I consulted a highly respected and nationally recognized flute builder, who shall remain nameless…as to what he thought of D# for a fundamental on a flute. He said “I LOVE D#...it’s my favorite” so I asked, “Do folks buy them?” His reply was “no”. I guess it’s time to find out if he was just kidding. I like it.
Characterized as an often overlooked tone wood, this Brazilian hardwood flute is24-1/4” in length, with a 1” bore diameter. Additional woods include three layers of contrasting SE Asian amboyna burl at mouthpiece, 26mm bookmatched amboyna burl disks to the compression chamber, and a fetish cut from Honduran mahogany, bonded to a base of Oklahoma red cedar.
Inlay, starting at the mouthpiece, consists of a 9x14mm Mexican boulder opal, flanked by 4.2mm turquoise cabs. Moving forward, I cut a 9.5mm disk of 22 million year old wooly mammoth tusk, and set it behind the sound chamber stone because it kind of shared the same coloration. The sound chamber stone is a 13x24mm oval cut Mexican crazy lace agate. The finger holes are accented with four 4mm abalone dots and an 8mm cab of dome cut leopard jasper. Lastly, the fetish has an 8.3mm old Tibetan turquoise cab set to the crown, and 2.3mm hematite beads, set as eyes.
The flute was tuned at an ambient temp of 72 degrees F, a wood temp of 72.8 degrees F, with 56% humidity, at 65 ft. above sea level.
The instrument includes a removable (slide off) band of western diamondback snake skin, harvested from a den on the Spike Box ranch outside of Benjamin TX.
Please note that the ties run through the flute, and not around it. This tricky procedure allows me to fiddle with inlay to the sides of the compression chamber. For drying purposes, simply loosen the ties and move the fetish to the side. Should you remove the ties altogether, coax them back through the holes with a wooden toothpick, so as not to damage the channels.