Low Pitched Flutes in Bb and A

Among the most evocative and haunting sounds heard from the flute family are those of the low-pitched wooden flutes. With their unmatched resonance and presence, these flutes are the choice of many for a "second flute." Performers on Casey's low flutes include Matt Molloy, Garry Shannon, Grey Larsen and John Skelton.

[ Low Bb  Irish Flute in Mopane with Sterling Silver Rings]

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I offer improved low Bb and A flutes, based upon excellent Rudall examples and many years working and tweaking with these designs. I have applied many voicing and ergonomic refinements to these, resulting in an instrument which speaks as well or better than the historical instruments. The lowest notes are strong, reedy, and "ready" speaking rapidly with little more effort than that required for a D flute. While any low flute will be a challenge for the player with small hands, the conservative ergonomic adjustments lead to an instrument which is much more comfortable than the historical antecedent. Note - these can also be ordered in the key of B.

I usually make these in Blackwood. Boxwood is sometimes used if I can find pieces suitable for the long upper middle joints. The price for the all wooden version of this flute in Bb or A is USD 1100. Tuning slides featuring brass inner and outer slides are available, along with silver bands for USD 500 additional. I am no longer offering keys for these flutes in general, but will consider this option when discussing your order with you.

Low Flute Combo Packages

[Photo of Casey Burns Low Bb Ergonomic Rudall in Mopane with African Blackwood Session Head]

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For maximum versatility, I offer a "Combo" low flute package in the pitches Bb and A in blackwood only: a single head joint and foot joint that share separate Bb and A bodies. Shipping will be calculated at time of order. These are available with silver rings and tuning slides only. The slide is necessary sometimes when changing pitches. Note - I am no longer offering the 4-way combo, seen in the image below. Price for the Bb/A Combo: USD $2100.

[photo of my 4 way combo low flute in blackwood with rings and slide]

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April 6, 2011

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