How would you like to get a wooden flute that offers a fully chromatic range but with no cross-fingering, half-holing, or keys? You get just that with our keyless chromatic 10-hole flute. Though it takes some time get used to dedicating each finger to a tone hole, many of our clients have taken the challenge and absolutely love this instrument.
Our three-piece, open-C keyless flute utilizes the exact same design and construction at the standard unkeyed flute, but with one major difference. We've replaced the cross-fingering of C naturals with an open C tone hole operated by the left thumb. This allows you to produce a perfect C natural without cross-fingering and without a long C key.
The Healy keyless open-C flute body is shown above two keyed flutes. Click the image to get a clear view of the open-C thumb hole.
The keyless wooden flute is where many of our clients get started on their musical voyages. The flute is available as both a two (head joint, one piece body) or three (head joint, body, foot joint) piece instrument. This sturdy, dependable flute is perfect for all forms of music and session playing as well as for recording and public performances. In tune across three octaves, you can play this flute as loudly or quietly as you need. All of our unkeyed flutes can be upgraded with keys at any time.
The Healy Flute Company offers extensive repair services for simple-system wooden flutes, Boehm flutes, fifes, and piccolos. Instrument repairs are priced on a per job basis with a shop time cost of $100/hour. All repairs come with a one year guarantee starting on the date that the instrument is shipped back to the customer.
Ask ten people about the care and feeding of wooden flutes, fifes, and piccolos and you'll get ten different opinions ranging from perfectly credible to utterly absurd. If you wrote down all of the online and offline discussion about oiling wooden flutes alone, you could probably fill several large city libraries.
Can I leave the instrument in one piece?
Yes you can, but I advise against it. There is a high likelihood that the sections you leave joined will “freeze.” Proper maintenance of your tenons will help you avoid this situation. If you take it apart, it will never happen.
I always make it a practice of mine to try to speak personally with clients before their purchase of a Healy Flute Company instrument. While this may not always be the case, there usually is an e mail or two at the very least. This is to try to eliminate the chance that a client would order an instrument that doesn't correctly fit their needs. Here are my written Policies concerning Refunds, Returns, and Warranties.
The Healy Flute Company frequently customizes its flutes, fifes, and piccolos as well as instrument keywork to accomodate our customers. Please email Skip Healy to discuss specific modifications and cost estimate.
Common modification include anything from offset tone holes to accomodate smaller hands to highly customized keyed instruments. Below are some good examples of custom work done to Healy client flutes.
It can take about 6 months for standard-model keyed flutes to be built but I often have finished flutes in stock as well. Customized instruments will require additional time depending on the level of customization. Payment due in full when your order is placed. We now accept PayPal, personal checks, money orders and direct deposit where available.
In conjunction with the world famous resort community of Arosa, Switzerland and their "MUSIK-KURSWOCHEN" (music course week), I will be teaching a week long series of classes on Irish flute and tin whistle music. The program will take place JULY 31 - AUGUST 4, 2017. I will be posting information and videos about the event very soon!!! Imagine, learning about traditional Irish music high in the Swiss Alps, staying in a beautiful hotel called "Hotel Hohe Promenade" a 3 star hotel with AMAZING food and service...