Traversos / German Flutes
While making an instrument my aim is to stick to the original as closely as possible and to find out the original intention
of the instruments and make them playable today. Interesting details of the various instrument makers have been researched.
(Two sources out of many are: W. Waterhouse and P.T. Young) They can partly be read under the instrument headwords.
I strive to work as closely to the historical techniques as possible when building an instrument. This requires, e.g. lathe
tooling by hand, or applying special colour effects using nitric acid. I reject varnish because its use can hardly be proved on originals.
Likewise we only use tanned buckskin for all models offered.
European boxwood, African blackwood and African ebony are available.
For ornamental rings I offer ivory (CITES-certificated only) or artificial ivory. Custom types of traversos copying historic originals
and completely made of ivory (Eichentopf, Rippert) are available on request. In this case, please note special terms of order.
Of course, flutes can be made of rosewood, lignum vitae or cocobolo as well.