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Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc.

Handmade Custom Piccolo
The orchestral repertoire makes many demands on the piccolo. The player depends on this instrument to confidently produce a strong, colorful sound that is in tune on the high notes of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8, while projecting well in the low passages of Ravel's Mother Goose Suite.

A Powell piccolo produces a dark, lyrical tone that makes the instrument sound like an extension of the flute. Powell makes piccolos from grenadilla and kingwood. Artisans carefully select only the highest quality wood, and promptly discard any flawed pieces. 

Custom Piccolos

Handmade Grenadilla piccolo,sterling silver mechanism

$6170.00

Wave Lip add

+$160.00

Profiled embouchureadd

+$160.00

Signature Piccolo

The Signature piccolo is made by Powell at Powell's workshop in Maynard, MA USA. Each instrument is made of aged grenadilla wood combined with a sterling silver mechanism. Signature piccolos utilize the Powell scale, Pisoni Star pads, and have A-442 pitch and a conical bore. Each tone hole is undercut by hand to allow ease of playing and enhanced resonance. All come with a cherry wood case, case cover, swab stick, and cloth.

Signature Piccolo

Handmade Genadilla piccolo, sterling silver mechanism

Our Price
$4530.00

Wave Lip add

+$150.00



Handmade Custom Flute
Each Powell flute has a unique character, yet all bear a family resemblance. Powell instruments are made, with care, to exacting tolerances. But, ultimately, a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to a musical performance standard.

From the first flute made in 1927 by Verne Q. Powell, to today's Powell flutes, the humanity of each artisan at Powell is reflected in the character of the instrument. The feel of a key or the aesthetic of a pointed arm are the subtle but telltale signs of the individuality of the flutemaker.

In the final analysis it is the musician who determines the true voice of the flute. The unique quality and excellence of a Powell instrument resides in its ability to be shaped by the flutist.
Throughout its history, Powell's tradition has been dynamic: it has successfully resolved the tension between innovation and the preservation of traditional qualities. Each new idea is tested against the primary question, "What will it do to the Powell sound?" Only those innovations that enhance Powell's artistic concept are adopted.

Because of Powell's dynamic tradition, many small decisions are made that cumulatively
create a unique and balanced whole: a flute that has both character and consistency.


  HEADJOINTS The headjoint is acoustically the most important part of the flute, and there can be no compromise with headjoint quality. Since 1927 Powell headjoints have reflected the changing demands of flutists while remaining true to the “Powell Sound” which is valued for its quality and flexibility of character. 

Handmade Custom flutes are offered with 3 styles of headjoint:

The Philharmonic headjoint is readily identified by its broader embouchure plate. Articulation is crisp and clean, and this style is capable of broad dynamic and timbral ranges. A player can create a deep, rich tone with extraordinary carrying powerand focus.

The strength and flexibility of the Soloist headjoint allows the player to fill a hall or perform the quietest passages easily, with complete command.  The slightly curved lip offers quick articulation and a full range of colors.

The Venti headjoint was developed by Mr. Paul Edmund-Davies to mirror his experience in a cathedral choir.  This headjoint has excellent depth of sound through all three octaves, and a very resonant and free third octave.

 

Handmade Custom Flute
Sterling silver Body Tubing: weights of .014", .016", and .018" are available for sterling silver flutes with no change in price. All Custom handmade flutes feature a Handmade Custom sterling silver headjoint, Straubinger pads, soldered tone holes, A=442, pointed key arms, French (open hole) keys, (plateau key cups using PlugO's), 10k white gold springs.
Includes a leather french case, leather case cover, wooden swab stick and cleaning cloths.

OPTIONS:  In-line or offset G key.  C# Trill key ($750.), Split E ($750.) G disc ($70.)
Choice of 3 headjoint styles: Philharmonic, Soloist or Venti.                  Flute with B foot.

 

$13,170.00



Handmade Conservatory Flute
The name "Powell" has meant excellence in flutes since Verne Q. Powell established his own workshop in 1927. Mr. Powell made his first conservatory flute in 1928, called the Commercial Model. These flutes had extruded tone holes, and plain cups with Y-arms.

Throughout its history, Powell's tradition has been dynamic: it has successfully resolved the tension between innovation and the preservation of traditional qualities. Since 1928 Powell has produced several versions of the Conservatory flute. Today's Conservatory models, introduced in 2002, combined the aesthetic of the traditional Handmade Custom model with Powell's Posi-Stop
TM tail design.

In order to maximize the resonance and response of the flute, none of the key tails rest on the flute tube. Instead, their movement is halted by nearly invisible Posi-Stops, which look like small spring posts set on the ribs of the ribs of the flute. French cups with pointed arms are standard.

STERLING SILVER The Conservatory Model is a handmade, professional quality flute. Sterling silver is used for both body and keys, and springs are 10k white gold. Tone holes are extruded to the renowned, Modern Powell Scale. Each sterling silver Conservatory instrument possesses the special sonority, scale, and color for which all Powell flutes are known.


GOLD Aurumite is the unique combination of sterling silver and gold, developed by Powell in 1987, and used for Handmade flutes since then. Through a patented fusion process, Powell produced flute tubing made of interlocking layers of gold and silver. The Handmade Conservatory version of Aurumite is called the "Aurumite 9k".

The outer layer of the flute is 9k rose gold, which is metallurgically fused to an inner layer of sterling silver. It is not made with plating or bonding. In fact an Aurumite 9k flute body contains 25 times more gold than a 24k gold-plated flute body, and the embouchure plate is solid 9k gold. The gold in the Aurumite 9k produces a warm and darker quality, while retaining the resonance and projection of silver.
HEADJOINTS The headjoint is acoustically the most important part of the flute, and there can be no compromise with headjoint quality.

Handmade Conservatory flutes are offered with the identical hand cut headjoints that are provided with Powell's Handmade Custom flutes. In other words, there are no separate Conservatory headjoints, as they are one and the same with Handmade Custom headjoints.

The 3 Styles of Headjoint:
Philharmonic
Soloist                       
Venti
(description above)

Aurumite
Through a patented fusion process, Powell produces flute tubing made of interlocking layers of gold and silver. Know as Aurumite, this material combines the projection of silver with the warmth of gold.

Handmade Conservatory Flutes
Aurumite 9K

Handmade, .016" Aurumite 9k body (exterior of 9k rose gold with interior of sterling silver), featuring a Custom Handmade .016" Aurumite 9k headjoint with 9K gold lip plate and sterling silver riser, sterling silver keys, 10K gold springs, drawn tone holes, A=442, pointed key arms, French (open hole) keys, (plateau key cups using PlugO's), Straubinger pads and
G disc.
Includes a leather french case, leather case cover, wooden swab stick and cleaning cloths.

OPTIONS:  In-line or offset G key.  C# Trill key ($750.), Split E ($750.)
Choice of 3 headjoint styles: Philharmonic, Soloist or Venti.                 Flute with B foot.


Our Price
$10,900.00

Silver
Silver, which has a density of 10.5 (g/cm3), has been used in flutemaking for more than 150 years. When properly worked it is capable of producing its renowned fine tone and excellent response. All silver used in Powell flutes is sterling silver.

Handmade Conservatory Flutes
Sterling Silver

Handmade, .016" sterling silver body tubing, featuring a Custom Handmade .016" sterling silver headjoint, sterling silver keys, 10K gold springs, drawn tone holes, A=442, pointed key arms, French (open hole) keys, (plateau key cups using PlugO's), Straubinger pads and G disc.
Includes a leather french case, leather case cover, wooden swab stick and cleaning cloths.

OPTIONS:  In-line or offset G key.  C# Trill key ($750.), Split E ($750.)
Choice of 3 headjoint styles: Philharmonic, Soloist or Venti.                 
Flute with B foot. 


Our Price
$8170.00

 





Only the best materials are used for the Signature Flute...
Sterling Silver headjoint
Sterling Silver body tubing
Sterling Silver mechanism
10k gold springs
Straubinger pads
Cherry wood case
Leather case cover

Signature Flute
Over the years we have heard many stories of flutists who yearn for a Powell flute, but are frustrated by the high cost of our Handmade instruments. They have asked for our design and sound. They wanted the flute to be reliable and affordable. Most of all, they wanted a Powell.

And so, Powell took the challenge. The flutemakers and engineers who work on our Handmade models collaborated to design a new flute. They realized that advanced technology was the only way we could make a flute in Boston, to Powell quality standards, at an affordable price. Fortunately, their designers are creative, and we are located nearby some of the most sophisticated technology in the world.

The result is Powell's new Signature Flute, made at the Maynard headquarters just west of Boston. It is crafted with proprietary technology that produces amazing quality. For nearly three-quarters of a century the name "Powell" has meant quality in flutes. It still does.

The Signature headjoint uses the lip plate of the Custom Soloist style headjoint in combination with a specially designed wall to produce a relatively free blowing head with the "Powell Sound".

"The refinement of sound and the overall quality in the Signature make this an ideal instrument for those seeking a more professsional approach to their performance."
Paul Edmund-Davies
Principal flute
Philharmonia Orchestra
(Paul Edmund-Davis a was visiting guest artist at Whipkey's Music in 2003).

Signature Flutes

.016" Sterling silver body tubing, .016" sterling silver handcut Powell Signature headjoint,
10K gold springs, extruded tone holes, A=442, French pointed arm key cups, Straubinger pads and G disc.
OPTIONS:  In-line or offset G key.  C# Trill key ($750.), Split E ($750.)
Includes cherry wood case, padded leather case cover, wooden swab stick and cleaning cloths.
Flute with B foot.

Our Price
$5990.00

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