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Burkart Flutes

Resonance and easy control. Extremes in tonal color and dynamic range. These are the hallmakrs of our luxury line of precious-metal instruments. Each key of the Burkart flute and piccolo is designed as an extension of the human body. The curves, angles, heights, and reaction of the touch pieces maximize technique and minimize fatigue. Our mission at Burkart is to enable the flutist to push the performance envelope by giving full voice and limitless technical possibilities to the instrument. Every Burkart flute, piccolo and headjoint truly embodies the motto "The Sound and Feel of Great Design."

Burkart's micro-Link™ Mechanism is an improvement upon all previous pinless mechanisms, this innovative architecture provides stability with two solid 14K white gold rods, reduces weight, and allows the transfer of motion to be very close to the main axle of the keys. By design, the keys are easy to remove for maintenance and adjustments. The simple elegance of Burkart's micro-Link™ mechanism results in equally light spring tension througout, stable and balanced response for both the right and left hands, and lightning-fast action.

Burkart Professional Flutes

The Burkart Professional model is handmade with the same custom built keys found on the Elite model. This flute features Burkart's micro-Link™ pinless mechanism, with drawn tone holes. The drawn tone hole is extruded from the material of the body of the tube.

9K G&S: The exterior of the body and headjoint are 9K gold and the interior is sterling silver. The tubing is crafted in (.016'') wall thickness, of which the 9K gold layer comprises 20%. This flute marries the best tonal qualities of gold and silver. Rich in aesthetic appeal, the 9K Gold & Silver flute is extremely rewarding to play.

Burkart Silver Elite Flutes

The Burkart Elite flute is a handmade custom flute with soldered tone holes, featuring Burkart's micro-Link™ pinless mechanism. Every flute option and customization is available on the Elite flute.

Burkart's Standard silver flutes are made of sterling silver(92.5% silver). The darkest, roundest, and most robust sound in the sterling silver family.

Our 998 Silver flute has the tonal depth, color, and projection of a platinum flute, with the warmth of a gold flute, and yet speaks with the shimmer and brilliance of a silver flute. The resonance of this flute is the result of its extraordinary 99.8% pure silver tube that is both hard and reflective. Hardness imparts vibrancy, color, and a beautiful distinction in the sound of the Lillian Burkart Elite 998 silver flute.

Our 5-95 is made from 5% pure platinum and 95% pure silver, with a wall thickness of (.016''), this flute delivers an increased spectrum of color, as with gold or platinum, but with considerably less weight. Combining focused sound and good projection, the dynamics and intensity are greater than with sterling silver.

Burkart Gold Elite Flutes

The 10K Rose Gold flute offers the flutist the opportunity to explore the added depth of gold while retaining the beautiful brilliance of a silver flute.

Our classic 14K Gold flutes feature the traditional rose or white gold alloys. The 14K flute produces a full, deep, rich timbre. Our white gold tube produces an especially clear, resonant sound with excellent overtones and a wide palette. A solid 14K rose gold mechanism is also offered on the Elite model, and extends the magnificence of the gold Burkart flute. A gold mechanism will not tarnish and retains its luster for many lifetimes of enjoyment.

The Burkart Platinum flute is made with a (.011'') wall of an extraordinary alloy, SSP, which intensifies the Burkart characteristics of resonance, responsiveness, and projection. Burkart Platinum flutes are the most stable in terms of response and offer the flutist the most extrememe dynamic possibilites.

Burkart Headjoint Selections

Every headjoint is tested by the founder to assure artistic and tonal integrity with her design. Whether you need is for a powerful, rich headjoint with projection in the orchestra, a sweet sound for chamber music or a mellow and easy headjoint in the studio or club, Burkart has a headjoint for you.

C4 Model: This embouchure, derived from a classic cut, produces a warm, round, full-bodied sound. It is noted for its fluidity and flexibility in slurring wide intervals. The player will enjoy homogeneity in all three octaves, and even into the fourth register. The stability and ease of play allow for nuance within a wide range of colors and dynamics.

M2 Model: This unique cut is Lillian Burkart's most innovative. The air stream is quickly excited and the player achieves exceptional response and projection. The embouchure shape focuses the tone, resulting in a clear, clean, and directed flute provides an unprecedented dynamic range and powerful low register.

S4 Model: This embouchure, derived from a traditional style, produces a pure, warm sound. It is noted for its flexibility in air stream direction and expressiveness. The player will experience evenness in all three octaves, and effortless articulation. The stability and ease of play allow for nuances within a wide pallet of color creating a sound full of brilliant richness and depth.