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I also have a YouTube channel with several videos of tunes played by experienced players. Please see the audio files page for details. In addition to feedback listed on the “Customers Comments” page on the sidebar, I received this unsolicited feedback, April, 2010. “”Excellent flute! Cheerful and professional customer service! I’d recommend this to any other beginner like myself who isn’t sure if they want to put $300 down for a “true” Irish flute without trying it out for 1/3 the cost. I’m progressing rapidly on Doug’s flute, and I’m glad I got it. Doug handled my order speedily and professionally — and when I lost my tipple-fajardo wedge, he installed a replacement wedge for me at no charge! Good busineeses like this deserve our praise. Way to go Doug!”
On the online flute forums my flutes are sometimes mentioned as “starter flutes”, suggesting that a player would ideally want a “better” flute as he/she progressed on the flute. However, I often receive email feedback from customers like the one I received today, September, 2010. Speaking of his purchase of my 3-piece, 6-hole low D flute with the lip plate headjoint, he wrote: “I paid five and a half and a half times what your flute and extra head cost me – for a higher maintenance wooden flute that doesn’t give me the satisfaction, playability and enjoyment I get from yours. Yours is even easier to half hole.”
The following flutes are arranged in order from the smallest size (highest pitch) to the largest size (lowest pitch). Optional lip plates are priced at +$25, and the Tipple-Fajardo wedges are included in the price of the flutes below. Please see the page “Sorting Out the Options” on the sidebar.
Accessories for the large-bore flutes:
Optional lip plate with either embouchure design @ +25
Faux rings (vinyl tape), if you request them, @ no additional charge
The above descriptions of the flutes as medium size and large size are arbitrary and are merely my attempt at separating the larger-bore flutes by relative sizes. Actually, both of these flute groups are made from the same size of pipe.
The pipe that I use to construct the large-bore flutes (G, F, E, Eb, D, C#/Db, C) is schedule 40, 3/4″ PVC plumbing pipe, which has an ID (internal diameter) of .800″ and a wall thickness of .125″.
For the low D flute: The 6-hole low D flute is 23 1/2″ long and weighs 6.2 oz. The 8-hole low D flute is 26 1/2″ long and weighs 7.2 oz. Both flutes have exactly the same finger hole placement. All flutes are available with offset or inline finger holes (please specify). Unless you have large hands, I recommend offset finger holes for the larger of the above flutes. The choice between inline or offset holes also depends on how you plan to hold the flute. Inline finger holes may be a better choice with the piper’s grip. Please refer to the separate page “Flute Finger Hole Comparison” for more details.
Flute Colors: I am currently offering flutes in white or jet black pvc. Both materials are similar in density and in the sound produced. I should say that since I introduced the black flute option, nearly all of the flutes that I have made are black. My customers are universally pleased with the appearance of the flutes in either color.
Flute embouchure: For the first ten years of my flutemaking (over a thousand flutes) I have used one embouchure design, a smaller round embouchure hole (about 9.5 mm in diameter) for all of my flutes. Recently, however, I have been encouraged to also offer a more conventional embouchure for the modern Irish flute. Please see the separate page, “Flute Embouchure” for more details, photos, and my recommendations. Update, June 2015: For the past year nearly all of the flutes that I have made have had the oval embouchure. I can now recommend it to all players at every level.
Faux Rings: I will install four vinyl rings of your choice on a new flute without an additional charge. Please see the page “Dressing Up Your Flute” on the bottom of the side bar.
In the USA I ship the above flutes by USPS priority mail with delivery confirmation (tracking) and insurance. If you will let me know your mailing address, I will quote you the total price including shipping , $7-12 in the USA. Multiple flutes can be shipped together for slightly more (please inquire). I like to ship international orders by insured USPS airmail. Please inquire for prices.
In the USA, while I prefer payment by personal check or money order, I can also accept a paypal payment (3% fee). For international orders I accept payment by international money orders in US dollars drawn on an USA bank, American Express, Western Union MoneyGram, or Paypal (add 4% to partially offset my paypal fee).
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