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Pre-Owned Powell Handmade Solid Flute


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Unless stated otherwise, all of our pre-owned, ex-demo and ex-display instruments are checked, set up or serviced in our workshop prior to sale.

Our Description

The Powell Solid Handmade flute has superb projection and clarity of sound over the range of the flute. 

General Condition

This Golden Age Powell flute was made in 1958 and is in very good condition and playing order. The original lip-plate has been replaced by Albert Cooper, and a split E mechanism has been added at a later date. At some point, the standard B-Bb trill key has been replaced by a B-C trill (which some players may find more useful), and the previous Powell thumb key replaced. This work has all been carried our well, and actually the replacement thumb key makes it very easy to slide your thumb betwee the two keys. This flute produces a great sound and is a great price for an instrument of this standard. 

This item is sold “as seen”. It has not been checked in our workshop prior to sale, and this is reflected in the selling price.

About Powell

In 1916, Verne Powell joined the Wm. S. Haynes Company to make wooden flutes and piccolos. By 1926, Powell was the shop foreman at Haynes and was running much of the business. Later that year, he left Haynes to make his own flutes. In 1927, Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc. was incorporated at 265 Huntington Drive in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1961, Powell sold his company to four employees who ran the company until 1984 when two employees, Jim Phelan and Rob Viola, became the owners. In 1986 Steven Wasser bought the shares belonging to Mr. Viola and gained controlling ownership. Jim Phelan left the company in 1989 to pursue other interests, and Mr. Wasser became the full owner. Each Powell flute has a unique character, yet all bear a family resemblance. They are made with care to exacting tolerances. Ultimately, a Powell flute is crafted to a high musical performance standard.


Item Details

Item number: C3889 (Please quote this Item Number if you contact us about this item)
Serial number: 179***
Manufacturer: Powell
Category: Pre-Owned Professional Flutes

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