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|Casey Burns Flutes|
CURRENT STATUS AS OF MAY 13, 2023!
I am adding a few more details and even some scheduling to Thursday's update. First of all - if you are doing comparison shopping and asking several makers about what is available, or how soon you can get a flute, PLEASE take your business elsewhere. Only contact me if you have already chosen me as your flute maker!
Also, I NEVER have any flutes in stock ready to purchase. I do not have a storefront with flutes for you to try. It would be nice but I never had a trust fund. With COVID still active, I am not hosting any visitors.
SCHEDULING: I now have an idea of what flutes will be made, and when. Folk Flutes will be done in quarterly batches. Currently any Folk Flute ordered will be made in the September batch. I have another batch scheduled for December and March 2024. Depending partly on my Folk Flute queue I can fit in keyless flutes with deliveries ranging from October to March 2024. I have about 4 slots for keyed flutes, with a one year plus wait time. I will be taking April off for the Eclipse and research at the Library of Congress. Again, contact me before you order for a more specific estimate.
AFTER THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE: After 40 years I soon want to let my younger colleagues take over and step out of their way, and retire from production flute making and taking orders. I may simply have an online store where finished flutes are available or I might simply stop flute making altogether. This of course assumes that other income producing pursuits are successful. I am about to start the prototyping and roughing out via a Waterjetting Service for the Soundpost Setters tbased on the ones I made in 1982. I am gathering topics and chapter tiles for my Substack Page on wind instrument turning. I hope to premier this around Thanksgiving. A yearly subscription would make a nice gift! As far as the idea of making keys for other flute makers, I am postponing that pursuit. I currently think that my market for this doesn't really exist and thus I want to spare me the expense of molding up key designs and getting the first 12 sets of keys cast. This is again something that someone else can do eventually. I will be offering keys based on my current post mounted designs however, since the groundwork has already been accomplished and I usually have inventory.
The Bottom Line is that I may be retiring next spring - and may actually stop taking orders if the months and slots become fully booked. Thus if you plan to get one of my flutes, do not delay. Again, if you are comparison shopping or need a flute ASAP, please look elsewhere. Thanks!
CURRENT STATUS AS OF MAY 11, 2023!
My hands are doing better by parsing my work, and the fact that its simply warmer in the workshop as summer approaches. Thus so far I haven't turned away any orders including orders for keyed flutes. I am trying to schedule these to provide for an adequate income without putting undue burdens on my hands and causing flareups. Currently the wait for something keyless is around 5-6 months and keyed 6 months to a year, depending upon what work is already on my queue and how my wrists are feeling.
LOW FLUTES and FLUTE COMBOS: I can accept orders for these. Low flutes are only made in the warmer months and as this summer is fully booked, the wait may be up to a year. My Irish Flute Combos 6-12 months.
FOLK FLUTES: For now I will make these in small batches (2 to 5 instruments). Delivery can take up to 3 months, depending upon my schedule and hand status. Summer will be busy with gardening, a few music guests and summer music camps which may stretch deliveries out a few months farther. All the Folk Flutes currently in the queue will be out in May.
MY $1200 FLUTES WITH RINGS AND SLIDES: I am still planning to make these into the future. Delivery times may increase. Instead of my forged, turned and then engraved (sometimes) rings I will be converting over to cast rings that are heat treated for toughness, and tumble finished.
Please check out my Blog at laurentflutes.substack.com I occasionally discuss the glass flute and other flute-related projects, and frequently discuss everything else. You get an inside look into the daily life, activities, and humor of a flute maker and polymath. The subscription is free. Posts sometimes come in rapidly for a spell, and then stop happening for a month or two. However, there is much to read in the archives, and related pages which usually start out strong - and then I move onto something else when I lose my momentum!
With the uncertainty in my hands and for other reasons, I may be ending my flute production in the next few years if I can afford to - and perhaps have other irons in the fire. I am at the official retirement age after all! I will forever remain a researching flute maker, with the glass flutes after Claude Laurent at the top of the list. Currently I plan to make just a few of these and open source my methods for the current and future generations of flute players.
I am pursuing three instrument making -related activities that would provide an income which I will still need into the future. The first of these is providing as-cast key sets for other flute makers to use on their instruments, sometimes under my guidance. This will include my own post mounted designs, as well as the mid-19th century block mounted designs which were done by a certain Mrs. Best and her female workers with tiny hands suitable for this work. All of the mid century flute makers including Rudall and Rose depended upon her artistry. I will be recreating a curated selection of her keys. Other makers can then purchase these, do the benchwork necessary to shine these up, and mount these onto their flutes - all without having to go from the ground up.
I will also be reviving the production of soundpost setters in the French style. This was how I got into instrument making initially, a year or two I made my first flute. Its just this time these will be accurately cut from the tool steel using computerized water jets instead of hacksawing them out and filing these to shape. The third activity will me my Instrument Making substack which will require a monthly or yearly subscription of $5 or $50. I am actively generating content now so that it begins with the substantial content, including an older version of my flute making methods. Lives on YouTube and other content such as measured drawings of several instruents will be added as well.
If I find that these three activities and possibly others generate an adequate income, I will then stop taking orders almost entirely, except on a case by case basis. After 40 years I should step aside and let the younger generations take over. Hopefully some of these upcoming makers will pursue the important market for smaller hands! I would still make the occasional flute to offer. But for now, I am accepting orders for flutes including keyed flutes. I am simply a bit slower at getting these out!
For now I am leaving up the old pages of my website as an archive. I will probably make significant changes to my websites eventually. However, keeping my website updated will occasionally fall to the wayside as well.
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.