WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY
2525 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67211
Tel: (316) 684-0291; FAX (316) 684-6858
RARE & SUPERB HANDMADE ALL-SILVER FLUTE FROM E.V. POWELL
Although not well known today, the limited production full-handmade flutes by E. V. Powell were of the highest quality.
Musician and inventor E. V. Powell was the son of Verne Q. Powell, founder of the well-known Boston flute company that bears his name.
E. V. Powell's flutes were made in a small workshop in Vermont by a handful of artisan/craftsmen, some of whom were ex-Verne Powell Flute Company employees. Only 30 V. Q. Powell flute were ever produced, all in 1982. Legal action by the V. Q. Powell Flutes in Boston prevented the Powell name from being used on any flutes produced after the first 30.
The E. V. Powell flutes are all silver with full handmade construction, .014" body tube, and soldered tone holes. The small company pioneered silver soldering or brazing tone holes to the body of the flute, a difficult technique that results in a much more durable construction than lead-soldered tone holes on which the lead solder eventually hardens and deteriorates. Modern Verne Q. Powell flutes have brazed tone holes, but the technique was first developed for E. V. Powell flutes over 30 years ago!
Our E. V. Powell flute bears #25 and has French keywork (open holes), pointed French-style key arms, low B foot section, and in-line G.
Condition of the flute is all-original, pristine and immaculate, with no scratches, no damage ever.
A similar silver handmade flute from Powell, Haynes, or Brannen today has a price of over $11,000.
We think our rare E. V. Powell flute is a best buy at $4500. Our 24-month service warranty is included.
Wichita Band Instrument Company is a small musical instrument emporium located in the center of the USA. We’ve been in business since 1953 and have had the same owner since 1963. Originally we were a repair shop that specialized in woodwind and sax restoration. Today we have 18 employees including eight of the finest repair technicians in the country. Virtually ALL the items we sell have been fully reconditioned in our own shop, although we do sell a few unrestored historical instruments each year.
It’s sometimes possible to buy a vintage flute on Ebay for a lower price, but unless that instrument wears all new pads and corks from a reputable shop, you won’t know how it plays until you spend another several hundred to have it mechanically overhauled. With a used flute from OUR shop, you know it’s in the finest condition when it arrives at your home!
Here’s what we do to all used flutes we sell:
The instrument is taken apart and everything washed clean. Dings are next burnished from body, head and foot. After the body-shop work’s been completed, we swedge hinge-tubes tight again and re-fit them to the flute body. Finally, pads and corks are replaced and the instrument play-tested. Pre 1950 French flutes often require more than twice the restoration time that we need for a modern Haynes or Powell. We use thin double-skin pads of the highest quality and shim each pad in the manner of the best Boston makers.
Wichita Band’s service warranty is the same as it’s been for more than thirty years:
“ALL new and all used instruments sold by Wichita Band Instrument Company come with our 24 month service warranty. It’s in addition to any factory guarantees. For two full years, we will repair or replace, whichever in our estimation is the more advisable, pads, corks, springs or other parts required, at no charge to the customer. The customer is responsible for shipping and insurance charges. Cases and plating finishes are not covered by our service warranty but are sometimes covered by factory guarantees.”
Wichita Band Instrument Company maintains a repair department capable of restoration work of the highest quality. Even though repairs are essentially “free” for the first two years, after that period has expired, we remain at your service to maintain and repair your musical equipment forever. It’s our “service after the sale” promise and has been since 1953!
In the event that a customer requires service under factory guarantees or Wichita Band’s service warranty, the item must be returned to us and not directly to the manufacturer.
Anything we sell can be sent to you for a short approval period without obligation. We collect NO SALES TAX, unless you’re lucky enough to live in Kansas. The customer is responsible for shipping and insurance and must pre-pay back to us any freight and insurance charges on returned equipment.
International shipping is available. Returned items will be refunded within 3 weeks of receiving the item. We’re happy to send any instrument “on approval” for ten days, but ask the prospective buyer to pay shipping both ways and to reimburse us for restocking and clean-up costs (2.95%) on any returned instrument.
VISA/MASTERCARD/DISCOVER/PAYPAL ACCEPTED. Credit cards not accepted from some countries and we must ship to the credit card billing address with exceptions made at our discretion.
We’re happy to respond to any and all questions about flutes and other musical instruments, but please don’t write and ask “What’s granny’s mellophone worth?”. Do an Ebay search and you’ll learn more than we’ll be able to tell you.
Feel free to call or e-mail for any additional information.
Wichita Band Instrument Co.
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