RED KITE FLUTES
I started making flutes like most makers for friends and family in 2007. When I found myself in a rut with no job I decided after much bullying by my friends to start Red Kite Flutes in 2008. My first few shows gave me encouragement and the rest are what they call history. I like to specialise in English hardwoods although I do use softwoods like Wellingtonia or Lebanese Cedar being the more popular. I also from time to time make some flutes from carefully selected exotic hardwoods which tend to be my more expensive flutes as the cost of the timber can get a little pricey at times. Nowadays I only make Six-Hole Flutes but will make Five-Hole Flutes order if I can’t talk you out of it. I try to keep a reasonable number of flutes in stock but I am quite happy to make to order. My flutes generally fall into 1 of 4 categories which are shown below. People tell me that I like to discuss what they want out of a flute and I use Skype a lot these days as face to face communication is I find so much better, so if you would like to chat send me a request to Phil.hutton29. Please put in the request who you are and what it is you would like to talk about.
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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