Custom Orders

A lot of my work these days involves custom orders. Whether it's a flute or a guitar or something completely new, I've always got interesting projects on my workbench. Looking for something in a certain wood or key? Easy enough. Want an exotic tuning on a flute? I've done plenty of those. Oddball cigar box guitar? Check. Seven string electric violin? I'm still working on that one, but it will get done eventually.

If you're looking for a flute in a certain key, made of a certain wood, in one of the scales that I already offer, I'll be glad to make one for you (assuming I can find the wood you want — and assuming it's not one of the few woods I'm horribly allergic to). If you're interested in having me make a flute with a custom scale that I haven't done in the past, I'll certainly consider it, although with a few caveats. Prototyping new instruments takes a lot of time though, and that can end up being quite costly. Let me know what you have in mind and I'll be happy to discuss it with you.

Maybe you want a cigar box guitar, but instead of fretting it for a full chromatic scale or even common diatonic or pentatonic scales, you want one fretted specifically for a Middle Eastern scale. I can certainly build it. Maybe you've seen some oddball instrument on YouTube, and you can only find one guy in Germany who makes them. Send me a little information and I may be able to build something similar for you, although again, that could take a good bit of time.

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Please be aware that custom orders are added to my waiting list, and I work on them as time permits. During certain times of the year, I'm traveling almost non-stop to festivals, so I'm hardly in the workshop at all for long stretches. I aim to get things done as quickly as I can, but my top priority is quality, and I'm never going to rush anything out the door if it isn't right. Given my current backlog, custom orders may take 3 to 6 months to complete.

Please get in touch and I'll be happy to discuss your project with you. Once I know what you have in mind, I'll be able to give you a more accurate time and cost estimate. Thanks!


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