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Folk Flute by Casey Burns


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Made by American flutemaker Casey Burns.

The Folk Flute plays beautifully. Intonation is excellent, response is fast, the tone is wonderful, and it is very comfortable to play. At $450.00, it is an excellent value. The flutes shown here are made of African blackwood or Turkish boxwood. (Mopane is temporarily unavailable as a wood choice.) Your choice of wood makes no difference in the price. Please choose your wood, as well as your finger-hole spacing, from the drop-down menus. Crafted individually by hand in America by an artisan flute maker with 32 years experience, each Folk Flute is unique and will only gain character and depth of tone with age - as will all traditional wooden flutes. Over 1000 Folk Flutes have been sold since 2004.

What it is, exactly: A three-piece wooden flute for playing traditional music: nothing more, but nothing less. This very affordable flute is designed for:

  • beginning and intermediate wooden flute players
  • beginning Irish music players
  • whistle players getting a "first flute"
  • younger flute players
  • experienced players with limited budgets
  • experienced players who want a fine instrument for travel
  • players who want a great instrument with a proven track record

Click here to read more about it, see more photos, and hear Grey play it. For information on hole-spacing optoins, see below.

Note: It may take as long as 60-75 days before we can ship your Folk Flute to you. If you order a Mopane flute, it may take up to one month longer.

A note about the shipping cost: Your flute will be shipped directly to you by Casey Burns. When you finish you purchase here, you will be shown this online store's automated shipping options (which are based solely upon the weight of the flute). However, the actually shipping cost will be somewhat more, because of insurance and the shipping method that Casey Burns uses. Consequently, once you have completed your purchase with us, we will contact you to request a small additional payment in order to meet Casey Burns' actual shipping prices, which are as follows:

  • Within the US: $17
  • To Canada: $33
  • All Other Countries: $49 

​Hole-Spacing Options

Ergonomic Standard. This standard spacing has a slightly closer spacing than most of of the other flutes out there, if only by a few millimeters in some cases. However, these few millimeters make a huge difference, as does the slight offset of the ring finger holes.

Small-Handed. Casey Burns started addressing the needs of smaller handed players as far back as 1985, and iteratively developed flutes that are comfortable to one's hands with the narrowest finger spacings available in the Irish Flute market. Distances between fingerholes (measured center to center) range from 32 to 35mm on the Ergonomic Standard flute, and from 29 to 32mm on the Small Handed flute. Holes are offset for further comfort. If your hands are on the small side, and especially if you have issues with such things as arthritis or tendonitis, or simply want a flute that doesn't require you to spread your fingers much, we suggest the Small-Handed option.

Is the Small-Handed flute quieter?  Not at all, Most of the sound generation is due to the shape and effectiveness of the embouchure hole. Any effect of the resulting smaller fingerholes may be easily overcome by increasing the degree of undercutting, bore profile and other acoustical aspects. The best way to accomplish this design-wise is to make several hundred of these flutes - while trying to make each one better than the previous one. Casey Burns has done this, and his small-handed flutes hold up very well in sessions and performances.

Here are measurements of the fingerhole spacings for Casey Burns flutes - measured center of hole to center of hole, for comparison purposes.

  • Between 1st and 2nd fingerhole Standard: 35mm Small Handed 32mm
  • Between 2nd and 3rd fingerhole Standard: 33mm Small Handed 31mm
  • Between 4th and 5th fingerhole Standard: 32mm Small Handed 31mm
  • Between 5th and 6th fingerhole Standard: 32mm Small Handed 29mm

Large-Holed Standard. This option is similar to the Ergonomic Standard except that the holes are farther down the body, and are slightly larger and spaced a little bit wider apart. These factors make the flute as resonant as possible. Playing a flute in this configuration requires larger hands, or playing "piping style" using the finger pads, instead of the finger tips. This would be a good choice for an experienced player. We still recommend the Small-Handed and Ergonimc Standard spacings for most beginning players.

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