RED KITE FLUTES
Carrying on Phil’s Legacy
Red Kite Flutes was established by Phil Hutton in 2007 when, like most flute makers, he started making flutes for friends and family. In 2008 he found himself without a job and after much bullying by his friends, he decided to set up Red Kite Flutes properly. Phil’s first few shows gave him encouragement and the rest is what they call history. He liked to specialise in English hardwoods although he also used softwoods like Wellingtonia or Lebanese Cedar which have become 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.
Sadly, Phil passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in February 2017. It was a shock to his many friends and family and happened at a time when his business was really starting to take off, with The Vibe in London stocking his flutes. His wife Louise, best friend Mark Ward and two other friends, Steve Cloudsong and Faye Bradbury sat and discussed what to do and decided that Phil would have wanted his legacy to continue. They have fulfilled all of Phil’s previously arranged engagements and Louise learnt how to tune the flutes and has subsequently taught Mark’s son, Sam. So it is with gratitude that we move forward with his business. Gratitude to all that have supported us this year, for all the love shown and the loyalty; we are pleased to announce that Red Kite Flutes will continue to go forward producing flutes of the highest calibre in Phil’s memory.
Flutes generally fall into 1 of 4 categories which are shown below.
We are able to tune to the standard 440hz and to the 432hz.
The Standard Flute
These flutes are our base and cheapest flutes, usually made from softwood or a single species of wood. The price ranges from £90.00 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, a Low A and our drones. We will sometimes put together a themed flute and put it in this category. The price ranges from £180.00 to sometimes 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 they tend to take more time to make; usually 2 or even 3 times as long. The price ranges from £500 to well there is no limit as one day someone will want a Shotgun Drone in Ebony and we hate to think!
28 Brookside Road, Istead Rise, Gravesend, Kent, DA13 9JJ