THE ABELL FLUTE

The Abell Flute is a modern Boehm-system flute manufactured primarily from African Blackwood and Sterling silver with other tropical hardwoods and precious metals as options. Utilizing a modern scale and headjoint design based on the work of Albert Cooper, the Abell Flute is suitable for all musical styles from Baroque to Contemporary and in all musical settings from Solo to Orchestral.

Price List

January 2017

African Blackwood (Grenadilla) with Sterling Silver Mechanism:
C foot $12,800
B foot $13,500
Split-E mechanism (Offset-G only) add $950
C# trill key add $750
additional B foot $2950
additional C foot $2250
additional D foot $950

Please specify when ordering:

  • French (open hole) model or Plateau (closed hole)

  • Offset or in-line G keys

  • Pitch (A-440, A-442, A-444)

The price of the flute includes the following:

  • One black leather, velvet-lined case with nylon, velvet-lined cover, and a cleaning rod.

  • Insurance and postage for shipping within the USA.

Prices for gold mechanism, ornamental engraving, and custom orders on request.

Prices for flutes and headjoints are set at the time of production, not on placement of an order, and are subject to change. Flutes must be paid for in full to begin production, and notice will be given prior to start of production.

Current delivery for new flute orders is between 6 months to 1 year, depending on the specifications required.

Note: As of January 2, 2017, all products which are made from any of the Rosewood species (Dalbergia) are now regulated for commercial trade under the new CITES regulations. There may be delays on deliveries as well as additional costs and paperwork required to ship Rosewood instruments internationally. Also, there may be paperwork required to import Rosewood instruments into countries outside the US. African Blackwood is in the Rosewood family and is currently included on this list for regulation; however, there is no problem with exporting or importing instruments made with this wood aside from its being regulated by the countries involved.

Please note that the prices listed above are for the manufacturing only and do not include any additional VAT and/or Customs duties when the instrument is shipped outside the US.

To place an order, please contact the Abell Flute Co. directly from the information provided below.

The decision to become a manufacturer of wooden Boehm system flutes came primarily from one observation: that the pungent, reedy tone produced with a wooden flute is unequaled in any other material. While the brilliance of tone produced in the metal flutes is exquisite, there is a quality of sound, a dark rich fullness in the wooden instruments, which the metal flutes can only approach; and it is precisely this "wooden tone" that has inspired my work.

I have also maintained an intense curiosity in the actual design and manufacture of an instrument of such complexity, especially the joining of dissimilar materials like wood and silver. This interest in the making of fine flutes has allowed me another observation: that the standard of flute making has risen dramatically through the evolution of the metal flute.

Although many fine wooden flutes have been produced in the past, the recent changes in scale, headjoint design, and technology in manufacturing that have occurred in metal flute making have left these earlier wooden instruments practically obsolete. Through the good fortune of my association with Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, I have been able to apply those changes to the wooden instrument and can now offer a flute which includes the current standards of pitch, keywork action, intonation, and fluid tone production with the added attribute of the dark, pungent timbre found in wood.

By incorporating modern headjoint design into the instrument, I am able to produce a flute that not only articulates and responds as well as one of metal, but also delivers a full, rich tone allowing the player to feel comfortable in either small ensembles or larger orchestral settings.

-- Chris Abell