The Ellis Irish Flute is a Pratten-style flute made from stabilized, hard maple that has been stained a gorgeous reddish-brown that highlights the natural grain of the maple. The stabilization process gives the wood increased density which, when coupled with the hard maple’s natural strength, makes it very similar in feel to a blackwood flute.
It features nickel silver bore rings, a decorative, turned crown and Geoffrey’s unique innovation: the combination joint/tuning slide. One of the disadvantages of conventional designs is that in order to have a tuning slide, there must be a barrel with a socket at one end for the flute body. This requires more labor to fabricate and creates an additional point of disruption within the bore of the flute. By eliminating the barrel and creating only a single point of irregularity in the bore, the tone is benefited and the overall cost of the flute is kept down.
The slide/joint consists of a nickel silver tenon that is set into the body of the flute (the opposite of a conventional flute where the tenon is in the head joint). The head joint features a Delrin lined socket that is precision fit to accommodate the metal tenon. This allows the player to disassemble the flute for swabbing and storage, but when assembled it becomes a precision tuning slide! Flutes without tuning slides oblige the player to try to tune with the socket and tenon between the head joint and body, creating a large area of displacement within the bore, compromising the tone. The slide/joint design provides absolutely the minimum amount of disruption.
Clear, powerful voice and balanced tuning make it the perfect session flute.