Kessler Custom Artist Series Flute with C# Trill
Professional Design & Select Materials
Kessler Custom instruments are designed to provide a perfect combination of performance, quality and value for our customers. We work hand in hand with our factory partners in order to achieve this goal, and with our Artist Series Flute with C# Trill, we feel we have more than just succeeded, but rather have completely excelled!
The concept behind our Flute with C# Trill is a simple one, provide a high caliber flute in a budget friendly price point. This was done by focusing on the DESIGN of the flute. In the end, the design of a flute (specifically the headjoint) is more important than the metal that the flute is made out of. Granted, the material does still make a difference, but its difference is not as drastic. Don’t worry, we didn’t skimp on the materials with our Flute with C# Trill either! Read on to find out more!
and dynamics throughout the range of the instrument. A high-end flute without the high-end price!”
With our Artist Series Flute with C# Trill, we focused on the design. The headjoint on our flute is a hand-cut, professional design that allows for excellent tonal expression and a quick response. The keywork of our flute features all of the features that most players want standard. Features such as Off-Set G with Split E Mechanism, French Style Pointed Key Arms, Low B with Gizmo and high end padwork.
This focus on design instead of just the material (like most makers focus on) allows us to offer an exceptionally high caliber performing flute at a reasonable price!
Special Japanese Nickel-Silver
The design of the flute is more important than the material that the flute is made out of. However, this does not mean that the material doesn’t make a difference. Solid Silver has always been the industry’s preference as it gives a richer tone than traditional nickel-silver as it is heavier. Silver is also easy to manufacture with as it is a softer metal. The downside to silver is the cost.
This is why we chose a special Nickel-Silver from Japan for our flute.
- Normal Nickel-Silver: 60% Copper, 20% Nickel, 20% Zinc
- Japanese Nickel-Silver: 67% Copper, 30% Nickel, 3% Zinc
This alloy gives us a heavier nickel-silver that is closer to the weight of Solid Silver helping to give our Artist Series Flute with C# Trill a richer tone more in line with solid silver, but without the price!
Solid Silver Riser
The headjoint of your flute is the most important part of its performance. On the headjoint, the riser (this is the tube that connects the lip plate to the headjoint tube) makes the most ounce per ounce difference in your flute’s performance. So we did decide to pair a Solid Silver Riser with the Japanese Nickel-Silver tube to give as rich of a tone with as affordable of a cost possible.
Pads & Grommets
Your flute’s pad setup impacts your flute’s overall performance, the stability of your flute and the flute’s tonal projection. This is why we opted to use the professional Lucien Deluxe pads which are then secured using delrin pad grommets. While a pad grommet might not sound impressive to most players, they will improve the durability of the flute (compared to traditional metal pad grommets) as they allow for easier removal and re installation thus limiting torn pads during routine flute maintenance. Delrin grommets are used on many of the industry’s $10,000+ flutes!
Our Artist Series Flute with C# Trill is setup in a beautiful carved wood case with a leather case cover – so that our Artist Series Flute with C# Trill looks as elegant as it sounds!
Every Kessler Custom Artist Series Flute with C# Trill we send out to a customer is not released from us unless it has been completely setup in our shop first. This is because the setup on your flute is of the utmost importance! Sometimes, an instrument (regardless of who the manufacturer or the price point is) comes in needing 20 minutes of adjustments and then the very next one can require 2 hours!
This is why we perform our setup in our ProShop on your new Performance Flute before delivering it to you. You trust us with your purchase and we want to make sure that you are rewarded by giving you your new flute setup flawlessly!
|Kessler Custom Artist Series Flute Specifications|
|Body Material||Special Japanese Nickel-Silver with Higher Nickel & Copper Content (almost no Zinc)|
|Headjoint||Professional Embouchure Cut, Japanese Nickel-Silver Tube with Solid Silver Riser|
|Keys||Open Hole, French Pointed Arms|
|Finish||Bright Silver Plate|
|Footjoint||Low B Foot|
|G-Mechanism||Off-Set G with Split E Mechanism|
|Pads||Lucien Deluxe pads with Delrin Pad Grommets|
|Case||Deluxe Case with Case Cover|
|Setup||Professional level setup performed by Chuck Kessler prior to shipping.|
|Warranty||1 Year covering defects in workmanship & material as well as pads & adjustments (through Kessler shop)|
C# Trill Benefits
Why Get a Flute with C# Trill Key?
A flute with C# trill key can do several unique things that you cannot do without it. Here is a list of the most common:
- B to C# in the First and Second Octaves: By providing the C# with a full-sized tone hole, the intonation is better. Additionally, the two-finger trill is avoided.
- C to C# in the First and Second Octaves: Moved from the first finger left hand to the first finger right hand, the trill is generally faster and better in tune.
- High G to A in the Third Octave: Perhaps the better name for the C# trill key would be the High G to A trill key. Finger high G and trill the C# trill and the upper trill key. An otherwise awkward, treacherous, and too-common trill is made easy.
- High G to Ab: Better in tune and much more comfortable.
- High F# to G#: Finger high F# and trill the C# Trill Key. Much easier than the conventional fingering.
- High Ab to Bb: A Mahler favorite. Finger the high Ab and trill both trill keys and the C# Trill Key.
- Tremolos and Shakes: All the first octave, left-hand notes can be tremoloed with C# by just using the C# Trill Key. The same notes can be tremoloed with D natural by using the C# Trill Key and the upper trill key together.
- Pianissimo high Ab: Play second octave Ab with all the left hand keys depressed, add the C# Trill and the high Ab will appear softly and in tune.