Arthur Haswell Flute Repairs
Representing Just Flutes/Jonathan Myall Music in Northern England, we offer a full range of flutes for trial and sale, from step-up to professional/hand-made.
POPULAR STEP-UP FLUTES
Altus Azumi AZ-Z2 is a STEP-UP flute which marries a light yet robust body with an Altus sterling silver head joint featuring a Z-cut rectangular embouchure that is easy blowing - perfect for a student moving up to a better flute. Plated body, silver head; E-mech, closed or open holes, offset G, C foot. £1295
AZ-S2 with alternative embouchure cut also available.
Pearl 665 Forza. Pearl flutes are robust and have a character all their own. Their step-up model is the 665, and we recommend their new Forza silver headjoint which gives an excellent response and is designed to help embouchure development. £984
Altus 807RE is a classic in design and performance, an elegant and durable INTERMEDIATE flute that offers the same professional scale and ample projection as Altus' higher models. These light yet bullet-proof flutes give many years of playing pleasure. Plated body and head, solid silver lip-plate. Bennett scale. Open-hole, offset G, C-foot. £1795
Haynes Q1 brings the wonderful Haynes sound - rich and warm - to a new generation with their latest range of flutes. This is the entry level model and is a fantastic alternative to Japanese brands. Plated body and solid silver head. Open-hole, offset G, B-foot. £2750
As players progress it is essential they upgrade. A student flute is just that, designed to play easily and give the beginner a good start. Players reaching the higher Grades will be increasingly held back by a student flute’s limitations. The same applies at all levels. There is nothing more depressing for us as repairers than to see a player struggling and failing with an inadequate flute.
Three ways to upgrade from a student flute.
1. Intermediate flutes such as Altus 807 & 907 are made to fine tolerances and feature excellent headjoints. They are suitable for Grade 8 and beyond. For anyone thinking of going on to study music at college or university, an intermediate flute is recommended with open holes, offset G, and C-foot (optional B-foot). So a keen player at Grade 5 might consider this long-term upgrade.
2. Step-up flutes are a cheaper way of acquiring a flute that will be suitable for Grades 5 to 8. The best step-up flutes are superior instruments made on a budget, such as the Altus Azumi Z2 and Pearl 665 Forza.
3. If you have a student flute with a well-made body and mechanism, such as a Yamaha 211, you might add a handmade headjoint which could stay with you should you upgrade again to an intermediate flute.
In association with Just Flutes/Jonathan Myall Music of London, we offer the pick of new Step-up, Intermediate, and Professional/Hand-made flutes.
And we know from our experience which are well designed, carefully manufactured, and likely to give many years of service.