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