Historical Traversos
Repair & Overhaul Work
Pfretzschner Kronach Workshop specialising in woodwind instruments

German version

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Denner Eichentopf Quantz Crone Wrede Piccolo

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.