will be buidling a new website at www.laurentflutes.com soon.
If you have questions - please think about it for a few days and put them all into one email for me to answer, rather than sending me several emails to answer questions singularly. This will help!
Casey Burns D Flute Models: These are the "flutes du jour" - my standard flute models with three fingerhole spacing options and a Rudall-based flute option. These flutes can come with tuning slides and bands, as well as keywork. For more information click here.
The New 2015 Irish Flute Combo: My D flutes with tuning slides can also come with a package that allows one to play in several other keys besides D and G. Also available as a retrofit package for existing D Casey Burns Flute models with tuning slides. For more information click here.
Low Flutes: I make lower pitched flutes in the keys A, Bb, B and C. For more information, click here.