About my Akebono Flute
This flute is made of African Mahogany and plays in the key of A. It is a hybrid instrument featuring a Native American Style Flute sound mechanism, but tuned to a slightly modified version of the Japanese Akebono scale (A B C E F G#).
This flute is the result of a discussion with award-winning recording artist Scott August. Scott has one of my rim-blown flutes featuring the Akebono scale. He and I thought it would be interesting to put that scale on a Native American Style Flute to make it more accessible to those who can't play rim-blown flutes. Here is a video demonstrating the flute's sound and capabilities.
My flutes are bored from a single piece of wood, unlike many other flutes where the wood is split in half, hollowed out, and glued back together. That means there are no glue seams that can split or crack due to excessive moisture or warping of the wood. They also feature my signature low-profile bird. I finish my flutes with an all-natural non-toxic blend of hardening oils and waxes. The finish is clear in order to enhance the natural beauty of the wood, and it provides low maintenance protection for your instrument.
My flutes are voiced and tuned to be performance quality. The sound is rich and full, and there is minimal breathiness. They must be up to my high standards of sound and appearance. If the flute is not something that I would buy for my own personal collection, I won't sell it to you. I firmly believe that flutes must be of the highest quality, even for beginners, so that you can enjoy creating beautiful music while avoiding the frustrations that I experienced with the first flute I purchased.
NOTE: I am not an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Therefore, my flutes are not “Native American Made” as defined by the Federal Government or the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. If it is your desire to own a flute made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, I am happy to recommend other flutemakers.