Powell

Powell's history is very much tied to their namesake, Verne Q. Powell. A jeweler by trade, Powell fashioned himself a flute in 1910 from whatever silver he could get his hands on, including silver dollars, watch casings, and spoons. This incredible feat of metal working landed him a job at a flute company in Boston. He worked there until 1926, leaving to create his own company. His goal was to be able to produce the world’s finest French flutes, and creating his own company gave him the freedom to devote himself to detail and artistry.

His instruments were immediately recognized as the very best a flutist could play, and endorsements flowed in from flutists around the globe. In 1928 he completed his first all 14K Gold flute; soon, piccolos and alto flutes were added. By 1930 the brand had representation in the Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Baltimore, and New York Orchestras. There were flutes which had a life of their own: William Kincaid's #365, known as the 'World’s Fair' Platinum flute; #900, the only flute ever made entirely of 14K White Gold; and #1142, the “Signature” Flute.

Over the decades innovation has became a hallmark of the Powell company, as they were the first to commercially use the Cooper Scale, the first company to mix silver and gold with the Aurumite flute, and the first to make 19.5K Rose Gold flutes.

The 2100 and 3100 series flutes were developed in the early 90’s, ultimately leading to the debut of today’s Conservatory flutes. The first Conservatory flute was unveiled in 2002 to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary, alongside another new instrument, the Powell Sonaré flute. A year later the Signature flute was launched. 2005 and 2006 saw brand new headjoint styles: the Soloist and the Venti. In 2007 Powell patented a new method for extruding tone holes which is now widely used today. NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman brought her Powell flute on the International Space Station in 2011, making it the only handmade flute to be played in space.

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Powell - Aurumite 9K Conservatory Flute

Powell - Aurumite 9K Conservatory Flute

Each Powell flute has a unique character, yet all bear a family resemblance. Powell instruments are made with care to exacting tolerances and, ultimately, a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to a musical performance standard. From the first...

$11830.00

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Powell - Aurumite Headjoint

Each Powell flute has a unique character, yet all bear a family resemblance. Powell instruments are made with care to exacting tolerances and, ultimately, a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to a musical performance standard. From the first flute made in 1906 by Verne Q. Powell to today's...

$1910.00

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Powell - Conservatory Flute

Powell - Conservatory Flute

Each Powell flute has a unique character, yet all bear a family resemblance. Powell instruments are made with care to exacting tolerances and, ultimately, a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to a musical performance standard. From the first flute made in...

$8860.00

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Powell - Gold Headjoint

Each Powell flute has a unique character, yet all bear a family resemblance. Powell instruments are made with care to exacting tolerances and, ultimately, a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to a musical performance standard. From the first flute made in 1906 by Verne Q. Powell to today's...

$5030.00

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Powell - Grenadilla Wood Flute

Each Powell flute has a unique character, yet all bear a family resemblance. Powell instruments are made with care to exacting tolerances and, ultimately, a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to a musical performance standard. From the first flute made in 1906 by Verne Q. Powell to today's...

$14300.00

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Powell - Grenadilla Wood Headjoint

The perfect marriage of old world tradition and new world design, the Powell Grenadilla headjoint has the ability to transport your sound to a completely different spectrum of color. Powell Grendilla wood headjoints are designed to fit either Powell wooden flutes, Sterling silver flutes with...

$1580.00

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Powell - Piccolo

A handmade Powell Custom piccolo is lyrical and produces a dark, sweet tone that makes the instrument sound like an extension of the flute. Powell makes piccolos from Grenadilla and Kingwood, and Powell artisans carefully select only the highest quality wood, discarding any...

$6700.00

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Powell - Piccolo Headjoint

A handmade Powell Custom piccolo is lyrical and produces a dark, sweet tone that makes the instrument sound like an extension of the flute. Powell makes piccolos from Grenadilla and Kingwood, and Powell artisans carefully select only the highest quality wood, discarding any flawed pieces....

$900.00

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Powell - Platinum Headjoint

Each Powell flute has a unique character, yet all bear a family resemblance. Powell instruments are made with care to exacting tolerances and, ultimately, a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to a musical performance standard. From the first flute made in 1906 by Verne Q. Powell to today's...

$9830.00

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Powell - Signature Flute

Powell - Signature Flute

Each Powell flute has a unique character, yet all bear a family resemblance. Powell instruments are made with care to exacting tolerances and, ultimately, a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to a musical performance standard. From the first flute made in...

$6640.00
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Powell - Signature Headjoint

Verne Q Powell's Signature line of headjoints is designed directly in response to the high demand for comfortable playing that retains the distinct flexibility, richness, and quick response of the Powell sound. The Signature headjoints are always created with .016" sterling silver tubing, lip...

$1340.00

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Powell - Signature Piccolo

The Verne Q Powell Signature Piccolo is remarkable for its sweet, consistent tone throughout all registers, its responsive articulation, and the relative ease of sound production. Made from grenadilla wood with a sterling silver mechanism, 10k white gold springs, an optional...

$4304.00

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Powell - Sterling Silver Headjoint

Each Powell flute has a unique character, yet all bear a family resemblance. Powell instruments are made with care to exacting tolerances and, ultimately, a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to a musical performance standard. From the first flute made in 1906 by Verne Q. Powell to today's...

$1560.00

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Powell Flute Custom - Gold Mechanism, Drawn Toneholes

General - Gold Mechanism, Drawn Toneholes

Each Powell flute has a unique character yet all bear a family resemblance. Powell instruments are made with care to exacting tolerances. Ultimately a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to a musical performance standard. From the...

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Powell Flute Custom - Gold Mechanism, Soldered Toneholes

General - Gold Mechanism, Soldered Toneholes

Each Powell flute has a unique character yet all bear a family resemblance. Powell instruments are made with care to exacting tolerances. Ultimately a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to a musical performance standard. From the...

$39680.00

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