Windward Flutes

You may order a flute to your exact specifications or ask us about flutes we have in our inventory.


Contact us for flute availability. All prices in Canadian Dollars

Windward Keyless Flutes


Keyless Pratten in D or Eb

Canadian Torrified maple with wood or synthetic* rings. CAD$2200
Tropical hardwood with wood or synthetic rings. CAD$2200
Tropical hardwood with sterling silver rings. CAD$2300

Keyless Pratten style flute in C

Canadian torrified maple or tropical hardwood with wood or synthetic rings. CAD$2300
Tropical hardwood with silver rings. CAD$2400

Keyless Combo, Eb/D convertible pitch, patented flute

Tropical hardwood or Canadian torrified maple, w/wood or synthetic rings. CAD$2800
Tropical hardwood with silver rings. CAD$2950

Windward Keyed Flutes

An Eb foot-joint key added to any C, D or Eb keyless flute, adds CAD$500. to the price above
6 keys in D or Eb, with bronze or silver rings
(Six key C flute now in prototype stage, price to be announced in April 2020)
CAD$6400
8 keys in D or Eb, with silver rings and keys
(Long C, Bb, G#, Long F, short F, Eb, C# and C keys)
CAD$8760
Combo Pratten with 7 keys in Eb/D, with sterling silver rings
(Long C, Bb, G#, Long F, short F and an Eb key on each foot)
CAD$7700


Wood Types

Canadian Torrified Maple has undergone a heat treatment process that produces a extremely durable and stable wood with a sweet aroma. The synthetic rings are reienforced with carbon fiber.

Tropical Hardwood flutes are made in our regular tone-woods: Grenadilla, Mopane and African Olive.

For special tone-woods like Pink Ivory, Kingwood, Verawood or other, please ask about availability and price.

Flute Types

Each Windward Pratten flute has a tuning-slide and an endcap with an adjustable cork assembly. Rings and detail are in sterling silver or contrasting flute wood, the latter being reinforced with carbon-fibre. If requested faux ivory can be used for flute detailing.

The Windward Combo is a six piece, dual pitch patented Windward Pratten, playable in both D and Eb scales and available as a keyed or keyless instrument.

The Windward C Flute is a keyless instrument, with a single centre section, smaller toneholes and a shorter foot-joint than the Pratten. But the C flute has a strong tone, excellent harmonics and a rich clear voice. It can be ordered with a single footjoint key.

On our simple system keyed flutes, the keys are mounted on integral wooden key-blocks, which have been milled directly out of the centre-joint and foot-joint wood blanks. The keys are hand forged sterling silver, having phosphor-bronze springs, brass axles, and Valentino pads for a good seal and longevity.



Cases

Northwind French style hard case, custom made to fit the Windward Pratten $280
Northwind French style hard case, custom made to fit the Windward Keyed Pratten $310
Northwind French style hard case custom made for the “Combo”
carved basswood shell with kid leather exterior, foam-padded basswood blocking interior, lined in velvet.

$350
Altieri protective carry-bag with pocket and strap (custom made to fit Northwind case)
Water-resistant shell, with 4-layer insulated lining protects flute from abrupt humidity and temperature changes.

$150
Altieri protective carry-bag with pocket and strap for the “Combo” (custom made to fit Northwind case)
Water-resistant shell, with 4-layer insulated lining protects flute from abrupt humidity and temperature changes.

$165
Nylon, padded soft case, divided into three sections for a keyless flute.
Offers some protection, best used within a larger more protective gig-bag

$100

Flute Care Supplies

Alisyn bore oil (29 cc bottle) $9
Alisyn cork and slide grease (10 gm container) $9
Windward’s own formula windings wax (10 gm container) $12
Cleaning Stick $20
Cork-stick (Rod Cameron’s design) with windings “bobbin”and made of flute-wood $50
Flute Care kit ~ cork stick w/bobbin, cleaning stick, bore oil, cork & slide grease and Windward’s windings wax (included with purchase of a new flute) $85




Orders, deposits & payments

To initiate an order, and cue the order into our production schedule, a deposit is required.

Please deposit $1000 for a keyed flute or $800 for a keyless flute. The balance will be due when your flute is completed, and the flute will be shipped when we receive the balance payment. If an order is cancelled, a non-refundable amount of the deposit ($175 for a keyless flute and $350 for a keyed flute) will be retained by Windward Flutes.

Wait Time

For a keyed flute, the wait time is a minumum of 48 months from the date you finalize your order specifications.

For a keyless flute, the wait could be as short as one week or as long as one year. A keyless flute can be obtained immediately, if there is a flute to your specifications in stock. If not, the wait time will depend on whether or not the flute you want is in the current production batch, and how soon it can be tested, subsequent to its completion. Contact us for availability.

Repair & Restoration

Repairs, restoration and workshop consultation are billed at $175 for the first hour and $100 for each hour thereafter.

Initially we evaluate the flute at no charge and discuss our findings with the owner. After accepting the job, we perform an in-depth examination, and consult with the customer about the list of proposed repairs, proceeding with the work only with the authorization of the customer. At this point, the charges are approximate, as it is possible that the final tally may differ somewhat from the estimate. The actual cost of repairs can not be determined until the work is finished.

Materials and parts are billed as a separate cost.

Shipping, Handling & Insurance

Postage, shipping, handling and insurance will be charged to the customer.

We use FedEx as our primary international shipper, and Canada Post Express or Canada Post Priority, for shipping within Canada. The customer can request a preferred method of shipping if they wish. If damage occurs during shipping, we will provide any relevant documents we might have to help the customer with a claim.

For additional information please visit warranty and return policy