Powell Grenadilla Custom-RBOE Handmade Flute
Perfect Performance Plan
Included with every new instrument:
- Pre-Sale Set-Up
- Owner's Check-Up
- Three-Year Warranty
Grenadilla is a member of the Rosewood family (dalbergia melanoxylon) and has been used for instrument making for centuries. Also known as African Blackwood, Grenadilla is a tremendously strong wood, making it very durable and less susceptible to cracks. We age our Grenadilla stock between 5-7 years before turning it into a flute body or headjoint. like a fine wine or champagne, the aging process gives our instruments a fuller body with more levels of sophistication to experience. these instruments have an organic sound which continues to unfold as the instrument is played over time. enjoy this instrument’s warm sound and unique response with a sterling silver or 14K Rose Gold pinless mechanism. this instrument features our modern Powell scale and a metal headjoint tenon. metal headjoints and wooden headjoints can be exchanged freely on this or any other of our instruments.
The Powell grenadilla-wood custom flute combines all the features of a metal Powell - superb build quality, free-blowing with far-reaching projection and a sweet tone - with the warmth and roundness of sound that wood gives. Using hand-selected cuts of seasoned grenadilla-wood ensures that the wood is of the highest standard.
- Philharmonic cut: A more traditional cut, capable of broad dynamic ranges, and creating a deep rich tone with extraordinary carrying power and focus.
- Soloist: Open and free in the top octave, rich and deep in the middle and bottom octaves, with great projection and flexibility.
In 1916, Verne Powell joined the Wm. S. Haynes Company to make wooden flutes and piccolos. By 1926, he was the shop foreman and was running much of the business at Haynes; later that year, he left Haynes to make his own flutes and Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc. was incorporated.
The instruments were immediately recognized as the very best a flutist could play and endorsements flowed in from flutists around the globe. In 1928, he completed his first all 14K Gold flute; soon piccolos and alto flutes were added. By 1930 the brand had representation in the Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Baltimore, and New York Orchestras. There were flutes which had a life of their own; #365 the “World’s Fair” Platinum flute of William Kincaid, #900 the only flute ever made entirely of 14K White Gold, #1142 the “Signature” Flute.
In 2016 Verne Q. Powell Flutes, Inc. was purchased by Buffet Crampon, joining nine other brands of wind instruments to complete the largest group of wind instrument manufacturers in the world.
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- Fully handmade thinwall grenadilla-wood headjoint and body
- Fully handmade .925 solid keys, ribs and rings
- Custom headjoint, with choice of cut: Philharmonic or Soloist
- Hand-cut tone holes
- 10k white gold springs
- Pinless mechanism
- Half-offset G key (inline keys not available on Powell wood flute)
- Available with open or closed holes
- Optional E mechanism
- Available with C footjoint, or B footjoint with gizmo key
- French-style 'pointed' key-arms
- Straubinger pads
- Leather-bound wood case
- Leather pochette case cover
- Wood cleaning rod
- Cleaning cloth