Verne Q. Powell opened his shop at 295 Huntington Ave in Boston, Massachusetts – just down the street from the famous Boston Symphony Hall. The first 10 flutes made by Mr. Powell were owned by some of the most famous American flutists 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. From the first Powell flute, made from melting down 7 silver teaspoons and 3 silver watch cases in 1906, to today's Powell Custom flutes, the humanity of each artisan at Powell is reflected in the character of the instrument. The feel of a key or the aesthetic of a pointed arm are the subtle but telltale signs of the individuality of the flute-maker. In the final analysis it is the musician who determines the true voice of the flute. The unique quality and excellence of a Powell instrument resides in its ability to be shaped by the flutist. Each Powell flute has a unique character, yet they all bear a striking family resemblance. Ultimately, a Powell flute or piccolo is crafted to the highest musical performance standard.
Powell's Handmade Custom flutes have been the "gold standard" of the flute world for more than eight decades. They have been celebrated for their flexibility of color, ease of response, and reliability; this is why instruments made in the 1920s are still being played today in some of the world's greatest orchestras. Every Custom flute continues this tradition and is handmade to exacting specifications by Powell's skilled artisans in Maynard, Massachusetts. Every instrument is a highly functional tool as well as a stunning work of art. The choice is yours.