The Abell Flute

Abell Flutes with Gold and Silver Keywork

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 2023)

African Blackwood with Sterling Silver Mechanism:
Split-E mechanism (Offset-G only)add $1,100
C♯ trill keyadd $950
additional B foot$3,750
additional C foot$3,050
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)

  • Wood

    • African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon)
    • Mopane
    • Cocuswood (call for availability / pricing)

Additional Information

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 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. All flutes manufactured by The Abell Flute Co. are considered custom orders and are non-returnable and non-refundable.

Current delivery for new flute orders is between 10 months to 1 year, depending on the specifications required.
Update: due to the Covid19 virus restrictions currently in place, there may be additional delays on production and delivery.

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.

The Abell Flute Co. can also provide any necessary documentation regarding your instrument (date of production, materials used, appraisal, etc.) at no charge. Please contact us using the contact information provided below.

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

Note: As of January 2, 2017, all products manufactured from any of the Rosewood species (Dalbergia) are now regulated for commercial trade under the new CITES regulations ( African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is in the Rosewood family and is currently included on this list for regulation. However, there are no problems with exporting or importing instruments made from this wood aside from its being regulated by the countries involved. The Abell Flute Co. has all the required permits and documentation necessary for exporting and importing under these new CITES regulations. There may be delays on deliveries as well as additional costs for documentation required to ship Rosewood instruments internationally. Also, there may be documentation required to import Rosewood instruments into countries outside the US. Please contact The Abell Flute Co. for additional information.

Update: As of December 2, 2019, CITES removed the Rosewood family from its list of regulated items when used for musical instruments and parts. The above required documentations are no longer necessary.

Care and Maintenance

The Abell Flute Co. recommends that your Abell flute be serviced for the standard Clean, Oil and Adjust (COA) service at least once a year . This service includes disassembling the flute mechanism, cleaning and oiling the wood body and footjoint, cleaning and oiling the mechanism, and making any necessary adjustments to the pads and/or mechanism connections.

Recommended daily care instructions:

  1. Before beginning each playing session, open the case for a few minutes and let the flute acclimatize to the room before assembling the instrument. Once the playing session is finished, swab any excess moisture from the instrument and let the disassembled flute sit in its open case for a few minutes before closing the case.
  2. Swab out any excess moisture from the instrument after each playing session.
  3. Wipe the keywork and body with a clean cotton or micro-fiber cloth as needed.
  4. Do not oil the wood on the main body or footjoint; we will do any necessary oiling during the annual COA service.
  5. Do not oil the keywork; we will do this also during the annual COA service.
  6. Please do not keep any humidifiers inside the case with the flute.