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BASS SIZE FLUTES

Bass Size Flutes

  TRADITIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN STYLE FLUTES  
 

Made Especially For You
 
     
  Flute Key Choices: C,C#,D,Eb  
  Flute Lengths: 28" - 33"  


CHOOSING YOUR FLUTE

* Listen To The Flutes
  Choose your favorite key. 
Scroll down page to hear flutes. 
   
*  Look At The Wood Choices
Choose your favorite wood.
 
Scroll down page to see wood grain closeups. 

Wood Choices
 
  Order Flute
$$275 -$400
 
 

 

CUSTOMER COMMENTS

"G'day,
Love your work Jerry. My flute plays like a dream & sings like an owl. I'm very impressed with the accuracy of the note tuning. I tested using sinewaves from a synthesizer.
I wrote & played
flute solos for 2 of my ambient songs the day I got it, it will bring me many hours of joy - thanks mate!"

~Josh Van Haeff
Internet Customer
koongal Queensland
Australia
 



"I LOVE IT!!! Just the tone that I have been looking for. I took it to work with me Wednesday and the folks at work asked a lot about it. The reach is perfect."

~~ Ronnie Stafford
Internet Customer
TN, U.S.A
 






We have been given the spirit of:

Love, Power, and
Sound Mind

Be Not Afraid, for the spirit of fear was not given to you, it is a choice.

LISTEN TO THE FLUTES
Click on the blue letter to hear that flute. 

 Bass Flutes
C C# D Eb



Dial Up Internet is very slow at downloading files.
Be Patient ... Sound Files Are Worth The Wait.


  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.
   
  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.
 
   
  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.

LISTEN TO MORE BASS SIZE FLUTES
   
 
Click Here   Key of Eb Eastern Cedar Wood Eastern Cedar 
Click Here   Key of Eb  Zebrawood Zebra Wood 
Click Here   Key of D  Eastern Cedar Wood Eastern Cedar 

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  Key of D  Walnut Wood Walnut 

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  Key of D  Leopardwood Wood Leopard Wood  
Click Here   Key of C#  Bloodwood Bloodwood
Click Here   Key of C#   Eastern Cedar Wood Eastern Cedar 

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  Key of C  Maple  Wood Maple 

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  Key of C   Curly - Figured Maple  Wood Curly Maple



  HOW BIG ARE BASS FLUTES?
   
  Compare Flute Players.
Both are playing a Bass C Size Flute.
Mark is over 6' tall and Mrs. Henderson is 5'3" tall.
Notice how far Mrs. Henderson has to extend her arm to play the notes on the bottom and how far she has to spread her fingers to cover the holes. 
   
 
  We do not recommend Bass Flutes for anyone with small hands or a beginner player. Need help determining the size of flute that is a perfect fit for you? Call us ~ Phone: 1-417-535-6032. We'd love to hear from you. 
   
 


Watch this video of
Lisa Fretwell playing
a Bass D Flute.

 



CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE WOOD

Bass Size Flutes

FLUTES IN THE PICTURE
LEFT TO RIGHT
Zebrawood, Aromatic Cedar, Curly Maple, Bloodwood with Gabon Ebony tips, Zebrawood


  Flute Tone and Wood Choice
Eastern Cedar Walnut Zebrawood Curly Maple Purple Heart Wood

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.
 
  The Joy of Wood Shopping
" I have a blast when we go wood shopping. I'm like a kid in a candy store. Soooooo... many beautifully grained pieces of wood to choose from. We always come away with much more wood that we went to buy. Some pieces of wood, I "just can't resist". They just beg to be made into a flute." I just "love" to go wood shopping." ~~ Lisa Fretwell 

Most of our hardwoods and exotics we purchase from a speciality store about an hour away from our home. We hand pick each piece. We look for unique and beautiful grain patterns as well as exceptional color. We purchase our Eastern Cedar wood from a local young man. He cuts and mills the cedar from here in the Ozarks. Some of our rare and exotic woods, we purchase from other sources around the country. Koa and Curly Koa we purchase directly from Hawaii.
   
  Availability of Unique Woods
Most wood will make a wonderful flute. Call us ~ Phone: 1-417-535-6032 and ask about the availability of woods not shown on our website such as: Koa, Curly Koa, Honey Mesquite, Black Mesquite, Quina, Spanish Cedar, Sapele, Quilted Sapele, Rose woods, & Quatersawn woods.

Pieces of Wood Special to You
If you have a piece of wood that's special to you, send it to us and we will make your flute from that piece.

Some of our customers go to their local wood store and choose their own piece of wood. Wood grain and color are unique to each board that is cut. Each piece of wood has it's own unique spirit. When you can see and touch the piece of wood, the spirit of the wood can talk to you.
   
  Combination Flutes
 

 
Wood Combinations   

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

 

You choose your wood combination.


Call us (1-417-535-6032) to discuss your specialty flute and pricing.
   
  Three Commonly Asked Questions

Q: What do you use to seal the wood?
A: Over a period of several days, we apply several thin coats of non-toxic, humanly edible shellac to the outside of your flute. (It's the same shellac that is used in the food industry when making licorice candy.) After the shellac has set completely. We give your flute a mineral oil bath and we place it in the drying rack for a couple of days to dry. Clear shellac lets the natural grain pattern and color of the wood stand out. Your flute will have a soft shine.
 
Padauk Bloodwood Redheart
Q: What are the differences between Padauk, Bloodwood, and Redheart?

A: Bloodwood and Redheart have the most "red" overall tone to their color where padauk has a more burnt orange tone. Padauk and Bloodwood have more of distinct grain pattern than Red Heart which tends to have solid red sections with no discernible pattern.
 
Quilted Sapele
Q: What wood have you worked with that has the most natural shimmer?

A: Quilted Sapele is by far the most dramatic contrast in wood tone and shimmers the most. It has rich dark brown strips with blonde shimmering highlights. It's not listed as a standard wood grain on our website, but we can get it and it makes a lovely flute.
 


.Need to transport or store your flute?
.We can make you a Leather Fringed Bag.
Native American Flute Bag
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 WOOD GRAIN CLOSEUPS AND PRICING
 
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.
 
Bass Size 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.

 $275 Cedar Woods 
 $300 Domestic Woods - USA 
 $325 Imported Woods and X-tra Hard Domestic Woods 
 $350 Curly and Highly Figured Grain Woods - (Domestic and Imported) 
 $400 Rare Woods 

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


Cedar - Eastern

 Cedar - Western

Ash 

Ash - Curly 

Birch 

$275

$275

$300

$350

$300
 Eastern Cedar Wood Western Cedar Wood  Ash  Wood Curly Ash Wood Native American Flute - Birch  Wood

Birch - Flame Bloodwood Bubinga Bubinga -Pomelle  Canary Wood
$350 $325  $325 $350 $325
Flame Birch Wood Bloodwood Bubinga Wood Bubinga Pomelle Wood Canary Wood

Cherry  Cherry - Curly Juniper  Lacewood Leopardwood
$300  $350  $300 $325  $325
Cherry Wood Curly Cherry  Wood Lacewood Wood Leopardwood Wood

Mahogany  Maple Maple - Curly Osage Orange Padauk
$325  $300  $350 $325 $325
Mahogany Wood Maple  Wood Curly Maple  Osage Orange - bois d'arc Wood Padauk Wood

Red Heart Sassafras Sitka Spruce Walnut Walnut - Curly
$325  $300  $300  $300  $350
Redheart Wood Sassafras Wood Sitka Spruce Wood Walnut Wood Curly Walnut Wood

Yellow Heart Oak - Red Oak - White  
$325   $300   $300  
YellowheartWood 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.
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 Purple Heart Zebra Wood Kingwood
 $400  $325  $325 $325
 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 Wood

Purple Heart Wood

Purple Heart darkens the longer that is it exposed to air and sunlight. 
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 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. 



F.Y.I.
5 Hole Flute vs 6 Hole Flute
We can make you a 5 hole flute but, we prefer a 6 hole flute. Let me explain why.
The Open Hole Fingering Minor Pentatonic Scale is played exactly the same on a 6 hole flute and a 5 hole flute. The difference is, on a 6 hole flute you keep the 3rd hole from the top covered all the time.
As you progress in your playing, you will want the benefit of being able to use the additional hole on a 6 hole flute.






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.




ORDER YOUR FLUTE

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Order By Phone: 1-417-535-6032
 
 




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