|Powell Custom Wooden Flutes debuted at the 1997 NFA
Looking at the brochure, we can see that there are some differences between the wooden flutes from 1997 and the current ones. In 1997, the flutes were made with tone holes that were attached to the body. Today, the tones holes are carved from the body (see our previous post on wooden flute tone holes by clicking here). Also, in 1997 there was an option of grenadilla or ironwood bodies and either an offset or "half offset" G. Today's wooden Custom Powell flutes are all made from grenadilla and have an offset G -- although we did experiment and produce an inline G, which you can see by clicking here to go to the Facebook album.THE POWELL WOODEN FLUTE:A TRADITIONAL FLUTE IN A MODERN WORLD
Powell's new wooden flute hearkens back to a time when all flutes were made of wood, and also looks forward to a new century where all things are possible.
The abandonment of wooden flutes came about as musical tastes changed, and as metal-working techniques became more sophisticated. Precious metal flutes had the further advantage of never cracking, and being relatively light and comfortable.
Our new wooden flute retains the warm sonority of traditional wooden instruments. However, the surprise for today's flutist goes beyond the instrument's beautiful keywork and amazing comfort. This Powell flute, made of grenadilla or red ironwood, provides wonderfully quick articulation. Durability and response have been enhanced by unified mechanical construction, and by crafting separate grenadilla tone holes that are then attached to the wooden body. This is an instrument that is equally at home playing baroque chamber works as it is performing modern music with a large orchestra.
We are looking forward to the 2014 NFA Convention and will have a few new things at the booth once again... Stay tuned by following announcements on our Facebook page and website.
|Front of brochure
|Back of brochure
|Description of wooden flute
|Inside of brochure, unfolded