|A 2013 Conservatory - inline with split-E|
Looking back through our archives, we found the 2002 Powell Handmade Conservatory brochure, which was the first brochure for that particular
model line. Twelve years later, the Handmade Conservatory flutes are some of
Powell's most popular models. So, how have they changed? Looking at
the original brochure helps answer that question...
The Handmade Conservatory flutes of 2002 had at least one characteristic from their
predecessor, the 2100 -- the "Posi-Stop" tail design. The brochure
describes this feature as follows:
order to maximize the response of the flute, none of the key tails rest
on the flute tube. Instead, their movement is halted by nearby
invisible Posi-Stops, which look like small spring posts set on the ribs
of the flute.
Also, the early Handmade Conservatory
flutes, just like today's models, offered the choice of a Powell Custom
headjoint. The difference in 2002 was that the headjoint styles
available were the Boston and the Philharmonic. The headjoint
descriptions from the brochure are below:
Boston style headjoint combines its own, graceful embouchure plate with
modern undercutting techniques. It is easily controlled, and produces
an open, clear tone with exceptional projection.
Philharmonic headjoint is readily identified by its broader embouchure
plate. Articulation is crisp and clean, and this style is capable of
broad dynamic and timbral ranges. A player can create a deep, rich tone
with extraordinary carrying power and focus.
the Philharmonic cut is one of three Custom headjoint styles
(Philharmonic, Soloist, and Venti), all of which are available with the
Finally, when comparing "spec
charts" from the 2002 and 2014 brochures, we can see differences in G
key and split-E options in particular. In 2002, the Handmade Conservatory flutes
(just like today) were offered with either an inline or offset G.
However, in 2002, Handmade Conservatory flutes that had a split-E were "half
offset." Today's Handmade Conservatory flutes come with a split-E option for
both inline and offset models. The split-E inline option was introduced
on the Handmade Conservatory flutes in 2013. Also, both the 2002 and current Handmade Conservatory flutes have French (open) cups. The 2002 models came with
the option of American cups, which were French cups with Plug-Os.
Between 2002 and 2014, Handmade Conservatory flutes have kept their material
choices, being offered in either sterling silver or Aurumite 9k. For
more on the today's Handmade Conservatory flutes, visit https://powellflutes.com/flutes/handmade-conservatory
|2002 Spec Chart|
|2014 Spec Chart|
|Page from the 2002 brochure highlighting choices.|
|Page from 2002 highlighting body material and headjoint styles.|
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