Here is your chance to reveal your sources for DAMN GOOD CHEAP FLUTES. I know that we all want to protect our sources for fear that once the word is spread we will overload the maker with orders and limit our ability to obtain more. But, it is time to FESS UP!
I hope that our flute circle will forgive me (and especially you Sue), but I was recently fortunate enough to have played a little bamboo flute belonging to a friend. For a high B, it had none of the shrillness associated with higher pitched flutes and could handle different playing styles effortlessly. It played smooth and warm with pop. I felt myself coveting that little flute and was stunned when I learned that it only cost $50!!!
I went home after the circle and immediately located the maker's website (www.nztdesigns.com/jadeagle.html) and then sent an email to the maker (Dennis Frederiksen) and ordered a flute. I figured that even if he just got lucky with my friend's flute, I would only be out $50. Dennis was a pleasure to work with and my flute arrived in a week. It is a high C and damn is it sweet. It has become my hiking flute, not to say that I don't play it all of the time at home. My friends will tell you that I am much more taken with bass flutes, but I really love that little flute. And besides did I mention that it only cost $50!!!!
The only thing about the flute that I would change (and please understand that this is being extremely picky and I feel awful for even bringing it up) is that upon close inspection a glue seam is visible between the bamboo and a piece of cedar that acts as the nest. This is purely cosmetic and really not noticeable. Our circle members have picked up more of these bamboo flutes and I can tell you that they really are beautiful and the colors/characteristics of the bamboo make them one of a kind.
The website is a little confusing as there are no pictures of the bamboo flutes on the site. Dennis has photos of his wood flutes and they look beautiful, but I have never had the pleasure to play one and therefore could not say if they play as nicely as his bamboo flutes.
I definitely recommend giving Dennis your business. Take a chance on one of his bamboo flutes and you will not be sorry. Besides, did I mention that it only cost $50!!!!!! I am sure that if Dennis gets flooded with orders he may have to raise his prices a bit, but hell it will still be an outright steal. Keep in mind that the price was for a high key flute, though I believe that his mid ranges keys are priced similarly.
Now that I have confessed this source (and again my apology to Sue who found this maker for our Circle and who will probably kill me), it is time to FESS UP and reveal your source for DAMN GOOD CHEAP FLUTES.