Powell Custom Flute


Verne Powell first started making flutes in 1927 and the Powell company are world renowned flute makers to this day. This is the Powell Custom Flute, handmade in Sterling silver with inline G, soldered tone holes, French pointed key arms and B footjoint.

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Category: SKU: 771




Verne Powell first started making flutes in 1927 and the Powell company are world renowned flute makers to this day.


‘Verne Q. Powell. A jeweler by trade, Powell fashioned himself a flute in 1910 from whatever Silver he could get his hands on, including Silver Dollars, watch casings, and spoons. This incredible feat of metal working landed him a job at another flute company in Boston. He worked there until 1926, leaving to create his own company. His goal was to be able to produce the world’s finest French flutes. Creating his own company gave him the freedom to devote himself to detail and artistry.

The instruments were immediately recognized as the very best a flutist could play and endorsements flowed in from flutists around the globe. In 1928, he completed his first all 14K Gold flute; soon piccolos and alto flutes were added. By 1930 the brand had representation in the Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Baltimore, and New York Orchestras. There were flutes which had a life of their own; #365 the “World’s Fair” Platinum flute of William Kincaid, #900 the only flute ever made entirely of 14K White Gold, #1142 the “Signature” Flute.

Over the decades, innovation became a hallmark of the Powell company. The first company to commercially make the Cooper Scale, the first company to mix Silver and Gold with the Aurumite Flute, the first to make 19.5K Rose Gold.’


This particular flute was made in 1986 and it is the handmade Powell Custom Flute. It has open holes, inline G, B footjoint (with Gizmo key) ,0.14 wall thickness, modern Powell scale, pitched at 442Hz and the tone holes are soldered. This flute has been recently stripped down and overhauled with new pads and corks and adjusted ready to play.

Condition of this particular flute is excellent with no dents or damage of any kind. The silver is superb condition and the flute itself plays beautifully and effortlessly. I have sold this flute previously in the past and I can thoroughly recommend it is a lovely example of Powell at its best.