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



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 - £2,235

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

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

P

VERNE POWELL 'CONSERVATORY' MODEL (2007) - OPEN-HOLES, OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND B-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. It has a very sought-after set-up with open-holes, offset G, split E, C# trill key and B-Foot with gizmo key. It has been completely stripped down and carefully overhauled with new pads and corks, the silver professionally buffed. It has a very strong projection with a great sound, 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. 

PRICE - £5,225

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



MIYAZAWA ATELIER II SOLID SILVER (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 Partial Brogger sytem which gives a very smooth mechanism. 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.

I ALSO HAVE THE OPEN-HOLE MODEL (SEE BELOW)

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 £3,725 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 - £2,2560

BEAUTIFUL HAND-CRAFTED VERNE POWELL 14K AURUMITE BOSTON FLUTE IN BEAUTIFUL, FULLY SERVICED CONDITION (STUNNING SOUND).

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 14K Aurumite Boston model. Through a patented fusion process, Powell produces flute tubing made of interlocking layers of gold and silver. Known as Aurumite, this material combines the projection of silver with the warmth of gold. Aurumite 14k flutes have the sterling silver showing on the exterior of the tubing, and the 14K Rose Gold showing on the interior and the keys are solid sterling silver also. The difference in sound is quite astounding as it has all the rich tonal quality given through the solid silver with the lush, warm sweet sound that gold offers. The wall thickness is 0.16'', tone-holes are soldered, the mechanism is pinless with white gold springs.

This particular flute is in beautiful condition. It has open-holes, inline G and C-Foot with a beautifully engraved lip on the headjoint (Cut tba) and has been completely stripped down and carefully overhauled. It has the benefit of a G disc inserted (see photos) which acts in place of a split E mechanism, reducing the tone hole and there the making the pitch easier when playing onto the top E. The pads are used and are pure gold pads. Pure gold pads have an extremely thin layer of gold added to the surface and are said to be reflective and resonant. Many flute players say that the pure gold pads sound better than any other pad. Articulation is crisp and clean and the style produces a deep, rich tone with a broad dynamic range. 

The current 14K Aurumite model retails at £16,500. The original case is included and is in excellent condition and works perfectly. 

PRICE - £8,550



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


MIYAZAWA ATELIER II SOLID SILVER (BRÖGGER SYSTEM) OPEN-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. 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 has open-holes with French pointed key arms, offset G and split E mechanism with C-Foot. It is offered in beautiful condition throughout with no marks, it has been fully serviced and cleaned and comes with the Miyazawa hardcase and carrycase. The current BR-402E retails at £3,725 and I have priced this flute at over £1,000 less, which is superb value. This is a lotof flute for the money and I thoroughly recommend it. 

PRICE - £2,655

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


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

HANDCRAFTED SANKYO ETUDE (CF-201) FLUTE WITH STERLING SILVER HEAD, SILVER-PLATED BODY AND KEYS, OPEN-HOLES, INLINE G (E-RING) 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.

Please contact me for details This particular flute has the inline G but also the benefit of a fitted E-ring, which acts in the same way as a split E. It has been cleaned and adjusted and does not have any dents/scratches to the body. It comes with the original hardcase and an older non-Sankyo carrycase. This flute represents superb value against the current RRP of £2,375. 

PRICE - £1,095


YAMAHA 42 (411) SOLID SILVER CLOSED-HOLED FLUTE WITH OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN SUPERB CONDITION. 

'Yamaha 400 SERIES - 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 42 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 . The 42 is the earlier model of the current 411 and is the same flute with the same specifications except Yamaha have changed the numbering. 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 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. Please feel free to contact me for advice and assistance on 07939 014248. I am an experienced flautist with over 20 years experience and will be able to recommend the perfect model for any student.

PRICE - £1,025



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 - £1,665

MURAMATSU EX SOLID SILVER HEAD FLUTE WITH CLOSED-HOLES , OFFSET G, SPLIT E AND C-FOOT IN SUPERB 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 superb condition throughout with no dents and very minor marks and is adjusted is ready to go. It has the offset G and split E mechanism which is sought-after by advancing students. 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.

PRICE - £1,750

MURAMATSU AD SOLID SILVER HANDMADE FLUTE WITH OPEN-HOLES, DRAWN TONE HOLES, INLINE G AND B-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 has the bonus of the B-Footjoint which is a superb find and has the gizmo key to help facilitate the top C. 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, has had one owner and was probably made around the late 1980's 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 - ON TRIAL

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


MATEKI M0-062 WATANABE HANDMADE SOLID SILVER FLUTE WITH 14K GOLD RISER, CLOSED-HOLES, OFFSET G AND C-FOOT

This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a beautiful handmade flute by the highly regarded Mateki company.

Mateki was formed in the early 1980's by Mr S.Watanabe, originally a Muramatsu craftsman who left with Seuchi (Speedy) Tanaka to form their own company called Takumi. This lasted only a few years before Tanaka left to start the Altus company and Mr Watanabe formed Mateki (meaning Magic Flute). Mateki have remained a small flute factory, deliberately not mass-producing and so every flute is handmade to a high precision. They remain one the top flute makers in the world and their instruments are highly coveted. Known for their beautifully rich and full sound with mellow overtones, Mateki flutes are perfect for cross-over work as well as holding their own in any orchestral environment. 

This particular flute is an earlier model (#0024) and therefore would almost certainly have been constructed by the master craftsman Mr Takeuchi and the headjoint by Mr Watanabe himself . It is pitched at 440Hz, the headjoint is the Maple cut with a 14K solid gold riser and is marked with the Watanabe signature.  The tone holes are soldered, the keywork is closed with pointed key arms and it has the offset G and C-Foot.  We have cleaned and adjusted the flute and the pads are new (Pisoni S2). Condition is superb throughout without any dents or noticeable scratches and this is a beautiful example of a high level flute and blows cleanly and full.

PRICE - £3,325


PHILIPP HAMMIG GRENADILLA WOOD PICCOLO (650/4) WITH REFORM PALISANDER ROSEWOOD HEAD - 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 is the earlier 650/4 with solid silver keywork and has the added bonus of a Hammig reform Palisander headjoint.

The condition is superb throughout and has been recently fully overhauled with new pads. I do not know the exact age of the piccolo but it has obviously been cherished and regularly maintained. The Palisander headjoint is an expensive upgrade and really blows well, the reform lip helping to focus the sound. This is a superb professional set-up and offered ready to go.

PRICE - £2,500


MURAMATSU ST SOLID SILVER HANDMADE FLUTE WITH CLOSED-HOLES, DRAWN TONE HOLES, OFFSET G 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 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 been completely overhauled with new pads and corks and the silver dipped and buffed to superb condition fro its age. This was probably made around the late 1970's-1980 and is an excellent professional model for an advanced student. 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. Wind doublers often buy these models for their excellent construction and then add bespoke headjoints to them. 

PRICE - £1,600


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 - £2,615


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-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.

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

PRICE - £1,400

MURAMATSU ST SOLID SILVER HANDMADE FLUTE (#02136) WITH CLOSED-HOLES, DRAWN TONE HOLES, OFFSET G 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 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 been completely overhauled with new pads and corks and the silver dipped and buffed to superb condition for its age. This was probably made around the late 1970's and is an excellent professional model for an advanced student. It plays very nicely throughout the registers with a full, rich and powerful sound. These flutes last a lifetime and the older models are always sought-after for excellence of build quality. Wind doublers often buy these models for their excellent construction and then add bespoke headjoints to them. 

PRICE - £1,575


PHILIPP HAMMIG - Solid Silver Handmade Closed-Holes - Split E - C-Foot - C# Trill - G trill key - Stunning Flute


Here is a rare opportunity to purchase a beautiful Philipp Hammig flute. Hammig are renowned flute and piccolo makers and are coveted by some of the world's top players.   This particular flute comes from the period when Hammig were in East Germany and still a communist state, so before 1990 but I do not have an exact age.

This flute would have been the top of the line with French pointed key arms, C# trill key, high G trill key, extended G key, D# roller, extra Split E mechanism in addition to the standard. The pitch is 440HZ and the flute has had one owner who had it approximately 30 years. It is beautifully made and the best example that I have seen, it plays very sweetly through all the registers, especially the 3rd and has a lovely rich and smooth tone. 

Please note that I accept returns on any flute not suitable within 7 days of purchase. 

PRICE - £2,135

MURAMATSU DS SOLID SILVER HANDMADE FLUTE WITH OPEN-HOLES, DRAWN TONE HOLES, POINTED KEY ARMS, INLINE G AND B-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 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 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 

PRICE - £5,250