The William S. Haynes story is one of a passion for perfection; the genesis of all flutemaking in America. With care and caution, William Sherman Haynes and his brother George Haynes fashioned the first Haynes flute, a copy of a Boehm-Mendler, at the request of a member of the Boston Symphony in 1888. Around this time, George Haynes also invented the "drawn tone hole" on an alto flute, revolutionizing the flute making process forever. The first publicly available Haynes flute was number 507, so lessons learned in crafting over five hundred prototypes helped him shape a set of principles that set the benchmark for modern flute creation. Around 1920, Haynes Flutes partnered with Georges Barrere, principal flutist of the New York Symphony, to create the American version of the French model flute - an open hole, soldered tone hole flute, and in 1935, Haynes built Barrere the very first American flute made of Platinum, #14,000. Through the years, Haynes has been the choice of legendary players including William Kincaid, Georges Laurent, John Wummer, and Jean-Pierre Rampal (Haynes #29333, 14K gold) to name a few. Mr. Haynes built a workforce of craftspeople who to this day share his ideals of craftsmanship and ardor for the art. Mr. Haynes' passion for perfection still resonates in every flute created today. When you play a Haynes flute, you know that you are playing a flute with more than 125 years of history, a flute of uncompromising standards.
At Haynes, we want to know your sound, the feel of your technical artistry, and the special features that make your flute complete. Every flute can be completely customized - from tubing material, mechanism, options, and engravings. Discover why today's greatest artists - from James Galway and Emmanuel Pahud to Jeanne Baxtresser and Amy Porter - play on a Haynes Flute!