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NATIVE AMERICAN STYLE FLUTES


 

Made Especially For You
 
     
  Flutes range in length from Bass Size 33" long to Small Size 14" long .  
   
   
   


CHOOSE THE RIGHT FLUTE FOR YOU

* Listen To The Flutes
  Choose your favorite key. 
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*  Look At The Wood Choices
Choose your favorite wood.
 
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Wood Choices

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Order your flute made especially for you.
 

 


CUSTOMER COMMENTS

 "I'm crazy about the flute. I have another F# by a well-known maker, which is very nice, but it has a much more windy or breathy sound than yours. Yours has a fantastically pure sound, just like butter. I could play the low note all day just to listen to it. Many thanks!

Your friend,"

~~ Lance Porter
Internet Customer
Bradenton, FL U.S.A.


 "I have received the flute and I'm really enjoying it.
I'm playing in a native Tahitian group with a nasal flute and know we can make improvisation with Tahitian flute and Indian native flute together.
In the next few weeks I will order another flute, perhaps a double.

Thanks a lot."

~~ Stephane Milon
Internet Customer
FRENCH POLYNESIA



 "Jerry,
Many thanks once again with providing me with such a beautiful flute in sound and esthetics. The quality is outstanding. Recently I've had the opportunity to play various flutes with great disappointments as yours surpasses all. You are truly an artist who creates outstanding flutes with recording quality sounds. God Bless you and your hands, while I look forward to purchasing from you again, Thanks,"

~~ Eduardo Arce
Internet Customer
Missouri, U.S.A.





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LISTEN TO THE FLUTES



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 Bass Flutes Large Flutes Medium Flutes Small Flutes
Bb  B C C# D Eb
E F  F# G Ab
A Bb B C C#
D Eb E F F#



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  Which Key Of Flute Touches You?
  The natural rich warm sound that comes only from an instrument made from wood, touches the soul of all those who hear it. It is our experience that each individual person has a specific key that touches them uniquely. Discovering which key calms you, is easy on our website. We have lots of flutes for you to hear.
   
  Flute Sound Files ~ Not Electronically Altered
Our flute sound files DO NOT have any effects added to them. Our flutes sound exactly like this naturally (Clear, Crisp, Loud, Non-breathy, & No air hiss). Your flute will sound this way for you when you play it at home. Your flute will produce a rich, clean quality sound and have tremendous volume, without the use of a microphone.
   
  Concert Quality ~ A440 Tuned
Your flute will be tuned using an electronic tuner to ensure that it has concert quality pitch. This will enable you to play along with other instruments.
 
 



HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT FLUTE FOR YOU.
Email us if you have questions. ~ Click Here 

The 5 most important criteria are:

1. Playing Ease
2. Sound Quality
3. Volume
4. Pitch
5. Guarantee

 

 1. Playing Ease
Your flute should be very responsive and not require "special" handling to perform well. Playing the 1/2 holes should be easy for you. A well crafted flute will perform with ease.

Size does matter. Your first flute should conform to you, not you to it. Simply put, if it's uncomfortable for you to play, you won't play. If this is your first flute, choose the right size flute for your hands, you should be able to cover and uncover the finger holes easily without cramping or stretching. After you have been playing awhile, you can learn to stretch and get a bigger flute.


Jerry and Lisa Fretwell

Compare Flute Sizes

Notice how much closer together the finger holes are on the medium size flute as compared to the large size flute.

Jerry Fretwell is playing a Medium Size Flute ~ Key of A.
Lisa Fretwell is playing a Large Size Flute ~ Key of E


Questions to Ask Yourself

Is this your 1st flute?

If the answer is yes, then you may want to order a medium size flute to ensure that the flute naturally fits your arm length and finger stretch. If the sound of the larger size flutes appeal to you more than the medium size flutes, give us call and we can help you decide whether you can comfortably play a larger size flute. Phone: 417-535-6032

What size hands do you have? ie... a small woman or a 6 foot tall man?
People with small hands or hands that have acute arthritis will be more comfortable with the stretch of a medium size flute.

Do you play other instruments?
If you play a piano, guitar, silver flute etc... , then you are accustomed to stretching your fingers and a large size or bass size flute will work for you.

Do you work in a profession that encourages limberness and dexterity in your fingers? ie... Are you used to stretching your fingers?
If you are used to stretching your fingers, then a large size or bass size flute will work for you.

Talk with us, we can help you decide which flute size will be right for you. Phone: 1-417-535-6032, Email:
Jerry@fretwellflutes.com.


2. Sound Quality
Your flute should have a clear, non-breathy, non-hissy voice. The notes should sound solid and clean. When buying a flute online, call the seller and ask to hear the flute played live, without a microphone or effects added . Any flute will sound "surreal" with effects, like reverb or chorus added to it.

Call us and we will play our flutes for you over the phone so that you can hear their natural sound. Phone: 1-417-535-6032.

3. Volume
Without any electronic aid, you should be able to play your flute at a loud volume or a soft volume. A well crafted flute will do this. You will be able to play the flute we make for you at a loud or soft volume without the aid of a microphone.

4. Pitch
Standard A440 pitch is important if you want to play along with any other instrument. Being musicians, we feel it desirable to play our flutes along with other instruments. You can too. We make use of an electronic tuner while making our flutes. We will tune your flute to standard A440.
Jerry and Lisa ~ Guitar and Flute

5. Guarantee
Your flute maker should offer you an unconditional guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with the quality craftsmanship and/or the quality voice of your flute, they should offer to replace your flute or refund your purchase price. We provide an unconditional guarantee.

 


 CHOOSING YOUR FAVORITE WOOD
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Choose from the woods pictured below or send us a piece of wood that is special to you.

Cedar - Eastern
 Eastern Cedar Wood

Cedar - Western
Western Cedar Wood
 

Ash Ash  Wood


Ash - Curly 
Curly Ash Wood

Birch Native American Flute - Birch  Wood
 

Birch - Flame


Bloodwood
Bloodwood

BubingaBubinga Wood
 

Bubinga -Pomelle 
Bubinga Pomelle Wood


Canary Wood
Canary Wood

CherryCherry Wood
 

 Cherry - Curly 
Curly Cherry  Wood


Ebony - Gabon
Gabon Ebony Wood

Juniper 
 

Lacewood
Lacewood Wood


Leopardwood
Leopardwood Wood

MahoganyMahogany Wood
 

Maple
Maple  Wood


Osage Orange
 Osage Orange - bois d'arc Wood

PadaukPadauk Wood
 

Red Heart
Redheart Wood


Sassafras
Sassafras Wood

Sitka SpruceSitka Spruce Wood
 

Walnut
Walnut Wood


Walnut - Curly
Curly Walnut Wood

Yellow HeartYellowheartWood
 


Oak - Red
Native American Flute - Red Oak Wood

 

Red Oak can be the same color tone as white oak or it can have a pink/red hue to it. Each board is unique.
 Oak - White
White Oak Wood  

What differentiates a piece of white oak from a piece of red oak is the "Tick Marks". White Oak has long lines as tick marks. Red Oak has short lines as tick marks.


Pink Ivory

 Pink Ivory Wood

 Pink Ivory Wood
 

Pink Ivory has many shades of pink, salmon and pink/orange. Each piece of wood is unique. 
 Purple Heart

Purple Heart Wood

Purple Heart Wood
 

Fresh cut purple heart is a bright red/purple color. Over time, as the wood it is exposed to air and sunlight, the tone of the purple color becomes a deeper darker shade of purple.


Zebra Wood

Zebrawood

Zebrawood
 

Zebra Wood has two distinct grain patterns depending on the part of the tree that the board is cut from. Each board is unique.
 Kingwood
Kingwood Wood

Kingwood Wood

Kingwood Wood
 

Kingwood has two distinct grain patterns (Swirls and Stripes). The color tone can be a purple/brown or a blonde/brown. Each board is unique. 


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Flute Tone and Wood Choice
The tone of your flute is determined in part by the type of wood used. The softer woods produce a warmer tone. The harder woods produce a brighter tone. Tone is not volume. Tone is the texture of the sound.

Q: What woods are the softest and produce the most warm tone?
Eastern Cedar 
Aromatic Cedar
Western Cedar 
Western Cedar
Sassafras 
Sassafras
Q: What woods are the hardest and produce the most bright tone?
Purple Heart 
Purple Heart Wood
Osage Orange 
Osage Orange Wood
Gabon Ebony 
Ebony Wood




WOOD - Natural Colors and Grain Patterns
We have taken great care with our website images so that they are a good representation of the "true" color and grain patterns of the wood choices we offer. Wood naturally varies from piece to piece. The grain pattern and the shade of the color are things that vary slightly from piece to piece. The colors of the woods you see in our website images are what the wood looks like, naturally. We do not stain our flutes.



WOOD - COMBINATION FLUTES
Wood Combinations   

We can add inlay, endcaps, or rings to your flute.

 

You choose your wood combination.

Email or call us (417-535-6032) to discuss your specialty flute and pricing.



FLUTE PRICES
Flute prices are determined by the size of the flute, the cost of the raw wood to us, and the wear and tear on our equipment by the harder woods.

We have 5 categories of pricing.

Cedar Woods 
Domestic Woods - USA 
Imported Woods and X-tra Hard Domestic Woods 
Curly and Highly Figured Grain Woods - (Domestic and Imported) 
Rare Woods 

*All amounts are listed in United States Dollars (USD)

FLUTES

 PRICES
Based On
Size of Your Flute and Wood Choice
Bass Flute $225 - $350
Large Flute $175 - $300
Medium Flute $125 - $250
Small Flute $100 - $225


FLUTE BUILDING AND DELIVERY TIMES
Your flute will be made especially for you when you place your order. Building your flute takes 3-4 weeks. Transit time in shipping is dependant on your country's postal system and customs clearance process. We will email you with the tracking information when we ship your flute.

Flute Arrival To You

U.S.A.  4-5 weeks
Africa 5-6 weeks
Australia 5-6 weeks
Canada 5-6 weeks
Czech Republic 6-7 weeks
Denmark  4-5 weeks 
France  6-7 weeks
Germany  5-6 weeks
Great Britain
and Northern Ireland
5-6 weeks
Ireland 5-6 weeks
Italy 5-6 weeks
Netherlands 5-6 weeks
New Zealand 4-5 weeks
Spain  4-5 weeks
Sweden  4-5 weeks
Switzerland 4-5 weeks
All Other Countries 4-7 weeks

  International (non-U.S.A.) Transit Time

The delivery speed of the postal system in your country and the customs clearance time in your country determine how long your flute is in transit.
 
     




SHIPPING AND HANDLING FEES

We use the U.S. Mail System to ship our products. We ship using the Priority Mail and Priority Mail International Service. This provides tracking and insurance.   Jerry Fretwell - Post Office

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COUNTRY SHIPPING FEE
   
U.S.A.  $15
Africa 

 $44
Australia $46
Czech Republic $45
Denmark  $40
France  $38
Great Britain
and Northern Ireland
$45
Ireland $40
Italy $40
Netherlands $38
New Zealand $44
Spain  $40
Sweden  $44
Switzerland $38
All Other Countries $40

International Orders : Shopping Cart : Shipping Fee

International customers who use our online shopping cart will be charged a SPLIT shipping fee. At checkout, the $15 base fee will be charged. After you place your order, we will email you an invoice for the balance of the shipping fee. This amount will be the difference between the $15 you pay at time of check out and the actual cost to ship to your country.

We use a simple inexpensive online shopping cart service. It can not calculate multiple country shipping charges.

This simple shopping cart keeps our costs down and allows us to pass the savings onto you. We apologize for the inconvenience of having to split up the shipping fee.




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