RED KITE FLUTES
Carrying on Phil’s Legacy
Phil started making flutes like most makers for friends and family in 2007. When he found himself in a rut with no job, he decided after much bullying by his friends to start Red Kite Flutes in 2008. Phil’s first few shows gave him encouragement and the rest are what they call history. He likes to specialise in English hardwoods although he also used softwoods like Wellingtonia or Lebanese Cedar being the more popular. Phil also from time to time made some flutes from carefully selected exotic hardwoods which tend to be more expensive flutes as the cost of the timber can get a little pricey at times. Flutes generally fall into 1 of 4 categories which are shown below.
The Standard Flute
These flutes are my base and cheapest flutes, usually made from softwood or a single species of wood. The price ranges from £85.00 for a high B to C to £140.00 for an Eb in English Oak.
The Designer Flute
These flutes are generally made from Hardwoods using lamination techniques, inlays, Pyrography or just a great piece of wood. The price ranges from £150.00 to £350.00 depending on the wood and how much work goes into making it.
The Specialty Flute
These flutes are generally the larger Bore flutes going up to, at the moment to a Low A and my drones. I will sometimes put together a themed flute and put it in this category. The Price ranges from £180.00 to, well some times over the thousand-pound mark.
The Signature Flute
These flutes are for the serious collector or player, made from the very finest materials usually Ebony and normally made to order. Being made from very expensive wood I do tend to take my time in making them usually 2 or even 3 times as long. The price ranges from £500 to well there is no limit as one day someone with want a Shotgun Drone in Ebony and I hate to think!
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