Delrin-polymer Flutes for Irish Music: Forbes Flutes

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Polymer Flute Delrin Maker Irish Celtic

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Delrin-polymer Flute for Irish Music

At present I am making a tunable, keyless, three-piece, Pratten-style flute in Delrin polymer(pictured above).

Here is a sound clip of David Migoya playing this model on John Lardiner's (with Kevin Rumery on the bouzouki).

My flutes are machined out of solid rod stock. To make the body of the flute, I follow the same basic sequence of operations that flutemakers did 200 years ago when shaping a flute out of wood (though I have more power tools than they did!). The final finishing--where holes are shaped and sharp corners are rounded--is particularly important for the final voicing and tuning of the flute. Every flute I make is individually played and carefully checked before I send it on to its new home.

Particular features of my design are:

For information on availability, please see the ordering page.