SALE/RETURN - All instruments are sold with a week trial and full return. Should any instrument not be suitable then I accept a return with full refund (minus postage) within the first 7 days of receipt. All instruments must be returned without damage

PAYMENTS - Credit/Debit cards accepted (WorldPay secure payment) and bank transfers. Funds will need to clear before any instrument is sent. 

GUARANTEE - All instruments are sent fully adjusted and serviced. A further adjustment may sometimes be required if posted. Instruments are set up to UK standard and fully playable, should you wish to use a further service for a more specialised set-up then this is at your cost. This particularly applies to vintage instruments.


PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PRICES QUOTED ARE DISCOUNTED FROM MY EBAY SHOP DUE TO EBAY CHARGES

POSTAGE WILL BE ADDED AT £15 UK/N.IRELAND AND £25 INTERNATIONAL

Handmade Muramatsu 14K Solid Gold Flute with Closed-Holes, Offset G, Split E, Sterling Silver Keys, Pointed Key Arms and C-foot in Beautiful Condition Throughout


Muramatsu gold flutes stand in a class of their own and are some of the most sought-after flutes in the world. The 14K solid gold model is a beautiful model, the sound is deep and lusciously rich with a wide range of tonal colour and a sweetness in sound that cannot be obtained with silver models. The body, head and footjoint are made of solid 14K gold and the keys and mechanism are solid silver with pointed key arms, white gold springs and drawn tone holes. 

This particular flute is in beautiful condition, it was constructed in 1999 and was repadded by Muramatsu around 7 years ago with little playing time since. We are currently overhauling the flute and it will be offered in beautiful unmarked condition. I have priced it extremely competitively to sell and this is a rare and superb opportunity to purchase a very high quality flute from one of the world's most coveted makers. This model with this specification currently retails at £20,500 and they are extremely hard to find on the used market.

PRICE - £12,350

EDWARD ALMEIDA #459 HANDMADE SOLID SILVER OPEN-HOLED HANDMADE FLUTE WITH SOLDERED TONE HOLES AND B-FOOT


Edward Almeida has been making flutes since 1948, when he first apprenticed with Verne Q. Powell. In 1960 he was invited to become a part owner of the company, and was responsible for a number of significant innovations in flute making techniques which have since become standards in the industry. The Almeida Flute was introduced in 1969. By combining precision tooling and meticulous craftsmanship, Almeida ensured an accurately fitted and tuned instrument of consistently very high quality. Almeida flutes have a well deserved reputation for their lasting quality and for the consistently reliable sound preferred by discriminating performers worldwide. They are extremely coveted and very hard to find on the used market. 

This particular flute is in beautiful original condition and has been recently stripped, cleaned and adjusted. It offers the inline G, soldered tone holes and the sought-after B-Foot. These flutes are sought-after mainly for the construction and superb mechanism but this particular flute also blows very well. It is a very rare model and a collector's dream and is ready to play. Please note that personal opinion on restoration and adjustment on these vintage instruments may mean that you will wish to carry out your own servicing. We have serviced this flute and it leaves our workshop in playing condition. These vintage instruments are fragile however and it may need further adjustment on arrival and so we stress this. We have tested the flute with an electronic tuner and it plays comfortably at 440hz. Rarely, this flute comes with a double flute case, as it was originally paired with a Louis Lot owned by the same person. I have seen a few Almeida's in my time and this is by far the nicest example and the best sounding. PLEASE NOTE that I will consider part-exchange with certain flutes, please contact me for further details

PRICE - £5,750



PHILIPP HAMMIG GRENADILLA WOOD PICCOLO  - BEAUTIFUL CONDITION

Here is a rare opportunity to purchase a superb used Philipp Hammig piccolo. Hammig are renowned piccolo makers and are coveted by some of the world's top players.  

This particular piccolo has a Grenadilla wood head and body, silver plated keywork and it blows really well. The condition is superb throughout and has been recently fully serviced. The pads are used and we have replaced a couple but overall they have plenty of life so we have not needed to repad it.

I do not know the exact age of the piccolo but it has obviously been cherished and regularly maintained. These are extremely sought-after piccolos and rarely on the market. 

PRICE - £2,050

BEAUTIFUL ALTUS 1407 PROFESSIONAL SOLID SILVER OPEN-HOLE FLUTE WITH BRITANNIA SILVER HEAD (0.958) INLINE G AND C-FOOT IN SUPERB CONDITION.

Altus flutes are renowned for being of the highest quality and Altus been hand crafting flutes for over 25 years. The mechanism and style has been said to be based on the french maker Louis Lot with seamed tube and the quality of workmanship is superb. All Altus flutes have a beautifully crisp and easy sound in the high registers and benefit from lush, warm tones in the lower registers. Their sound is unique and coveted by some of the best players in the world.   

This Altus 1407 is an older handmade professional model that is solid silver throughout with soldered tone holes. It has been recently upgraded with a Classic Cut Altus Britannia silver head (0.958) which really makes the flute sing, giving it extra richness, width of tonal colour, excellent resistance and a beautiful sound.  This particular example has open-holes, inline G and C-Foot.  It has been stripped, overhauled and cleaned, the mechanism is tight and it is adjusted ready to go. A high quality flute with excellent pedigree, this is a lot of flute for the money.

PRICE - £3,320 (On Trial)


BEAUTIFUL ALTUS 1207 PROFESSIONAL SOLID SILVER (.925) OPEN-HOLE FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION.


Altus flutes are renowned for being of the highest quality and Altus been hand crafting flutes for over 25 years. The mechanism and style has been said to be based on the french maker Louis Lot with seamed tube and the quality of workmanship is superb. All Altus flutes have a beautifully crisp and easy sound in the high registers and benefit from lush, warm tones in the lower registers. Their sound is unique and coveted by some of the best players in the world. . The Altus 1207 is an extremely sought-after model, hard to find second-hand and perfect for advanced players/professionals.   

The Altus 1207 has a solid silver head, body, mechanism and keys. This particular example has open-holes, offset G, split E and C-Foot.  Pads are very good and the flute has been stripped, overhauled and cleaned. Current retail is £5,495 so this is a superb opportunity for someone to gain an immaculate example at a fraction of the price.

PRICE - £3,320

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BEAUTIFUL ALTUS 807 HANDMADE SOLID SILVER LIP (.925) CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN SUPERB CONDITION.


Altus flutes are renowned for being of the highest quality and Altus been hand crafting flutes for over 25 years. The mechanism and style has been said to be based on the french maker Louis Lot with seamed tube and the quality of workmanship is superb. All Altus flutes have a beautifully crisp and easy sound in the high registers and benefit from lush, warm tones in the lower registers. Their sound is unique and coveted by some of the best players in the world. The Altus 807 is an extremely sought-after model, hard to find second-hand and perfect for advancing students wanting a high quality sound.  The solid silver lip plate resonates the sound quality and the embouchure is precise and immediate, particularly good for the upper registers.

The Altus 807 has a solid silver lip plate, silver-plated head, body, mechanism and keys. This particular example has the sought-after closed-holes, offset G, split E and C-Foot and so is perfect for those students moving away from a student model with the same basic specification. The flute has been fully serviced with used pads and the silver is also excellent with no dents, ready to play. It comes with the Altus hardcase as seen in the photos and a soft case which will have some marks. 

PRICE - £1,140

HANDCRAFTED SANKYO PROFESSIONAL CF-501 FLUTE WITH STERLING SILVER HEAD (RS-5), STERLING SILVER BODY AND KEYS, OPEN-HOLES, INLINE G AND C-FOOT 


Sankyo have been making flutes since 1968 and their flutes are acclaimed all over the world for beauty of tone and evenness of technique. Each instrument is hand-made from carefully selected materials and is constructed to a very high standard. Sankyo maintain that they have pursued the 'perfect scale' by building a precise mechanism and hand manufacturing every pad. This CF501 professional model is a beautiful flute and benefits from a solid sterling silver headjoint (RS5), solid silver body and keys, white gold springs and drawn tone-holes. It has a pure and focused sound, bright and easy throughout the registers.

This particular flute was made in 1989 and has been completely overhauled. It does not have any dents/scratches to the body, has been cleaned and polished, oiled and repadded and set-up ready to play. A repad alone is £150 and so this is very useful work to have had done. It also has the benefit of a fitted 'e-ring' which is the equivalent of the split E mechanism on offset G models. 

PRICE - £2,615 



MURAMATSU AD SOLID SILVER HANDMADE FLUTE WITH CLOSED-HOLES, DRAWN TONE HOLES, OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOTJOINT IN SUPERB CONDITION


Muramatsu flutes stand in a class of their own and are some of the most sought-after flutes in the world. The sound is rich and lush and allows a wide range of tonal colour. The AD was the professional model made from 1981 which was replaced with the current DS model in 2003. At the time it was one of the top silver flutes that Muramatsu offered and It featured a solid silver head, body, tube and keys. 

This particular flute was constructed in 1986, has had one owner and has been very carefully looked after and maintained. We have stripped the flute and taken out scratches so that the silver is in beautiful condition. The pads are used but well seated and have live in them and so we have not repadded but we have serviced it and adjusted.  This is a superb set-up and a stunning flute and is pitched at 442HZ. It plays superbly throughout the registers with a full, rich and powerful sound. Quite frankly a lot of flute for the money, these flutes last a lifetime and the older models are always sought-after for excellence of build quality. 

If you are unable to try the flute or live abroad then please be assured that I will accept a return if the flute is not 100% perfect for you after a week of playing. I have no interest in players having the wrong instrument and pride myself on ensuring that my advice is unbiased.

PRICE - £2,520

BEAUTIFUL YAMAHA 411 SOLID SILVER CLOSED-HOLED FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN SUPERB CONDITION

'Yamaha 411 - The perfect upgrade flute'


For students looking to move up to a flute that will take them through Grade 8 and beyond, it is important firstly to benefit from solid silver and the richness of tone it offers.

The Yamaha 411 is the perfect upgrade for students as it features a solid silver headjoint, body and footjoint which gives a lovely warm sound and allows a student a much greater range of tonal colour . It also features the closed-holes, offset G and split E that students will already be comfortable with. This is also an excellent intermediate model that will last a lifetime and give a an excellent rounded sound.

This particular flute is offered in superb condition with no scratches or dents, fully overhauled with good used pads and comes with hard and soft case, ready to play. Perfect for any student upgrading from a basic student model and wanting something to take them to Grade 8 and beyond. Please feel free to contact me for advice and assistance

PRICE - £1,115



No.1 FLUTEMAKERS GUILD (1961) EWEN MCDOUGALL SOLID STERLING SILVER CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE 


This is a golden opportunity to acquire the very first flute made by this iconic British maker. The Flutemakers Guild in London was started in 1961, following the breakaway of seven craftsman from the famous flute makers Rudall Carte & Co. These craftsman specialised initially in handmade wooden then silver flutes and have since individually become some of the most respected British flute makers, their work extremely sought-after.

This beautiful flute recently came to me from an estate clearance. On closer examination it was seen not to have a standard serial number, just the number '1' in FMG engraved script. I checked the date via hallmark records and it is dated for the year 1961. After consultation with a gentleman who holds the early FMG records, we have confirmed that this is indeed the very first FMG silver flute ever made. It was made by Ewen Mcdougall in 1961 with 0.18 tubing, pitched to A-442 and was sold by the Flutemakers Guild to a Mrs Chawmer in that same year. We have also checked both the wall thickness and pitch and they both match the details.  The soldered tone holes are deeper than those of the models made in the following years and the flute is beautifully constructed. 

This is an extremely rare find and should be treasured. I hope that it finds the right home now that it has been rescued and given a new lease of life. I have priced very reasonably in my view for a flute that cannot be replaced. We have completely stripped the mechanism, cleaned and oiled the rods, adjusted the springs, cleaned the cups and painstakingly re-padded and re-corked the flute. The body has been buffed and polished and is in stunning condition. There are no dents, no scratches and the flute itself plays surprisingly well for one of this age. The added benefit is that it also plays to A-442. The case is not original but I have the old case in which it arrived. The older case is from the right time period I would say but it is not marked Flutemakers Guild and so I was not convinced that it was the correct case either and this is why I replaced it. I can forward photos of this to any potential buyer. 

PRICE - £6,995



Rare Albert Cooper Solid Silver Headjoint (1987) - Beautiful Condition


Up for sale is a very rare and beautiful headjoint made by probably one of the most sought-after and iconic flute craftsman of the 20th century. Albert Cooper was a British maker who, upon leaving Rudall Carte in the 1960's, set up shop in the shed at the end of his garden and with traditional tools became one of the world's most famous makers of headjoints and flutes. His cooperation with Brannen Brothers and William Bennett developed the 'Cooper Scale' to which Brannen now produce Brannen-Cooper flutes. He passed away in 2011 and left a legacy of beautifully constructed instruments but mainly headjoints and these are highly coveted and very rarely on the market. The solid gold heads are extremely rare. 

This particular head has been once adjusted to a Muramatsu AD and measures 19.73mm. This would easily therefore be adjusted to fit the larger diameter flutes but might need a larger adjustment for the smaller diameter ones. This head plays beautifully and Albert's heads are very hard to find used.

I am very lucky to have this one and an even rarer 9K gold AC head for sale. A world class headjoint by the late master craftsman. 

PRICE - £2,425 (On Trial)



BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE FLUTEMAKERS GUILD (#111) (David Keen) SOLID STERLING SILVER CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE  


This is a rare opportunity to acquire a superb flute from an iconic British maker. The Flutemakers Guild in London was started in 1961, following the breakaway of seven craftsman from the famous flute makers Rudall Carte & Co. These craftsman specialised initially in handmade wooden then silver flutes and have since individually become some of the most respected British flute makers, their work extremely sought-after.

This particular flute was handmade by one of the founding craftsmen, David Keen in 1966. It has been restored and fully repadded and overhauled and is in stunning condition.  It is closed holed with soldered tone holes, offset G, French pointed key arms and C footjoint. There are no dents, no scratches and the flute is beautiful throughout. It unfortunately does not come with the original case and is presently stored in a Yamaha hardcase. Generic replacement cases of all standards and designs can be found online relatively inexpensively and so I have not replaced this at present. 

PRICE - £2,135

BEAUTIFUL HAND-CRAFTED MURAMATSU EX SOLID SILVER HEAD FLUTE WITH CLOSED-HOLES , OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION (STUNNING SOUND).


The Muramatsu EX model is one of the most highly rated flutes in its class and benefits from the solid silver head which produces the beautifully rich, warm sound synonymous with Muramatsu. The headjoint is responsive and blows easily with a powerful sound, making these models perfect for advanced students (Grade7-8+) and Professionals and is especially coveted by Jazz Players and wind doublers.

This particular EX is in stunning condition throughout with no dents and is adjusted is ready to go. It has the offset G, Split E and closed-holes with C-Foot. These models are the most highly rated on the market at this level and the quality of sound is amazing for a solid silver head flute. Current retail price is £3,050 for this specification and this is the latest model and hardly used. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the flute. If you are unable to try the flute or live abroad then please be assured that I will accept a return if the flute is not 100% perfect for you. I have no interest in players having the wrong instrument and pride myself on ensuring that my advice is unbiased.

PRICE - £1,795

BEAUTIFUL AND RARE HANS REINER HANDMADE GRENADILLA WOOD PICCOLO (#120)

 

Here is a rare opportunity to purchase a used piccolo from the legendary Hans Reiner. 

Schöneck is a village near Markneukirchen southwest of Dresden in the heart of East Germany's historic instrument making region.  Hans Reiner learned flute making from his father Anton, who worked in the Philip Hammig shop. Hans completed his apprenticeship and worked with excellent craftsmen at the Gebr. Mönnig and Phillip Hammig firms.  He became a master flutemaker in 1936, set up his own shop and his piccolos are some of the most sought-after in the world. 

This particular piccolo is number 120 and I am not sure of the exact age but it would of course be an earlier model. The pitch is in C and it has a split E mechanism. Notes are beautiful and clear and the unique embouchure cut allows an immediate response. The quality is quite simply superb and we have stripped the piccolo and fully overhauled with new pads and cork. The mechanism has been cleaned, oiled and adjusted and there are no cracks. The wood is in excellent condition and overall this is a beautiful example. 

PRICE - £3,995



PHILIPP HAMMIG GRENADILLA WOOD CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE WITH NEWLY SILVER PLATED HEAD AND EBONITE REFORM LIP - BEAUTIFUL CONDITION


Here is a rare opportunity to purchase a beautiful Grenadilla wood Philipp Hammig flute. Hammig are renowned flute and piccolo makers and are coveted by some of the world's top players.   

This particular flute has closed-holes with offset G and split E. It has nickel silver, silver plated keys with pointed key arms, a C# trill key which also combines as a top G/A trill key and the footjoint has D# and C# rollers. It been completely overhauled and restored with new pads and hand cut corks and is in beautiful condition. The headjoint has been newly silver clad with sterling silver and has the added bonus of a reform headjoint. The head is surprisingly good with excellent response and the reform lip really helps to focus the sound. 

This is a beautiful professional flute with lots of upgrades by one of the world's top makers. A superb flute for a player wanting to move towards a more 'wood' sound but still with the projection and clarity that a metal flute offers.

PLEASE NOTE - The case is not original and whilst it provides protection it is not a great fit for the flute so I would consider looking at a replacement. 

PRICE - £2,800 

BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE FLUTEMAKERS GUILD (#121) SOLID STERLING SILVER CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE  

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a superb flute from an iconic British maker. The Flutemakers Guild in London was started in 1961, following the breakaway of seven craftsman from the famous flute makers Rudall Carte & Co. These craftsman specialised initially in handmade wooden then silver flutes and have since individually become some of the most respected British flute makers, their work extremely sought-after.

This is a beautiful and rare flute and finding a Flutemakers guild flute with a solid gold head and two footjoints is very unusual. It is closed holed with a 14K solid gold lip and riser, soldered tone holes, offset G, French pointed key arms B and C footjoints. There are no dents, no scratches and the mechanism has been serviced and adjusted. The pads have plenty of life in them and the headjoint plays beautifully with the gold adding an extra sweetness to the sound. The age is estimated to be in the late 1960's. It comes with what looks to be the original case and a carry case which is dated of course but adds protection so I have included it. 

Currently this flute resides with my repairer in Manchester and can be tried there. If this is not possible I allow any purchaser one week to fully test the flute after purchase. Should the flute not be suitable then I will refund in full (minus postage costs). I have no interest in any player having a flute that is not right for them and so I will always offer this refund on any flute purchased.

PRICE - £3,850

 

 POWELL 2100 BOSTON SOLID SILVER OPEN-HOLE FLUTE IN SUPERB, FULLY SERVICED CONDITION (STUNNING SOUND).


Verne Powell first started making flutes with Haynes in 1916. In 1927 he left and formed Verne Powell flutes and the Powell company are world renowned flute makers to this day. 

This particular flute is the Boston 2100 and is solid silver throughout with open-holes, inline G, drawn tone holes, pointed key arms and white gold springs. It has the Philharmonic cut headjoint which has the most iconic Powell sound with a rich, deep tone and also has the most resistance of all the Powell cuts. This makes this flute perfect for controlled dynamics and is a superb orchestral choice.

The pads are Straubinger and are used but have plenty of life. The flute has been stripped, polished, adjusted and is ready to play. 

PRICE - £2,800 


YAMAHA 411 SOLID SILVER CLOSED-HOLED FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION WITH CARRYCASE

'Yamaha 411 - The perfect upgrade flute'


For students looking to move up to a flute that will take them through Grade 8 and beyond, it is important firstly to benefit from solid silver and the richness of tone it offers. 

The Yamaha 411 is the perfect upgrade for students as it features a solid silver headjoint, body and footjoint which gives a lovely warm sound and allows a student a much greater range of tonal colour . It also features the closed-holes, offset G and split E that students will already be comfortable with. This is also an excellent intermediate model that will last a lifetime and give a an excellent rounded sound. 

This particular flute is offered in lovely condition throughout with no scratches or dents, brand new pads and comes with hard and a Tom & Will carry case, ready to play. Perfect for any student upgrading from a basic student model and wanting something to take them to Grade 8 and beyond. 

PRICE - £1,115



BEAUTIFUL HANDMADE FLUTEMAKERS GUILD (#425) SOLID STERLING SILVER OPEN-HOLE FLUTE MADE BY HARRY SEELEY

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a superb flute from an iconic British maker. The Flutemakers Guild in London was started in 1961, following the breakaway of seven craftsman from the famous flute makers Rudall Carte & Co. These craftsman specialised initially in handmade wooden then silver flutes and have since individually become some of the most respected British flute makers, their work extremely sought-after.

This beautiful and rare flute was made in 1976 by Harry Seeley. It is in stunning condition and is closed holed with soldered tone holes, offset G, French pointed key arms and C foot. There are no dents, no scratches and the mechanism has been serviced and adjusted. The pads have plenty of life in them and the headjoint plays particularly well for a flute of this age. It comes with the original case and carry case which is dated of course but adds protection so I have included it. 

Currently this flute resides with my repairer in Manchester and can be tried there. If this is not possible I allow any purchaser one week to fully test the flute after purchase. Should the flute not be suitable then I will refund in full (minus postage costs). I have no interest in any player having a flute that is not right for them and so I will always offer this refund on any flute purchased.

PRICE - £2,425

ROY SEAMAN 'LTD' PROFESSIONAL GRENADILLA WOOD PICCOLO (#5575) WITH STERLING SILVER KEYWORK


Here is a superb opportunity to purchase a used professional level Roy Seaman piccolo. For more than 30 years, Roy Seaman grenadilla wood piccolos have been the preferred choice of discerning players worldwide. Handcrafted to produce the warm, rich sound that blends so beautifully with other acoustic instruments, these instruments have long been recognized for their outstanding craftsmanship and performance. Features include a conical bore, and a special Seaman scale designed for consistent response and intonation throughout all registers.

This particular piccolo is the top of the current range with carefully selected Grenadilla wood, solid sterling silver keywork and split E mechanism. The condition is superb throughout and has been fully overhauled although we have kept the used pads as they are well seated and have plenty of life. The silver is excellent and the condition of the wood superb. I do not know the exact age of the piccolo but it is the current range (#5575) and has obviously been cherished and regularly maintained.

For those who have not tried a Roy Seaman piccolo then I would describe them as very similar in clarity of sound and tone to a Hammig..  This piccolo comes with the original hardcase, cleaning rod and a Cavallaro carrycase in good condition with some marks.

PRICE - £1,495

YAMAHA 411 SOLID SILVER CLOSED-HOLED FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION. 

 

'Yamaha 411 - The perfect upgrade flute'

For students looking to move up to a flute that will take them through Grade 8 and beyond, it is important firstly to benefit from solid silver and the richness of tone it offers. 

The Yamaha 411 is the perfect upgrade for students as it features a solid silver headjoint, body and footjoint which gives a lovely warm sound and allows a student a much greater range of tonal colour . It also features the closed-holes, offset G and split E that students will already be comfortable with. This is also an excellent intermediate model that will last a lifetime and give a an excellent rounded sound.

This particular flute is offered in hardly used, beautiful condition throughout with no scratches or dents, new pads and comes with hard case, ready to play. Perfect for any student upgrading from a basic student model and wanting something to take them to Grade 8 and beyond. 

PRICE - £1,115 

JUAN ARISTA HANDMADE OPEN-HOLE FLUTE (14K GOLD RISER) (#420) WITH INLINE G AND B-FOOT IN PRISTINE CONDITION.


Over thirty years ago the Arista family established a small flute-making workshop in Boston, Massachusetts. In time, the brothers entered into the craft, each having mastered all aspects of mechanical fabrication and aesthetic detail. Flute virtuoso William Bennett and his friends Adrian Brett, Richard and Chris Taylor introduced critical refinements to the Arista instrument that make this flute unsurpassed in craftsmanship and tonal quality. It is an instrument that, in the words of Mr Bennett, ''embodies that mysterious something that only a few French flutes have.'' Arista have become, in a relatively short period of time, one of the world's most coveted flute makers and are celebrated for there craftsmanship and quality of sound. 

This particular flute was constructed in 2002, is pitched at 442hz and is in absolutely beautiful unmarked condition. It is open-holed with soldered tone holes, inline G and B-Foot with gizmo key. The head is the L2 cut which has a perfect combination of strength, beauty and colour, enhanced by a 14K gold riser, an expensive upgrade.  This is a superb opportunity for someone to gain an immaculate example at a fraction of the price.

PRICE - £6,985

Rare Albert Cooper 9K Solid Gold Headjoint (1983) - Beautiful Condition


Up for sale is a very rare and beautiful headjoint made by probably one of the most sought-after and iconic flute craftsman of the 20th century. Albert Cooper was a British maker who, upon leaving Rudall Carte in the 1960's he set up shop in the shed at the end of his garden and with traditional tools became one of the world's most famous makers of headjoints and flutes. His cooperation with Brannen Brothers and William Bennett developed the 'Cooper Scale' to which Brannen now produce Brannen-Cooper flutes. He passed away in 2011 and left a legacy of beautifully constructed instruments but mainly headjoints and these are highly coveted and very rarely on the market. The solid gold heads are extremely rare. 

This particular head has come from a professional flautist's estate and was sold to me by her niece. It was purchased from new in 1983 and was fitted to a gold plated Muramatsu ST (to be marketed shortly). This would easily therefore be adjusted to fit the larger diameter flutes but might need a larger adjustment for the smaller diameter ones. It came to us with a couple of dings and some light scratches and these have been invisibly taken out and the tube is now immaculate. I played this on the Muramatsu and it has a beautifully warm and sweet sound with excellent resistance, it is quite simply a classy headjoint and a piece of history also.

PRICE - £4,250 (On Trial)


VERNE POWELL 'CONSERVATORY' MODEL (CHM-0356) - OPEN-HOLES, INLINE G and C-FOOT.


Verne Powell first started making flutes in 1927 and the Powell company are world renowned flute makers to this day. This particular flute is the very sought-after and highly rated Conservatory model. Made from Sterling silver throughout with drawn tone-holes, white gold springs, French pointed key arms, 0.16'' wall thickness and handmade custom headjoint with Philharmonic cut.  

This particular flute is in beautiful condition and hand engraved with the serial number CHM (Conservatory hand made) 0356. I have contacted Powel and will have a date of manufacture shortly. It has been completely stripped down and carefully overhauled and the pads are Straubinger and replaced only in 2016.  It has a stunning sound with very strong projection, the Philharmonic cut giving excellent resistance and allowing perfect control of dynamics. Current retail for this model with this set-up is £8,550 and this flute is in beautiful condition so the asking price is very attractive. 


PRICE - £4,985


BEAUTIFUL GEBRÜDER MÖNNIG GRENADILLA WOOD PICCOLO IN C WITH REFORM LIP (#9691)


Here is a rare opportunity to purchase a lovely handmade piccolo from the Gebrüder Mönnig workshop in Markneukirchen, Germany.  Gebrüder Mönnig have been handmaking instruments for over 100 years alongside the Hammig workshop in Markneukirchen. Their work is of the highest standard and these piccolos have a beautiful tone.

This particular piccolo is made of grenadilla wood with German silver keywork and has been recently repadded and fully serviced. The wood does not have any cracks or repair and the silver is in excellent condition with light scratches/tarnish. I suspect it was made in the 1960's, the keywork is German silver and it is pitched at 442Hz.

This is a professional handmade piccolo of the highest quality and a superb purchase at an excellent price. It also has the added bonus of a reform lip which helps to focus the breath and makes playing easier than just an embouchure hole. 

PRICE - £1,420


BEAUTIFUL ALTUS 907 SOLID SILVER HEAD (.958) OPEN-HOLE FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN PRISTINE CONDITION.


Altus flutes are renowned for being of the highest quality and Altus been hand crafting flutes for over 25 years. The mechanism and style has been said to be based on the french maker Louis Lot with seamed tube and the quality of workmanship is superb. All Altus flutes have a beautifully crisp and easy sound in the high registers and benefit from lush, warm tones in the lower registers. Their sound is unique and coveted by some of the best players in the world. The Altus 907 is a superb semi-professional model, hard to find second-hand and perfect for advanced players/professionals.   

The Altus 907 has a solid silver head, asilver plated body, mechanism and keys. This particular example is the newest model with the Britannia silver (.958) headjoint, giving a much warmer and fuller sound. It has closed-holes, offset G, split E and C-Foot and therefore is a perfect upgrade for any student moving up from their basic student model and wanting a high quality handmade flute to take them to grade 8 and beyond. This flute is offered in beautiful condition throughout, is unmarked and looks like a showroom model. The hardcase is superb also and there is a carrycase, although this is worn around the edges being the protective outer case. 

PRICE - £1,515


YAMAHA YPC-91 PROFESSIONAL GRENADILLA WOOD PICCOLO - BEAUTIFUL CONDITION

Here is a rare opportunity to purchase a used Yamaha YPC-91 professional wood piccolo. This is the very best that Yamaha have to offer and the current retail price is £6,600. The wood is seasoned grenadilla and is handmade by Yamaha's top craftsman. The toneholes are undercut and the mechanism is solid sterling silver with white gold springs and split E mechanism.

This particular piccolo has been fully overhauled with new pads. The silver is excellent and the condition of the wood superb. I do not know the exact age of the piccolo but it has obviously been cherished and regularly maintained. 

PRICE - £2,230


ALTUS 1107 PROFESSIONAL SOLID SILVER (.958) CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN SUPERB CONDITION.


Altus flutes are renowned for being of the highest quality and Altus been hand crafting flutes for over 25 years. The mechanism and style has been said to be based on the french maker Louis Lot with seamed tube and the quality of workmanship is superb. All Altus flutes have a beautifully crisp and easy sound in the high registers and benefit from lush, warm tones in the lower registers. Their sound is unique and coveted by some of the best players in the world. . The Altus 1107 is an extremely sought-after model, hard to find second-hand and perfect for advanced players/professionals.   

The Altus 1107 has a Britannia (0.958) silver head, body, silver-plated mechanism and keys. This particular example has the sought-after specification with closed-holes, offset G, split E mechanism and C-foot. Pads are very good and the flute has been stripped, overhauled and cleaned. Current retail is £4,650 so this is a superb opportunity for someone to gain an immaculate example at a fraction of the price.

PRICE - £2,520


MURAMATSU PTP PLATINUM PLATED SOLID SILVER FLUTE WITH OPEN-HOLES, INLINE G, AND C-FOOT IN PRISTINE CONDITION

Muramatsu flutes stand in a class of their own and are some of the most sought-after flutes in the world. The sound is rich and lush and allows a wide range of tonal colour. The PTP  is platinum coated sterling silver and Muramatsu themselves admit it is indistinguishable in sound difference to the solid platinum version. 

This particular flute is in beautiful condition with excellent pads and has been serviced regularly. It is open-holed with inline G and C-Foot. There are no scratches or dents and it comes with the Muramatsu hard and soft case. I do not know the exact age but this flute looks and plays as if it is only a couple of years old.

These models hardly ever come up for sale and are around £13,000 new so this is a superb opportunity. 

PRICE - £6,400

Beautiful YAMAHA YFL-511 semi-professional solid silver flute with closed holes, offset G, split E, pointed key arms and C-Foot

'PERFECT STUDENT UPGRADE'


For students looking to move up to a flute that will take them through Grade 8 and beyond, it is important firstly to benefit from solid silver and the richness of tone it offers.  The Yamaha 511 is the perfect upgrade for students. It features a solid silver head, body and foot which gives a lovely warm sound and allows a student a much greater range of tonal colour, an upgraded mechanism with lighter touch and French pointed key arms. It also features the closed-holes, offset G and split E that students will already be comfortable with. This is an excellent semi-professional model that will last a lifetime. PLEASE NOTE that the case is quite worn, it is tatty on the outside especially but offers full protection. 

This particular flute is offered in superb condition with no scratches or dents, it has been fully overhauled with recent pads and comes ready to play. All flutes come with a return guarantee and we pride ourselves on our customer service.

PRICE - £1,300

Handmade Muramatsu 9K Solid Gold Flute with Open-Holes, Inline G, SPLIT E (rare) Sterling Silver Keys, Pointed Key Arms and B-foot in Beautiful Condition Throughout


Muramatsu gold flutes stand in a class of their own and are some of the most sought-after flutes in the world. The sound is rich and lush and allows a wide range of tonal colour with a sweetness in sound that cannot be obtained with silver models. The body, head and footjoint are made of solid 9K gold and the keys and mechanism are solid silver with pointed key arms, white gold springs and drawn tone holes. 

This particular flute is in beautiful fully overhauled condition, there are no scratches or dents and the pads have been repadded with Pisoni Lucien Deluxe. This is a very interesting flute as we noticed that all but four tone holes have been changed from drawn to soldered tone holes. We contacted Muramatsu and they commented that it was not manufactured with soldered tone holes but it is a beautiful job and exquisitely done (I have the correspondence). We normally suggest that it might have had damaged but there are no signs of this and the holes have been systematically changed across the flute including trill keys. Our best guess is that a highly skilled flute maker decided to change the tone holes and did not finish the work. The work would have been extremely skilled and expensive and this has obviously been done by a flute maker rather than a repairer. The flute plays beautifully and whether this has enhanced the sound I cannot comment but it certainly has not diminished the quality. Also, although it is an inline G, it has a split E mechanism and this was a factory addition, a rarity and an expensive upgrade. It also has the sought-after B-Foot upgrade with gizmo key. 

Obviously this was a highly cherished flute and I know it has had two owners but the previous owner just remembers it being called a very special flute by the original seller. I do not know the exact age but this flute now looks and plays as if it is only a year old and is a stunning example. I have priced it extremely competitively to sell and this is a rare and superb opportunity to purchase a very high quality flute from one of the world's most coveted makers. This model with this specification currently retails at £15,500 and they are very hard to find on the used market. This therefore is an extremely competitively priced used model in top condition.

PRICE - £10,445




BEAUTIFUL YAMAHA YFL-674 SOLID SILVER OPEN-HOLE FLUTE WITH C-FOOT


This is a superb opportunity to acquire one of Yamaha's most sought-after models. The 674 is from Yamaha's professional range and has recently been discontinued. The head and body is solid silver throughout, the keys and mechanism are silver-plated with french pointed key arms and drawn tone-holes. A firm favourite with wind doublers and quite often mixed with a bespoke headjoint, this is a high quality professional model, made when the standard of Yamaha models was at its best.

The 674 model was made with Yamaha's new type-4 scale which has more accurately centered notes. The body is very well constructed and the mechanism light and accurate with white gold springs. It features open-holes with offset G and split E, popular with students and those with smaller hands. This particular flute also benefits from the EC headjoint cut which features a slightly higher chimney wall (riser) and a more vertical cutaway to the lip plate. It therefore has an immediacy of sound which is crisp as well as firm and well rounded. It is easy to play and allows the player flexibility to add their own tonal colour to the sound.

Condition of this flute is superb throughout, it has had one owner, is approximately 10yrs old, the silver is in beautiful condition, pads have plenty of life and it has been fully serviced ready to go. It plays very nicely and cleanly and this is a lot of flute for the money. Due to prices of Yamaha models increasing with changing exchange rates, the 674 particularly has increased steadily in price and is one of the most sought-after professional models. It also comes with a soft carrycase as seen in the photos.

PRICE - £1,665

YAMAHA 411-SLGB (Ltd Edition) GOLD BRASS CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT

 

'PERFECT STUDENT UPGRADE'


This is a rare opportunity to acquire a very special model made by Yamaha for the Millennium. Based on the current 411 silver model, it has the same specification with closed-holes, offset G, split E and C-Foot, however the base material is made from gold brass. Yamaha´s unique expertise with the various alloys used in brass instruments led to the discovery that gold brass (brass with a higher than usual copper content) is the perfect material for optimum tone, weight, and playability. The gold brass gives a rich, colourful sound normally found in heavy wall silver or gold flutes and due to the cost of production this particular model was only produced for the Millennium and for a few years after as a special edition. It is therefore very hard to find and a superb purchase for a student wanting the sound of a high specification professional model without the high price tag. The headjoint is the CY cut which is responsive and easy to blow through the registers. This flute also features a .925 solid silver lip-plate and riser and silver-plated mechanism.

Please contact me for further details prior to purchase This particular flute in superb condition with no dents and only a couple of minor blemishes (see photo) and the pads are very good. I have had the flute serviced, adjusted and cleaned and it is ready to play. Normally we would have taken out the small scratches you can see on the photo, but as the flute is lacquered this was not possible. The flute comes with the Yamaha hardcase which is in superb condition. These models represent superb value for money and I know a previous buyer who added a pro headjoint and said that the overall tonal quality was very much like solid gold. 

This is a rare flute and the Yamaha 400 series is without doubt the most popular intermediate model on the market. The 411 is two solid steps up from the 211 student model and whilst keeping the same ease of play, offers the student a much richer quality of sound. This is a perfect flute for a student coming up to grade 5 level and above and will easily take them through Grade 8 and on to college level. Alternatively for a hobby flautist wanting a lovely rich sounding flute that is more akin to the sound of gold (lush and sweeter) then this is a superb alternative. This comes with the new style Yamaha carrycase (no shoulder strap).

PRICE - £1,380 (ON TRIAL)

GEMEINHARDT SOLID STERLING SILVER PICCOLO - BEAUTIFUL CONDITION


Here is a superb opportunity to purchase a used Gemeinhardt solid silver piccolo. Gemeinhardt are a superb company based in Elkart, Indiana, with a history that dates back to 1928 and they have been producing quality instruments ever since.

The Gemeinhardt 4S Solid Silver piccolo is perfect for advancing students wanting a raised lip piccolo with an excellent quality of sound. The 4S is bright and responsive and warms up and holds the tuning easier than a wooden piccolo. The design and construction is excellent and this is a high quality piccolo with a sterling silver head and body with soldered tone holes, silver plated mechanism and a conical bore design,  perfect for the serious musician and the concert stage. A more advanced piccolo than the Yamaha piccolo in this price range in my opinion. The silver is brighter than the wood and the lip makes it easy to blow. 

This particular piccolo is superb throughout and the pads have plenty of life and are well seated. We have serviced and adjusted the piccolo and it is ready to go. The hardcase is brand new and is a snug fit. 

PRICE - £995 

YAMAHA 411 SOLID SILVER CLOSED-HOLED FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION WITH CARRYCASE

'Yamaha 411 - The perfect upgrade flute'

For students looking to move up to a flute that will take them through Grade 8 and beyond, it is important firstly to benefit from solid silver and the richness of tone it offers.

The Yamaha 411 is the perfect upgrade for students as it features a solid silver headjoint, body and footjoint which gives a lovely warm sound and allows a student a much greater range of tonal colour . It also features the closed-holes, offset G and split E that students will already be comfortable with. This is also an excellent intermediate model that will last a lifetime and give a an excellent rounded sound.

This particular flute is offered in lovely condition throughout with no scratches or dents, brand new pads and comes with hard and is ready to play. Perfect for any student upgrading from a basic student model and wanting something to take them to Grade 8 and beyond. 

PRICE - £1,115


YAMAHA YPC-62 PROFESSIONAL GRENADILLA WOOD PICCOLO - BEAUTIFUL CONDITION


Here is a rare opportunity to purchase a used Yamaha YPC-62 professional wood piccolo. The wood is seasoned grenadilla and is handmade by Yamaha's top craftsman. The mechanism is sterling silver plated with split E mechanism.

This particular piccolo has been fully serviced, the plating is excellent and the condition of the wood superb. I do not know the exact age of the piccolo but it has obviously been cherished and regularly maintained.

The pads are Pisoni Lucien Deluxe which are excellent pads and they are in superb condition. 

PRICE - £850


PHILIPP HAMMIG GRENADILLA WOOD PICCOLO (650/4) WITH SOLID SILVER KEYWORK AND TWO HEADJOINTS- BEAUTIFUL CONDITION


Here is a rare opportunity to purchase a superb Philipp Hammig piccolo. Hammig are renowned piccolo makers and are coveted by some of the world's top players. This is the very top of their range with seasoned Grenadilla wood and solid silver keywork.

This particular piccolo is the older 650/4 with solid silver keywork and has the added bonus of a reform headjoint and a silver-plated metal head with lip plate. The piccolo came to me with just the metal head and I purchased a used Hammig reform head from Matthews in Holland. I also renewed the plating on the metal head and so it is effectively a new headjoint. Having two headjoints is ideal for those players either moving on to the piccolo or upgrading and transitioning to a non-lip plate. Also the metal head gives a lovely clear ring to the sound, mellowed by the grenadilla wood body. 

The reform(wave) headjoint was £600 and is a beautiful head with the curved wood helping to focus the sound. The condition is superb throughout and the piccolo has been fully overhauled with brand new pads. The silver is excellent and the condition of the wood superb. I do not know the exact age of the piccolo but it has obviously been cherished and regularly maintained. 

PRICE - SOLD