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Cherry Bansuri, Key of C (tonic G)

$350.00

Cherry wood bansuri, Key of C, Tonic G. The smallest bansuri I make, this is a good choice for beginners who might have trouble with the reach on a larger bansuri.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes.

Listen to the amazing Joshua Geisler demonstrate the C/G bansuri below.

Smokey ebonite Pratten's Perfected keyless flute

$1,599.00

A feast for the eyes and ears! Gorgeous Smokey ebonite Pratten-style “Irish” flute in the key of D (diatonic major tuning), featuring nickel silver tuning slide and bore rings. Partially lined headjoint and corked joints. Comes with padded flannel flute roll, cork grease and swab stick. I took an extra photo out in the sun to really show the color of the ebonite (it is more subdued than some of the colors and regular photos don’t capture it as well). Powerful, lively tone and response. Perfect for a session down at your local pub!

For players unfamiliar with ebonite, I strongly encourage you to read my blog entry on the subject. It is a truly amazing material for woodwinds of all kinds, and it is all-natural (not plastic or synthetic). Waterproof, stable and demonstrating superior acoustic properties. NOTE: ebonite does have a mild smell of rubber when it is warm, and some players don’t care for it. It seems to fade over time, and personally I don’t even notice it. However, it should be mentioned if you have a particularly sensitive nose.

Making ebonite is as much art as science, and colored ebonite is very expensive (but worth it!), and the finishing process is much more labor intensive than wood. The extra cost for materials and labor is reflected in the price of these flutes.

Sound sample pending.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar Basketmaker, Key of Bflat (for right handed player)

$275.00

Alaskan Yellow Cedar Basketmaker flute, Key of Bflat for right-handed player.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes.

Sorry–the sound sample is in the key of A! At this time we only have a demonstration of the 7-hole basketmaker in this key, but it will give you an idea of the range of the instrument. Key of Bflat is only a half-step higher in pitch.

Curly Douglas Fir Basketmaker, Key of Bflat (for right handed player)

$350.00

Curly Douglas Fir Basketmaker flute, Key of Bflat for right-handed player.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes.

Sorry–the sound sample is in the key of A! At this time we only have a demonstration of the 7-hole basketmaker in this key, but it will give you an idea of the range of the instrument. Key of Bflat is only a half-step higher in pitch.

Paulownia Wood Basketmaker, Key of Bflat(for right-handed player). Ultra light-weight!

$275.00

Paulownia Wood Basketmaker for right-handed player. This extraordinary wood is the lightest flute making wood I’ve ever encountered. Sought after for making wooden boats due to it’s strength and low density, it will blow your mind! It’s like playing a tube made from air. For any players who have issues with arthritis or just simply practice fatigue–this flute weighs next to nothing and has a huge sound. Normally a nearly white colored wood, it has been stained a rich, handsome brown. NOTE: This wood is quite soft, and it will absolutely get dented over time. This is cosmetic and probably inevitable if you handle the flute routinely, but it’s worth the trade off if you want a super light-weight flute with great resonance!

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes.

Bocote Shakuhachi, 1.8 Key of D

$475.00

Bocote wood Shakuhachi. Players have different weight preferences for shakuhachi. Bocote is on the heavier end of the spectrum (approximately 15 oz.)

Listen to world flute master Peter Phippen improvise on Ellis shakuhachi below.

Curly Cherry Shakuhachi, 1.8 Key of D

$475.00

Curly Cherry Shakuhachi.

Players have different weight preferences for shakuhachi. Curly Cherry is on the middle of the spectrum (approximately 10 oz.)

Listen to world flute master Peter Phippen improvise on Ellis shakuhachi below.

Curly Redwood Shakuhachi, 1.8 Key of D

$475.00

Curly Redwood Shakuhachi. Players have different weight preferences for shakuhachi. Curly Redwood is on the light end of the spectrum (approximately 5-6 oz.)

Listen to world flute master Peter Phippen improvise on Ellis shakuhachi below.

NEW! The Essential Flute, Bocote, Key of Eflat

$399.00

Essential Flute in visually striking Bocote, key of Eflat. The Essential Flute is ideal for both Celtic music and World music of all kinds. Diatonic major tuning. Featuring a tapered head bore for improved intonation and projection. Ergonomic embouchure hole placement for right-handed player.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes

Listen to the amazing Blayne Chastain demonstrate the flute in the sound sample below.

NEW! The Essential Flute, Bubinga, Key of Eflat (Domestic sale only)

$399.00

Essential Flute in beautiful black walnut, key of Eflat. The Essential Flute is ideal for both Celtic music and World music of all kinds. Diatonic major tuning. Featuring a tapered head bore for improved intonation and projection. Ergonomic embouchure hole placement for right-handed player. Due to CITIES restrictions, this flute is only available in the U.S.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes

Listen to the amazing Blayne Chastain demonstrate the flute in the sound sample below.

NEW! The Essential Flute, Cumberland Honey Ebonite, Key of D

$499.00

Visually stunning Essential Flute in D, made from Cumberland Honey ebonite (see comments below). The Essential Flute is ideal for both Celtic music and World music of all kinds. Diatonic major tuning. Featuring a tapered head bore for improved intonation and projection. Ergonomic embouchure hole placement for right-handed player.

The finger hole spacing on the D tuning may not be as comfortable for players with smaller hands, in which case I’d recommend the key of Eflat or F.

Listen to the amazing Blayne Chastain demonstrate the flute in the sound sample below.

For players unfamiliar with ebonite, I strongly encourage you to read my blog entry on the subject. It is a truly amazing material for woodwinds of all kinds, and it is all-natural (not plastic or synthetic). Waterproof, stable and demonstrating superior acoustic properties.

Making ebonite is as much art as science, and colored ebonite is very expensive (but worth it!), and the finishing process is much more labor intensive than wood. The extra cost for materials and labor is reflected in the price of these flutes.

NEW! The Essential Flute, Curly Black Walnut, Key of D

$399.00

Gorgeous Curly Black Walnut, key of D. The Essential Flute is ideal for both Celtic music and World music of all kinds. Diatonic major tuning. Featuring a tapered head bore for improved intonation and projection. Ergonomic embouchure hole placement for right-handed player.

The finger hole spacing on the D tuning may not be as comfortable for players with smaller hands, in which case I’d recommend the key of Eflat or F.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes

Listen to the amazing Blayne Chastain demonstrate the flute in the sound sample below.

NEW! The Essential Flute, Curly Black Walnut, Key of Eflat

$399.00

Essential Flute in beautiful Curly Black Walnut, key of Eflat. The Essential Flute is ideal for both Celtic music and World music of all kinds. Diatonic major tuning. Featuring a tapered head bore for improved intonation and projection. Ergonomic embouchure hole placement for right-handed player.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes

Listen to the amazing Blayne Chastain demonstrate the flute in the sound sample below.

NEW! The Essential Flute, Curly Douglas Fir, Key of D

$425.00

Rare and stunning piece of Curly Douglas Fir! Essential Flute in the key of D. The Essential Flute is ideal for both Celtic music and World music of all kinds. Diatonic major tuning. Featuring a tapered head bore for improved intonation and projection. Ergonomic embouchure hole placement for right-handed player.

The finger hole spacing on the D tuning may not be as comfortable for players with smaller hands, in which case I’d recommend the key of Eflat or F.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes

Listen to the amazing Blayne Chastain demonstrate the flute in the sound sample below.

NEW! The Essential Flute, Curly Douglas Fir, Key of Eflat

$425.00

Essential Flute in rare and beautiful Curly Douglas Fir, key of Eflat. The Essential Flute is ideal for both Celtic music and World music of all kinds. Diatonic major tuning. Featuring a tapered head bore for improved intonation and projection. Ergonomic embouchure hole placement for right-handed player.

For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes

Listen to the amazing Blayne Chastain demonstrate the flute in the sound sample below.

NEW! The Essential Flute, Roasted Curly Maple, Key of C

$399.00

Essential Flute in Roasted Curly Maple, key of C. The roasting of the maple stabilized the wood and creates the beautiful, caramel coloring! The Essential Flute is ideal for both Celtic music and World music of all kinds. Diatonic major tuning. Featuring a tapered head bore for improved intonation and projection. Ergonomic embouchure hole placement for right-handed player.

The finger hole spacing on the C tuning is may not be suitable for players with smaller hands. In which case I’d recommend the keys of D, Eflat or F.

*For all wooden flutes, I recommend one of my Flute Care Kits. They are only available as an add-on purchase at the time of checkout (after you have pressed the “Add to cart” button you will see the option for the care kit right along side and you have to select it from the menu). The care kit includes the recommended wax, fine steel wool and instructions for maintaining the finish on your flute. Not for use on ebonite flutes * Sound sample is a C flute being played in the score to the EllisFlutes micro-documentary by Blayne Chastian.

3-piece xiao, Cumberland Ebonite, Key of C (tonic F)

$1,250.00

A feast for the eyes and ears! Gorgeous Cumberland ebonite xiao in the key of C (tonic F), featuring nickel silver tuning slide and tenons.

For players unfamiliar with ebonite, I strongly encourage you to read my blog entry on the subject. It is a truly amazing material for woodwinds of all kinds, and it is all-natural (not plastic or synthetic). Waterproof, stable and demonstrating superior acoustic properties.

Making ebonite is as much art as science, and colored ebonite is very expensive (but worth it!), and the finishing process is much more labor intensive than wood. The extra cost for materials and labor is reflected in the price of these flutes.

Enjoy the talented Scott August performing an original composition on one of my xiao in C/F!