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

Beautiful Yamaha YFL-581 Solid Silver Open-Hole Flute with Inline G, Pointed Key Arms, CY Cut Headjoint and C-Foot

''SUPERB ADVANCED STUDENT 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. Advanced students will also be looking to move to open-holes and an inline mechanism allows for better hand positioning.

The Yamaha 581 is a perfect upgrade for advanced students and those wanting a professional level flute. It features an upgraded Type 4 mechanism, pointed key arms, solid silver body and footjoint which gives a lovely warm sound and allows a student a much greater range of tonal colour . It also features the open-holes, inline G that is necessary to advance to and C-Foot. This is an excellent semi-professional model that will last a lifetime.

This particular flute is offered in beautiful condition with no scratches or dents, fully overhauled with new pads/corks and comes ready to play. It comes with the Yamaha hard case in excellent condition and a soft case which is worn but adequate.  Should you need advice and assistance on suitability then please contact me and I will be glad to help, I am an experienced flautist with over 15 years experience providing flutes to players around the globe.

**NOTE REGARDING INLINE G This set-up is for those students who do not have small hands and a good finger stretch. The inline G is only a half an inch difference in hand positioning but for young players or those with short finger stretch it may not suit. The offset G is there to specifically help with smaller hands and can promote lazy posture in those that do not require this help. For the vast majority of younger teenage students and certainly adults, the inline G should be the preferred choice. Feel free to contact me via above or via my web page LONDON FLUTES on Google.

PRICE £1,665

EDWARD ALMEIDA #459 SOLID SILVER HANDMADE FLUTE 


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


YAMAHA 894W GRENADILLA WOOD FLUTE (#7028) OPEN-HOLES, EC HEADJOINT, SOLID SILVER KEYWORK, INLINE G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT


The Yamaha 894HW is arguably one of the best modern wooden flutes on the market today and features the EC cut lip plate, carved out of a solid piece of Grenadilla wood, giving a powerful, responsive edge to the beauty of sound from this flute. The tone-holes are hand-crafted and inset and the keywork, posts and pillars are all of sterling silver construction with white gold springs. The flute has a beautiful sound, mellow yet powerful and perfect for modern orchestral work or early music. It is an absolute joy to play and is offered in beautiful condition, fully serviced and pads are good. (Please note that if posting, especially abroad, a further adjustment may be needed on arrival). It comes with the Yamaha hardcase in excellent condition.

This particular flute has had one owner and was purchased new in 2012.  It is in beautiful condition and also has a split E, very unusual for an inline G flute and an expensive upgrade when purchased. This is a very nice option to have on an inline G flute. This flute retails at over £9,600 with this specification and therefore this is a superb opportunity for a stunning and sought-after flute at a massive saving on the original list price.  

PRICE - £6,265

MIYAZAWA ATELIER II SOLID SILVER (FULL BRÖGGER SYSTEM) CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE WITH MZ-A (MZ-6) HEADJOINT, OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN SUPERB CONDITION.

Up for sale is a rare model to the European market. This is the Atelier II model which closely matches the BR-402 model. It is a superbly constructed handmade model with a pinless Brogger sytem which gives a very smooth mechanism with Brogger thumb key for a more comfortable left hand position. The body is sterling silver throughout and the keys are nickel-silver, silver-plated. The headjoint is the very popular MZ-A (previously MZ-6) which gives a faster airspeed, a relaxed embouchure offering a flexible and responsive blow with a lovely warm sound throughout the registers.

The Atelier II is generally sold direct to the Japanese market from the factory and so it is rare to find them over here and the same model number in Europe is their alto model. These are superb instruments and with this particular cut of embouchure are perfect for professional wind doublers and advanced students. 

This particular flute is in beautiful condition with no marks. It is offered with recent pads, it has been fully serviced and cleaned and comes with the Miyazawa hardcase. The current BR-402E retails at £3,595 and I have priced this flute at over £1,000 less, which is superb value. This is a lot of flute for the money and I thoroughly recommend it. I offer a full return and a discount - Please contact me for details.

PRICE - £2,375

YAMAHA YFL-581 SOLID SILVER HANDMADE FLUTE WITH CY HEAD, POINTED KEY ARMS, INLINE G AND B-FOOT

''SUPERB ADVANCED 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. Advanced students will also be looking to move to open-holes and an inline mechanism allows for better hand positioning.

The Yamaha 581 is a perfect upgrade for advanced students. It features an upgraded Type 4 mechanism, pointed key arms, solid silver body and footjoint which gives a lovely warm sound and allows a student a much greater range of tonal colour . It also features the open-holes, inline G that is necessary to advance to and this particular flute has the added bonus of the B-Foot allowing an extra note in the scale and increased depth of sound. This is an excellent semi-professional model that will last a lifetime.

This particular flute is offered in beautiful condition with no scratches or dents, fully overhauled with new pads/corks and comes ready to play. Should you need advice and assistance on suitability then please contact me and I will be glad to help, I am an experienced flautist with over 15 years experience providing flutes to players around the globe.

**NOTE REGARDING INLINE G AND B-FOOT - This set-up is for those students who do not have small hands and a good finger stretch. The inline G is only a half an inch difference in hand positioning for the left handbut for young players or those with short finger stretch it may not suit. Likewise the B-Foot requires a good stretch between the little finger and adjoining finger in the right hand. Adults and the majority of teenagers should have no difficulty and this is an advisable change - The offset G is there to specifically help with smaller hands and can promote lazy posture in those that do not require this help. Feel free to contact me via above or via my web page LONDON FLUTES on Google.

PRICE - £1,665

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YAMAHA YFL-614 SOLID SILVER CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE WITH C-FOOT

This is a superb opportunity to acquire one of Yamaha's most sought-after models. The 614 is from Yamaha's professional range and has recently been discontinued. The head and body are 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 614 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 closed-holes with offset G and split E, popular with students and those with smaller hands. This 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 particular flute is superb throughout, it has had one owner, is approximately 10yrs old, the silver is in lovely 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 600 series particularly have increased steadily in price and are one of the most sought-after advanced models in the range. 

PRICE - £1,675

HANDCRAFTED SANKYO ETUDE (CF-201) FLUTE WITH STERLING SILVER HEAD, SILVER-PLATED BODY AND KEYS, CLOSED-HOLES, OFFSET 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. The Etude is a superb upgrade for advanced students wanting a flute for their latter grades and beyond.  It benefits from a solid sterling silver headjoint and has a pure and focused sound, bright and easy through the registers and the offset G is useful for those with smaller hands or used to a student model.

This particular flute has been completely overhauled and does not have any dents/scratches to the body, it 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 comes with the original hardcase and represents superb value against the current RRP of £2,375. 

PRICE - £1,093



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 is a 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 - £2,450



 MURAMATSU EXIII CLOSED-HOLE SOLID SILVER HEAD FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT


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 beautiful condition throughout with no dents and has adjusted is ready to go. It has the offset G, split E mechanism and C-Foot and it comes with the original Muramatsu hardcase. These models are very sought-after and one of the most highly rated on the market at this level.

PRICE - £1,765




MIYAZAWA MC300R SOLID SILVER CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, E-RING AND C-FOOT 

 

Up for sale is a superb intermediate/semi-professional model from Miyazawa. The MC300R has a solid silver head body and foot and nickel silver, silver-plated keys and mechanism. This is a discontinued model made in the mid 1990's and represents excellent value against the current model. The action is light and the condition is excellent throughout. This is a perfect flute for advanced students and those moving away from a student model to a handmade flute. The closed-holes and offset G will help an easy transition and this will comfortably take any student through their grades and on to college.

Miyazawa are one of the top makers of flutes in the world and have been hand crafting flutes since 1969 and are highly regarded. If you need help and advice on upgrading your flute then please drop me a line and I will be happy to discuss your options.  

This particular flute is in excellent condition throughout with no dents or scratches (The little finger key (Eb) on the footjoint is slightly duller silver but this is a very minor cosmetic point). It is offered with used pads that are well seated, it has been fully serviced and cleaned and comes with the Miyazawa hardcase. It also has the benefit of an E-Ring and this is the equivalent of the split E making pitching for the top E slightly easier. I offer a full return and a discount - Please contact me for details.

PRICE - £1,380




MIYAZAWA PCM SOLID SILVER/COPPER MIX CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE WITH MZ-3B HEADJOINT, OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT 


Up for sale is a rare model to the European market. After lengthy experimentation and research, Miyazawa created some years ago the PCM silver alloy. This alloy contains silver, copper and other precious metals. PCM silver was developed from a desire to produce a material with a density greater than nickel silver and a hardness greater than sterling silver. Such a combination results in a material with a tonal range more colorful than nickel silver and with a response faster than sterling silver. 

This is a superbly constructed handmade model with Miyazawa's very popular MZ-3B headjoint cut. The Miyazawa 3B Head Joint works best for the flute player with a relaxed embouchure. It has excellent projection and an abundance of overtones - an exciting head joint to play. The combination of this with the superb density of the PCM mix makes this an excellent intermediate/semi-professional model and perfect for the advancing student.

This particular flute is in beautiful condition with no marks. It is offered with recent pads that are well seated, it has been fully serviced and cleaned and comes with the Miyazawa hardcase and soft NAP carrycase (some marks). 

PRICE - £1,380



HANDMADE MURAMATSU DS SOLID SILVER HANDMADE FLUTE WITH OPEN-HOLES, DRAWN TONE HOLES, POINTED KEY ARMS, OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND B-FOOT IN BEAUTIFUL 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 DS is one of the top silver flutes that Muramatsu offers. It features solid silver head, body, tube and keys with Muramatsu's high precision drawn tone holes which allows quick response, sharp staccato and beautiful legato.

This particular flute is in beautiful condition with no dents or scratches. The specification is the hard to find open-holes, offset G, split E and B-foot. This is the most expensive set-up and retails new at £8,500. It is approximately 5yrs old, has been fully serviced, pads have plenty of life. This is a superb set-up and a stunning flute and comes with the original hardcase and Muramatsu soft case.

PRICE - £5,950 

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 - £4,250


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

YAMAHA 451 SOLID SILVER HEAD CLOSED-HOLED FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN SUPERB CONDITION. 

'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 451 was the pre-cursor to the YFL-514 and featured an upgraded mechanism (lighter, more responsive) and solid silver headjoint. These are superb upgrade flutes for students wanting to move from their basic student model to a flute that will take them to Grade 8 standard. A solid silver headjoint enhances the tonal quality of any flute and as the head is the 'voice' of the flute, this produces 80% of the sound of any flute. The YFL-451 has closed-holes, offset G and split E and therefore has all the same requirements that students will be used to and therefore this is an easy transition.

This particular flute is offered in superb condition with no scratches or dents, fully overhauled with new pads (£150 cost) and comes ready to play. I would thoroughly recommend this model to any advancing student from grade 3 upwards.

PRICE - £1,100



IAN MCLAUCHLAN SOLID SILVER FLUTE HEADJOINT WITH 9K GOLD LIP AND RISER  



Ian Mclauchlan has been producing headjoints since 1981 and his work is highly sought-after. Played by professional and amateur players the world over, his headjoints are easy to blow, free-flowing and produce a wide range of tonal colour. This particular headjoint has the 9K solid gold lip and riser, giving that extra sweetness and warmth to the sound. It is in beautiful used condition with no dents and a superb purchase.  

A professional headjoint can make all the difference to a student flute. the majority of sound comes from the headjoint as it is the voice box of the flute. The body, whilst important, is not the main focus of improvement when looking to upgrade and simply changing the headjoint can transform the sound of the player. Headjoints can be fitted to almost any flute and please bear in mind that it is likely a small adjustment will be required. This is an inexpensive job and any flute repairer should be able to carry this out easily and quickly.  Please feel free to ring me to ask any questions that you may have or for any advice on the right flute. I am always happy to help and if I do not have the right flute for you, then I will search for one at no extra charge. Tel. (07939) 014248 for any advice or queries. Thanks, Kevin.

**Please note that whilst I accept returns on flutes, I cannot accept a return on a headjoint once it has been adjusted to fit another flute, so please bear this in mind**

PRICE - £1,100



MATEKI M0-02E SOLID SILVER HEAD CLOSED-HOLE FLUTE, OFFSET G AND SPLIT E

This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a beautiful handmade flute in fully serviced condition, ideal for advanced students and professionals. Mateki are one the top makers in the world for handmade flutes and their instruments are superbly constructed. They are known for their beautifully rich and mellow tonal colours and are perfect for cross over work and jazz. This particular model is the 02e and has a hand cut headjoint, handmade/constructed silver plated body with closed holes, pointed key arms, offset G, split E and C Foot. It is a superb flute with a responsive and warm sound and these models are extremely hard to find on the used market.

 As these flutes rarely come up and are of such lovely quality in construction and sound, I would strongly recommend this to any advanced student or wind doubler. This particular flute has been cherished and is in beautiful condition with no marks. It has been fully overhauled with recent pads and adjusted ready to play.

PRICE - £1,750 

SANKYO ARTIST (CF-401) SOLID SILVER FLUTE WITH CLOSED-HOLES, OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT 

Sankyo flutes are hand crafted and 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. 

The 'Artist' is the first completely solid silver model in the range. It benefits from a solid sterling silver headjoint, body and foot. The sound is very powerful and full with big, lush tones in the lower register. The current retail price of the CF-401 is £4850 and therefore this represents excellent value and this flute should last a lifetime if properly maintained.

This particular flute is an excellent example and is in superb condition throughout with new pads. It has the slightly smaller G Key which acts as a split E by reducing the hole size and therefore increasing the pitch when playing the top E. This is helpful to all players but especially to aspiring students used to this on their student models. I have had this flute completely stripped down and overhauled and it is ready to go. 

PRICE - SOLD


ROY SEAMAN PROFESSIONAL GRENADILLA WOOD PICCOLO WITH REFORM LIP (#1913)


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 range with solid silver keywork and has the added bonus of a reform headjoint. The condition is superb throughout and has been fully overhauled although we have kept the used pads as they are well seated. 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 and the serial number is 1913. For those who have not tried a Roy Seaman piccolo then I would describe it as very similar in clarity of sound and tone to a Hammig and of a high standard.  The original case hinges have broken and so I have ordered a replacement new handmade wood case. If you would like the original case also then please let me know. Outer protection also comes with a carrycase (pictured). 

PRICE - £2,375

LOUIS LOT SOLID SILVER FLUTE #9724 - OPEN-HOLES, INLINE G & C-FOOT


Up for sale is a beautiful original (not re-tuned) Louis Lot solid silver flute with open-holes, inline G and C-Foot. This is a later model Louis Lot  and was made whilst the company was owned by Strasser Marigaux Lemaire. The Louis Lot company changed hands many times during its life but the flutes were consistent in their quality. This particular model was produced in the 1970s and the pitch is A=442 without having been cut or re-tuned. 

This flute is in beautiful condition throughout, the silver is superb and it has been serviced ready to play. This is a perfect opportunity for someone to own a beautiful flute by an iconic maker and is a lovely example.  Solid Silver throughout - completely hallmarked French Open Hole Inline G Pitch A-442 Low-C foot 12mm x 10mm embouchure Case in good condition Just been serviced Pads are older skins, but seal well so have not been replaced. (Can be repadded by negotiation)

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a beautiful vintage flute. Should you have any enquiries then please contact Kevin Jones on 07939 014248. The flute is with my repairers in Manchester and can be tried there by arrangement.


PRICE - £3,675

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 - £3,995


MURAMATSU DS-RBE SOLID SILVER FLUTE WITH OPEN-HOLES, DRAWN TONE HOLES, POINTED KEY ARMS, INLINE G, SPLIT E AND B-FOOT 

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 DS is one of the top silver flutes that Muramatsu offers and currently retails at £9,600 with this specification. It features solid silver head, body, tube and keys with Muramatsu's high precision drawn tone holes which allows quick response, sharp staccato and beautiful legato.

This particular flute is in beautiful unmarked condition with superb pads and has been checked ready for sale. I believe that this flute was new in 2012 and has had little use. I comes with the upgrade of a split E mechanism and a B-Foot and looks and plays like new. It comes with the hardcase which is in excellent condition. This is a superb set-up and a stunning flute  

Please feel free to arrange to come and try the flute at your leisure. Currently the flute is at my repairer's in Manchester and my contact number is (07939) 014248. 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 - £5,545


SANKYO SILVERSONIC (CF-301) SOLID SILVER FLUTE WITH OPEN-HOLES, INLINE G AND C-FOOT 


Sankyo flutes are hand crafted and 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.

The 'Silversonic' is a superb upgrade for advanced students wanting a flute for their latter grades and beyond. It has all the sound benefits of its older brother, the CF-401 (Artist), but with silver-plated keys. It benefits from a solid sterling silver headjoint, body and foot. The sound is very pure and focused, with warmer tones in the lower register. The current retail price of the CF-301 is £3,995 and therefore this represents excellent value and this flute should last a lifetime if properly maintained.

This particular flute has been fully serviced and is in excellent condition. It has had one dent repair which is hardly visible to the naked eye and there are no signs of plating wear or pitting. It is offered ready to play.

PRICE - SOLD


MURAMATSU ST SOLID SILVER HANDMADE FLUTE WITH CLOSED-HOLES, DRAWN TONE HOLES, OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND BOTH C AND B-FOOTJOINTS IN BEAUTIFUL 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 ST was the older professional model made from the 1962 until 1981. It was replaced in 1981 with the AD model, which in turn 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 has the bonus of the split E mechanism and also TWO footjoints, both the C-Footjoint and the B-Footjoint (in its own Muramatsu case), which is a superb find. It has been completely overhauled with new pads and corks and the silver dipped and buffed to a beautiful unmarked condition. This is a superb set-up and a stunning flute and was probably made around the late 1970's-1980 and is 442HZ. It plays very nicely 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. 

PRICE - SOLD


YAMAHA YFL-81 PROFESSIONAL HANDCUT SOLID SILVER FLUTE WITH OPEN-HOLES, OFFSET G, SPLIT E, SOLDERED TONE HOLES AND C-FOOT

The Yamaha YFL-81 was the top of the line for Yamaha in the mid 1970s and 1980s and these models are beautifully made to last a lifetime. The best mechanism available, upgraded headjoint, soldered tone-holes, white gold springs and pointed key arms. These are very relevant flutes in today's market and offering the flautist a beautifully crafted instrument.

This particular flute offers the very sought-after specification of open-holes, offset G and split E, rarer to find on the top of the line professional models. The offset G is perfect for ladies or those with slightly smaller hands. This flute is offered in beautiful condition with no scratches or dents, fully overhauled with rgood pads and comes ready to play. Perfect for student upgrading, wind doublers or those wanting a very high quality model. The mechanism and body is superbly made and for this reason alone this is a superb flute if you have a bespoke headjoint that you would like to add to a high quality body. The flute plays beautifully as is and I would recommend it, this is a lot of flute for the money and the modern version which is the YFL-877 retails for over £7,000.

PRICE - SOLD


ALTUS 1007 SOLID SILVER 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 1007 is the first in the range with a solid sterling silver head and body and is a superb semi-professional model, hard to find second-hand and perfect for advanced players/professionals.   

The Altus 1007 has a solid silver head, body, mechanism and silver-plated keys. This particular example 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 is serviced and adjusted ready to go. The hardcase is superb also and there is a carrycase, although this is worn around the edges being the protective outer case. Current retail is £3,395 so this is a superb opportunity for someone to gain an immaculate example at £1,400 discount from the new price. 

PRICE - £1,895



HANDMADE MURAMATSU 9K SOLID GOLD FLUTE WITH OPEN-HOLES, INLINE G, STERLING SILVER KEYS 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 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 condition, there are no scratches or dents, the pads are used but are well seated with plenty of life and so we have not changed them. 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 £14,500 and they are very hard to find on the used market. This therefore is an extremely competitively priced used model in top condition.

PRICE - £8,100

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 - ON TRIAL