Welcome to the workshop of Hans Bracker!

I am offering hand-crafted Irish flutes and whistles of fine quality, which I custom build to your requirements in my small workshop in the North of Scotland.

Instruments I make for sale:


Allan Flute

Here is my most beloved eight key wooden flute:

This flute was made by Dominic Allan (see his website) It is his small-holed model in D made of blackwood with boxwood rings. Some short tunes played on this flute are here: Soundsamples

The flute is very beautifully made and of the highest standards of workmanship. Due to the smaller hole sizes (hole 5 is 9mm) and bore it plays very easily and requires less breath, and has a very fast snappy response. It can be played quietly and also quite loud. It has a good tone, perhaps a bit more focussed and crisp and less mellow than some R&R type flutes. The keys are easy to use and very well sprung. The bottom C is easy to play too. Intonation is very good over both octaves, and it is easy to play into the third octave too.

All keys are made from nickel-silver and silver plated with a layer of gold to give a slight yellow shine. This combines very nicely with the boxwood rings. The key design is very ergonomic, all keys are easy to play (no pesky straight G# key!). The Cnat key works a charm with the side of the right hand first finger.

Foot joint with Eb, C# and C keys of modern ergonomic design. To accomodate my large fingers Dominic shortened the C and C# touches a little, which gives me better space to work the Eb key.

The head is partly lined. The slide is nickel-silver with the outer part silver (plus gold) plated.

Bb, Cnat and G# keys.
Dominic did a few modifications, like the bend Bb key, to accomodate my fingers better. The body is recessed at the Bb and short Fnat touches, so the keys open better and give a better tone. The touches have a little pad of felt to prevent noisy keywork. The springs have a metal plate recessed in the body to avoid wear on the wood.

The Fnat combined keys and G# key-touch.
Dominic put an extra spring in for the long Fnat lever, to prevent it from moving loosely.

The sockets have metal rings underneath the decorative boxwood for strength.

Contact Me

You can contact me using the form below,
or send an email to: hans@softflute.co.uk

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Hans Bracker Flutes & Whistles
69 Findhorn Bay Park
Forres, Moray
Scotland UK