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Attention to Detail
It is Powell's attention to detail that produces such a beautiful instrument. The body and headjoint are made from grenadilla wood infused with resin. This material has the same acoustic properties as natural wood and even weighs the same. It is also much more stable than traditional wood instruments in environments where temperatures and atmospheric conditions are constantly changing. This way you don't have to worry about your instrument, so you can concentrate on the performance. Once combined with the silver plated mechanism and 10K white gold springs, you will realise the 850 piccolo is made to impress.
Modern Powell Scale
A piccolo's scale has a huge effect on intonation and balance. The placement and size of the tone holes are the primary determinants of the scale. Sonaré flutes include the renowned Modern Powell Scale. They are produced at Powell’s Maynard, Massachusetts, workshop, using the same patented technology used to produce Powell’s professional gold flutes.
The famous Powell Sound derives primarily from the quality headjoint and the Modern Powell Scale. All Sonaré flutes and piccolos include headjoints which are handmade at Powell’s Maynard workshop. The men and women crafting these headjoints are all accomplished flutists whose knowledge and expertise allows them to cut headjoints to the highest performance standard.
To ensure your Powell piccolo stays in its best condition, the 850 comes with everything you need to look after it. To protect your instrument while commuting, a French style case is included. For added protection, the 850 includes a soft carry case which makes transportation easier and comfier. To make sure your piccolo lasts as long as possible, it should be cleaned regularly. This is why the Sonaré 850 comes with a maintenance kit that includes a swab stick, gauze swab, and polishing cloth so you can keep your new piccolo looking brand new.
About Powell Flutes
Since their founding in 1927, Powell Flutes has been a leader among makers of professional flutes and piccolos. Verne Powell opened his first shop at 295 Huntington Ave in Boston Massachusetts, just down the street from the famous Boston Symphony Hall. The first ten flutes made by Mr Powell were owned by some of the most famous American flautists of the time, including William Kincaid, Arthur Lora, and John Wummer. By 1930 Powell flutes were part of major orchestras in Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, and Philadelphia.
Today the workshop is in Maynard, a small town just outside Boston. The shop occupies one floor of a building that was originally a woollen mill. Much like the workers who originally occupied the building, the flute makers continue the New England tradition of craftsmanship and a devotion to making the highest quality instruments. Every day they employ a strategic combination of handcrafting, technology, and a little bit of magic that enables you to explore your musicality.
- Body Material: Resin-infused Grenadilla
- Keys: Nickel Silver
- Key Plating: Sterling Silver
- Headjoint Tubing: Resin-Infused Grenadilla
- Headjoint Style: Wave
- Arms: Y Arms
- Springs: 10K White Gold
- Split E: Yes