Haynes flutes are admired by professional musicians for their silky tone, pearl-like articulation, and flexibility. These gorgeous instruments come from a line of instruments nearly 125 years old.
In 1888, George and William Haynes made their first flutes in a workshop in Boston thus beginning the Wm. S. Haynes Company. Previously, the two had worked as jewelers but were approached by a musician with the Boston Symphony who requested that they make him a flute. At this time nearly all flutes were wooden and so were those produced by the Haynes Company. By the early 20th century, they had developed a beautiful solid gold flute with silver keys. By this time their reputation for excellence had grown and countless professional musicians began to utilize the company’s flutes.
Around 1920, the principal flutist with the New York Symphony, George Barrere, developed a friendship with William Haynes and became the artistic adviser to the company. From this partnership emerged such models as the American version of the French model of flute. The addition of such musical expertise led to even more exceptional instruments which were soon widely admired by musicians of all skill levels. Haynes flutes have been played and admired by the likes of Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway, and other remarkable flutists.
Woodwind and Brasswind is proud to offer several finely crafted Haynes flutes. The Handmade Drawn Tone Hole Model Professional Flute is ideal for the professional musician who still requires an affordable instrument. This flute possesses a deep, dark sound and is composed of a solid silver body, head joint, and keys. For a top-of-the-line professional instrument consider the Handmade Soldered Tone Holes Model Professional Flute with a 14K riser and French pointed arms. This highly responsive flute creates a brilliant sound with even intonation.
For professional and advanced musicians, Haynes flutes have a reputation for being elite instruments with beautiful tone, excellent response, and ideal articulation.