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This handmade Powell flute is absolutely gorgeous, and is still in its original box. It is in MINT condition, both aesthetically, and mechanically. Bought brand new in June of 2008, it was played very little afterwards, and is as "new" as a pre-owned flute gets.
This beautiful instrument is characterized by the typical quality of a handmade Powell: It is the Conservatory model, with a sterling silver head, body and foot, drawn tone holes, .016 tubing, modern Powell Scale, A=442, offset g, French cups, and b foot w/ gizmo.
*To read about the one change that has been made to these flutes since 2008, please see below.
The headjoint is a hand cut "Soloist", which is one of the newer cuts, designed in collaboration with Ransom Wilson. I wish this cut had been available when I bought my Powell in the early 80's. I am very impressed with it. The factory description is as follows:
"The Soloist headjoint is the newest addition to the headjoint styles offered by Powell. This new style was developed in collaboration with renowned flutist, Ransom Wilson. The Soloist headjoint features strength and flexibility. It offers a strong sound which allows the player to fill a hall, as well as complete command for performing the quietest of passages. The embouchure plate, which is similar to the Boston style, provides the player with quick, responsive articulation while a new style of undercutting gives the headjoint its strong, full color."
I just finished a thorough play-test covering various styles of music, and I was impressed with how full and rich the sound is in all registers, and how much volume it is capable of in the lower register. The response is immediate and very crisp on rapidly tongued passages, and there are many possibilities to expand on color, expression, and dynamics. Beautiful! Please feel free to ask for a video of this flute being played.
It still looks new in its original box, and has a slimline hardshell case, and also the soft outer carrying case. All are in like-new condition. This would make the perfect gift for someone!
Currently, the lowest price on-line for a comparable new Handmade Conservatory Powell flute is $6820. Asking $5850.
Free shipping with phone order to any of the lower 48. Ask about rates to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada.
*About the Pinless Mechanism vs. the Pinned-the Change Made to this Model Since 2008:
Since 2008 when this flute was made, there has been one change to the current Conservatory models: They now have a pinless mechanism. I want to mention some thoughts about this from my perspective:
There are varying opinions out there, and there are flutists who say they can feel the difference with the pinless mechanism. :I've recently spent time on the phone with folks who work at Powell, and also other companies, like Miyazawa. I found it interesting that two people, one who works at Powell and tests many of their flutes, and the other who works at Miyazawa and tests many flutes, both told me that they can't tell a difference between the pinless and the pinned mechanism in the way they feel or play. They both told me that having the pinless mechanism is more of an advantage to the repairman who works on a flute than it is to the player.
I cannot tell a difference in the way the two different types feel, as I've had both (unpinned and pinned) go through my hands on consignment. This includes Miyazawas that had one hand pinned and the other hand unpinned: I could not feel any difference between the two hands. ::
This Powell for sale has fantastic action, and I'm very impressed with how smooth the mechanism is.
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