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Flute Fabrication

One of the oldest instruments, flutes have been part of just about every culture worldwide for thousands of years. Mainly carved from wood and reeds with a set of holes down the body, flutes have added an earthy, soothing, whimsical, and airy flair to many music genres such as ethnic songs and world music, military marches, classical melodies, and beyond. From whistles and pipe-style flutes to the European fife, Japanese fue, Native American flute, and western concert flute, there's no shortage of instruments found in the flute family.

Unlike the abundance of vertical flutes that feature a slit air chamber, the western concert flute is a transverse or cross flute that's blown from the side and played horizontally. Made from pure metal or alloys, the concert flute has 16 main keys that are padded and pressed down upon to cover the holes beneath. On the head joint, you'll find a crown to cap the top part of the flute, and a lip plate that surrounds the embouchure hole the player blows into. Next is the middle joint where a decorative barrel is typically placed, followed by the keys and foot joint.

Find the Flute for You

With a variety of flutes on the market, you have the choice of several finishes, holes, keys, and joints made for different playing styles and comfort preferences. Closed-holed flutes are great for younger players and students getting used to the feel of their instrument, while open-hole flutes are preferred by more advanced players.

Though most flutes are made with straight head joints, a curved head joint is sometimes found on a student flute to ease the student's hold of the instrument until their hands get adjusted.

C-foot joints indicate that the flute's range ends in a C. B-foot joints are a little longer to extend the flute's range, making the last note a B.

Gizmo keys enable a flautist to close the B tone hole without closing the low C or the C#.

Though some G keys are inline (in-line with the other keys), an offset-G key is mounted separately so that it's slightly offset from the other keys. Some players find that the offset G is more comfortable and reduces stress in different positions.

A split E key splits the double G keys so that when you play a G, it closes both Gs, and when you press down on high E, the lower of the Gs is closed. This helps your high E be more in tune, responsive, and sound a little smoother.

Something for Every Flautist

Whatever your preference, you can be sure to find a flute you like here at Sam Ash! From Armstrong to Azumi, Benjamin Adams, Gemeinhardt, Jean Baptiste, Jupiter, Pearl Flutes, Powell, Roy Benson, Selmer, and Yamaha, Sam Ash offers a varied selection of beginner, step-up, and professional flutes, as well as flute outfits. We stock everything you need to play and care for your instrument including cases, flute stands, key oil, plugs, finger rests, guides, and saddles, lyres, patches, cloths, cleaning rods, and care kits.

Feel free to fulfill all of your practice and performance needs with our vast selection of beginner instructional books, intermediate and advanced music books, tuners, and collapsible music stands. Our high quality instrument microphones will authentically capture your sound in the best light in the recording studio and on stage.

Taking flight on your first musical journey or looking to advance your current skills? Be sure to visit one of our Sam Ash Learning Centers, where we have highly-trained, professional music teachers on staff that are ready and eager to teach flute lessons!

Deciding on your next flute purchase? Take a look at our article "How to Choose Your Next Flute" to learn more about your options.

If you need help finding just the right gear, give us a call at 1-800-472-6274, where real musicians are standing by with the musical knowledge and expertise to help you satisfy all your musical needs!