When visiting the Powell workshop, many people are surprised for a variety of reasons: by the all-encompassing nature of making flutes or by the number of people working in our workshop.
But what surprises people most is that there are not shelves and shelves of flutes. Continuing the tradition started in 1927, Powell Flutes are only made to order. It is, perhaps, one of the more beautiful aspects of our instruments. We only make instruments which have been ordered by our customers. Upon completion, each flute is shipped out to a waiting flutist.
To keep manufacturing running on time, we do keep reserves of components and materials. Our machine shop is constantly making the parts needed for our handmade flute: tone holes, key cups, arms, rings, ribs, posts, and crowns. Once an order is received we organize all the needed materials for each flute. Next the handmaking process begins.
Once the flute is ready to leave, it is custom-fit in a French leather case and case cover, ready for a lifetime of music-making.
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